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’s License contain the address for which you want the permit; OR
  5. You may provide a valid operator’s license along with the operator’s affidavit of residence or an executed lease for a dwelling unit within the requested permit block. In lieu of a Wisconsin Motor Registration with the permit address the applicant may provide a properly executed affidavit that the car is housed at that address. Additional restrictions may apply in the Mobile App Zones.

Application Information

If you meet eligibility requirements, application for a Residential Parking Permit may be made at the City of La Crosse Police Department, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM. Approximately 72 hours will be required to process the necessary paperwork after the initial application and before the permit can be issued. Permits will be mailed to the address listed on the application.

Download: Application for Residential Parking Permit

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

Residential Permit Types and Costs:

  • Resident/Owner: the address on your driver license matches the address of your Application for Residential Parking Permit - no other proof is required.
    • Cost to resident/owner: FREE
  • Tenants/Lessees: the address on your driver license does not match the address of your Application for Residential Parking Permit address - another form or proof is required (i.e. a signed lease with resident's name and address, utility bill, etc.)
    • Cost to tenants/lessees: $50.00 +tax ($52.75) per year

Residential Parking Permit Guidelines:

  • Residential Parking Permits are valid June 1 through May 31 annually, regardless of permit start date.
  • A Residential Parking Permit is valid only when visibly and properly displayed - hung from rear view mirror so that the permit number faces out.
  • Permits are not transferable to another person or vehicle.
  • 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 15 through March 15. Vehicles are to be parked on the even side on even-numbered days from 12:01am to 5:00am and on the odd side on odd-number days from 12:01am to 5:00am.
      • 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.


Once a Residential Parking Permit is Granted:

  • A permit is to be displayed only on the vehicle described on the "Application for Residential Parking Permit" form.
  • Any transfer of this permit to a vehicle other than that described on the Application shall constitute a violation of this regulation.
  • Whenever the license plate number or address for the vehicle listed on the application form changes, the applicant shall notify the City of La Crosse Police Department at (608) 789-7295 immediately. Any parking violations issued related to posted time restrictions will be considered valid.
  • If an application moves to a different location with a posted time restriction, he/she shall immediately contact the Police Department for a new permit. The old permit shall be surrendered and a new permit will be issued. Any parking violations issued related to posted time restrictions will be considered valid.

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.