New Orleanians who pay to park on streets with green "residential parking" signs likely will pay more than six times the current permit fee — and soon.
The current annual residential parking fee is $15. According to proposed plans from the city's Department of Public Works, people under age 65 will have to pay $40 for an application fee, plus $60 for the annual permit. Students and people over age 65 will pay $40 a year.
According to Public Works Director Col. Mark Jernigan, who presented the rate hike to the City Council's Public Works Committee March 3, the department's Parking Division has been operating at a deficit. Jernigan said the program requires $1 million a year and 20 parking officers (it currently has nine) to fully enforce the city's 17 residential parking zones.
The residential parking program — which was founded before the 1984 World's Fair to give residents parking priority — will allow five permits per year per residence. To be eligible, applicants must have a valid Louisiana driver's license; a copy of a lease, mortgage or tax bill; vehicle registration; and an Entergy or water bill for the address. Students must present a student ID. The plan also calls for replacing the signs.
People will be able to register online and in the program's new office at City Hall.
Following the passage of an ordinance with the proposed rate hikes and changes, the new rules will go into effect within 30-60 days.