Residential Parking Permit Districts

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     To make an application for a residential parking permit, or manage residential or visitor parking permits within a residential parking permit district, visit the Bozeman Parking Portal

The Bozeman City Commission has created two Residential Parking Permit Districts to reduce parking congestion around Bozeman High School and Montana State University. Within the Residential Parking Permit Districts (RPPD), a permit is required for weekday on-street parking (8 am - 5 pm); excluding legal holidays.  

Any person who lives within the RPPD is eligible to purchase RPPD permits. Each residence is also allowed to purchase two (2) Visitor permits. Any person employed within the RPPD is eligible to purchase an Employee Parking Permit. Permits are valid from September 1 to August 31.  The cost of an RPPD permit is $25, and they are obtained from the City of Bozeman, Finance Department, 121 N. Rouse Avenue, Bozeman, MT, 59715. 406-582-2337.

 Changes for 2018 RPPD Permits and Renewals .....

     The Parking Division is continuing the implementation of the new T2 parking management and enforcement system. It has been implemented in the parking garage, monthly permit systems, and in parking enforcement through license plate recognition and new ticketing systems. The next phase is the residential parking districts which will transition to virtual permits using the vehicle license plate as the permit and authorization to park in the district. Parking enforcement vehicles will drive through the districts reading plates which will be compared to registered and authorized resident vehicles and notify the parking officer of violations. Once fully implemented, this new system will allow us to more efficiently and accurately ensure compliance with the residential parking district rules. Visitor permits will also be virtual. Resident will log onto the permit system and enter visitor vehicle information for visitors during the enforcement period.

      We have received much feedback about the new system, much of which concerns the changes to the visitor permits. In an effort to ease transition to the new system we are;

  • offering the option for residents to obtain physical visitor hang tags for one more year

  • begin a more robust outreach program in the two parking districts about the program changes and how they impact the program

  • provide a computer at City Hall and have staff available to help residents learn the system and get their vehicles registered

      Admittedly, this is a significant change to the way we’ve always done business and will take some time to work out the bugs and get everyone comfortable. Adding to the confusion was the compressed timeframe we faced for implementation for the September 1 renewal period. We hope this new approach will help ease the transition to what we believe will be a major improvement.

For more information on the 2018 process for Residential Parking Permits, check out these resources: 

Residential Permit App/Renewal Instruction Letter

MSU Residential Permit Application 2018

BHS Residential Permit Application

STEP BY STEP Instructions


General Rules for Residential Parking Permit Districts

     Visitor parking permits shall be used only by visitors of the dwelling unit to which the permits were issued. Residents may not use Visitor permits on their own vehicles.

     The application form for a permit requires proof of residency within the RPPD, a current photo ID, and your vehicle registration. If a vehicle is not registered to you, you must show proof of control of the vehicle (i.e. a written notarized statement from the owner). To obtain an Employee permit, the Employer must sign the application form and list the business license number.

     Falsifying information on registration applications is prohibited and shall void the permit registration. This includes, but is not limited to, falsification of name, residence, license number, and any other data required for registration of a motor vehicle; obtaining a parking permit for an unauthorized person and accepting or using an unauthorized parking permit.

     Any of the following items, showing a current address in the RPPD and dated within the last 30 days, are acceptable documentation of proof of residency:

  • A current energy bill
  • A current cable television bill
  • A current rental receipt or agreement
  • A current bank statement
  • A current credit card bill

     The RPPD is enforced through regular patrol by the Bozeman Parking Services Division. Vehicles parked within the RPPD that do not have the appropriate permits will be issued a Citation, with a penalty of $60 in the MSU RPPD and $20 in the Bozeman High RPPD. If you are planning a special event, at a residence or business within the RPPD, and your Visitor permits are not sufficient to accommodate the number of expected guests, please contact the Parking Services Division for assistance; 406-582-2903.

Legal Holidays for the RPPD:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • National General Election Day (Even Years Only)