Public Safety - Parking and Traffic Services

DC Law May Curb Parking Privileges For Students With Out-Of-State Vehicles

New rules may affect students living in Spring Valley, New Mexico/Cathedral and Wesley Heights

Earlier this summer, the DC Council passed the "Residential Parking Protection Act of 2012" in response to area residents' complaints about the increasing difficulty in finding on-street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding AU. The new legislation disqualifies full-time students who reside temporarily in the District from obtaining Reciprocity Permits that allow them to park their out-of-state-registered vehicles in the neighborhood. Students who reside in the neighborhood and wish to park in the restricted areas for more than two hours will be required to register their vehicles in the District, and apply for a Residential Parking Permit (RPP). 

The new legislation is expected to take effect on January 1, 2013, or once the District incorporates its fiscal effect in its budget and financial plan – whichever occurs later. Students who live and park in Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) districts 3D01, 3D02, 3D07, 3D08, and 3D10 – generally parts of Spring Valley, New Mexico/Cathedral, and Wesley Heights – will be affected by the legislation. To locate your ANC 3D district, click the link below.

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