Municipal Parking Department to begin enforcement on Sundays and in new Residential Parking Zones in early 2024

  • Enforcement to begin January 2 for new Residential Parking Zones requested by residents and approved by Council  
  • Residential Parking Zones ensure residents with a parking permit in designated areas without driveways and garages have dedicated street parking near their homes, get your permit today at 
  • Current Residential Parking Zones are in Cass Park, Selden, Southern and Central Brush Park 
  • Citywide parking safety violations will now be enforced Sundays for the first time, though meter parking will still be free on Sundays 


The City of Detroit’s Municipal Parking Department (MPD) is announcing changes to parking enforcement that will begin starting in January.  First, enforcement within four recently established Residential Parking Zones will begin one at a time beginning January 2 into February. Once enforcement begins in each zone, it will take place on a seven-days-per-week basis.  

Also beginning on January 2 will be the addition of Sunday enforcement of parking safety violations – including blocking fire hydrants, alleys or driveways. Previously these violations were only enforced Monday through Saturday.  Metered street parking, however, will not be enforced on Sundays, when it will remain free.  

Residential Parking Zones 

The new residential parking zones and the dates enforcement will begin in each is as follows:  

  • Cass Park and Selden zones will be enforced beginning January 2, 2024 
  • Southern Brush Park zone enforcement will begin January 16, 2024 
  • Central Brush Park zone enforcement will begin February 2024  

The zones were created at the request of residents within neighborhoods who are finding it increasingly difficult to find parking near their apartments due to the growing number of visitors to nearby restaurants and entertainment venues, especially at night.  

Each neighborhood application was developed with guidance from the Municipal Parking Department and approved by City Council.  Each zone was surgically crafted to ensure the City of Detroit will continue to support commercial activity, while alleviating the inconvenience residents feel when they are unable to find parking near their home.  

Details on each zone are available at

Motorists should look out for signs like this.

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“We worked very hard with Council President Mary Sheffield and former Council Member Castaneda-Lopez to draft this ordinance which gives us the ability to create Residential Parking Zones that are laser-focused on the issues surrounding each individual neighborhood,” said Keith Hutchings, Director of the Municipal Parking Department. “We know change isn’t easy, but enforcing these new zones will improve the quality of life for these residents who have asked for them.” 

In most cases, parking will be allowed to anyone in Residential Parking Zones during specific times. If there is a meter in a zone, the motorist must pay the meter or use the ParkDetroit app. Parking becomes restricted to only residential permit holders during certain hours, which in many cases is after 5pm. Each zone is different, and tailored to the needs of the neighborhood, so residents and visitors should observe all posted signs to learn more about the specific restrictions set in place to avoid a parking violation.  

Enforcement for the Residential Parking Zones will be seven days a week, including holidays.  

Citywide Sunday parking safety enforcement begins January 7

Beginning Sunday, January 7, the Municipal Parking Department will enforce safety-related parking violations citywide Sundays. These violations include but are not limited to parking in front of fire hydrants, bus stops, no parking zones, and no standing zones. Free parking in metered spots Sundays and holidays will continue.  

How to get a parking permit if you live in a Residential Parking Zone  

Residential parking permits can only be obtained for City Council-approved residential zones that include the residential addresses within that residential zone. No non-residential properties can obtain permits. 

Permits can be obtained by registering at the website and clicking on the “Residential Parking” tab and following the following steps: 

  • Create an account. 
  • Provide required information. 
  • MPD verifies information and approves the application. 
  • The resident pays for the permit. 
  • The permit is active for 1 year. 

There are four residential permit types, and each residence is entitled to two to three permits, depending on the zone they live in: 

  • Residential Permit (All non-senior and income exemption residents) 
  • Senior Residential Permit (Any resident 65yrs or older) fee is automatically provided 
  • Income Exemption Permit (Any address provided income exemption status by the Detroit Board of Review Department) 
  • Property Owner Parking Permit (Property owners are entitled to one account) 

There are three sub permit types to allow residents to ensure visitors, caregivers and those providing services to residents are also able to find parking when needed in these Residential Parking Zones.  

Visitor Permit 

  • 30 annual passes (non-renewable until the next year) 
  • 24-hour activation 
  • Can be activated in real time or for a future date 
  • A license plate is entered for each visitor permit used 

Caregiver Permit 

  • Up to 3 permits can be provided annually, with MPD approval to add 3 additional license plates to the zone under the account. 
  • Examples of potential use are medical provider, parent’s child, or a household service provider such as a cleaning service.  

Rental Permit 

  • A rental car can be temporarily included in the residential zone by the account holder selecting a rental permit. The rental permit draws from existing visitor passes; therefore, a visitor pass must be available. The rental license plate is entered, and the rental contract is uploaded to the account. The rental license plate is automatically active for the time selected. MPD reviews the rental permit and if the rental agreement matches the permit account holder, then the visitor pass is credited back to the account. If not, the account holder is charged for the pass. 

“We are happy to be able to provide this valuable service to our residents for the first time ever,” said Hutchings. “We encourage anyone who thinks a Residential Parking Zone would benefit their neighborhood to go to the City Clerk’s website for more information on how to apply.”