Residential Parking Permit

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La Crosse Residential Parking Permit Guidelines:

  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 Valid Wisconsin Driver License contains the address for which you want the permit.
  4. Mobile App Zones may not be eligible.
  5. Multi-Family housing may not be eligible.

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.


If the address on your Driver License matches the address of your Residential Permit Application:

  • Cost to residents is:  FREE
  • Cost to tenants/lessees:  $50.00 +tax ($52.75)
  • Residential Parking Permits are valid June 1st through May 31st annually, regardless of permit start date.
  • A Residential Parking Permit is valid only when visibly and properly displayed.
  • 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 parking regulation:
      • Alternate Side Parking, which is effective between November 15 and March 15. Vehicles are to be parked on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered calendar days from 12AM to 5AM, and on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered calendar days from 12AM to 5AM.
      • 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 may not be stored on a City street for more than 48 hours.

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.

Download the fillable PDF version of the Residential Parking Permit Application.