Apply for a Residential Parking Permit

Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible for a City of La Crosse Residential Parking Permit if you meet the following qualifications:

  1. You have no outstanding parking tickets; and
  2. You have a parking time zone established for the side of the street on which you live; and
  3. Your block is zoned at least 50% residential and multiple-dwelling; and 
  4. Your Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Registration and Wisconsin Driver License contain the address for which you want the permit; OR
  5. You can provide a valid operator's license -AND- a properly executed affidavit that the car is housed at the address -or- an executed lease for a dwelling unit within the requested permit block.

Application Information

Residential Parking Permits are valid from June 1 through May 31 and are renewable.  The cost to property owners is free.  The cost to tenants/lessees is $50.00+tax per year (June 1 through May 31).

If you meet eligibility requirements, you may complete the Residential Parking Permit Application and drop it off at the La Crosse Police Department or mail it, along with copies of the required documentation, to:

La Crosse Police Department
Parking Division
400 La Crosse Street
La Crosse, WI  54601

After the initial application is received, approximately 72 business hours will be required to process the necessary paperwork before the permit can be issued.  At that time you will need to pay any applicable fees and pick up your permit from the Police Department.

Only ONE Residential Parking Permit shall be granted for each licensed driver of the residence.

Once a Permit is Granted

Guidelines for Residential Parking Permits:

  • When you receive your Residential Parking Permit, hang it from your rear view mirror so that the permit number faces out.
  • The permit is valid only on the block for which it is issued.
  • The permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder a parking space; rather once a parking spot has been found, the holder of a permit may remain at that spot beyond the two hour limit.
  • The permit applies only to the period of time when the parking limitation is in effect. Typically the hours are 8am to 6pm.
  • A permit does not authorize the holder to park a motor vehicle or let it stand in such places or during such times as the stopping, standing or parking of motor vehicles is prohibited or set aside for specified types of vehicles, nor does it exempt the holder from observing any traffic regulation other than the specified hourly limit.
    • Examples of traffic regulations and other winter parking regulation:
      • Alternate Side parking which is effective between November 1 through April 1. Vehicles are to be parked on the even side on even-numbered days from 1am to 6am and on the odd side on odd-number days from 1am to 6am.
      • Blocks of streets with parking prohibited on one side and allowed on the other side are exempted from the Alternate Side Parking Ordinance.
      • A street which is divided by a boulevard, median strip, or other separation between the traveled portions of the roadway shall be considered to be one street for the purposes of this ordinance.
  • A motor vehicle cannot be stored on a City street for more than 48 hours.

By taking receipt of a Residential Parking Permit, you agree to abide by the following:

  • City of La Crosse Municipal Code of Ordinances ยง44-39 and Common Council-Approved Guidelines.
  • Notify the La Crosse Police Department of any change to the license plate number for the vehicle listed on the application form.
  • Notify the La Crosse Police Department of any address changes:
    • If you move within the block that the permit is good for, contact the Police Department with the new address.
    • If you move into a different area, remove the permit as it is now void, and contact the Police Department to complete a new Residential Parking Permit Application.

Transfer of this permit to a vehicle other than that described on the Residential Parking Permit Application Form shall constitute a violation of this regulation.

What to do if you trade-in/sell/junk/total your vehicle:

  • The permit is to be removed if the vehicle is sold, junked, etc.
  • A duplicate/replacement permit may be obtained only if all or part of the original permit is produced at the time that a duplicate/replacement is applied for, or proof of theft of the vehicle is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Police Department and subject to prosecution under local and state laws.

Legal Information

Any person who falsely represents him/herself as being eligible for a Residential Parking Permit or who furnishes any false information in the application to the Police Department in order to obtain a residential parking permit shall be in violation of this regulation.


The Police Department is authorized and directed to revoke the Residential Parking Permit of any permit holder found to be in violation; and upon written notification thereof, the permit holder shall surrender such permit to the Police Department. Failure, when so requested to surrender a Residential Parking Permit so revoked, shall constitute a violation of this regulation.


Any person who shall violate any provision of Section 44-39 of the La Crosse Code of Ordinances, upon conviction, will be required to pay forfeiture of up to $500.00.