Every Chicago resident who owns or drives a car, truck, motorcycle, or scooter in the city is responsible for purchasing a Chicago Vehicle Sticker. There are additional stickers required for pickup trucks and vehicles parking in a designated Residential Parking Zone.
Anybody driving or parking a motor vehicle in the city of Chicago is responsible for paying the Chicago Wheel Tax, and must purchase a Vehicle Sticker.
The cost of your sticker varies based on vehicle type, and must be purchased regardless of whether the vehicle is registered in Chicago. There is a 30-day grace period to display the sticker when moving into the city or purchasing a new car, and you can transfer the sticker from your old car to the new.
City Stickers may be purchased:
- online from the City Clerk’s website
- at local neighborhood retailers, like currency exchanges
- from the Office of the City Clerk (Downtown: 121 N. LaSalle, Room 109; satellite office at 5430 W Gale)
For complete details, including information about senior discounts, please visit the Chicago City Clerk’s Office website.
A small section of the 49th Ward is covered by a residential parking zone, which is designed to limit street parking at specified times to people living in the immediate area only. Zone 56 is the only residential parking zone in the ward.
For more information about residential zone parking, or to see if your address is included in the zone, please visit the Office of the City Clerk’s website.
The following map shows the streets in the 49th Ward covered by Zone 56. Please note that time restrictions vary from street to street, so please check signs carefully!
Adding Zone 56 Parking to your City Sticker
As of 2014, Residential Zone Parking is included in your regular Vehicle Sticker, and is no longer a separate sticker. You are eligible to add the zone to your City sticker a) if you live on a street with Zone 56 signs posted, or b) if you live in the 2-block radius “buffer area.” If you live in the buffer area, you will need to bring a letter of exemption from our office to the City Clerk before purchasing your sticker.
There is an additional cost of $25 for Zone 56 parking.
Zone 56 Guest Passes
Residents living both within Zone 56 and the buffer area may purchase guest parking passes, which allow a vehicle without Zone 56 to park in the residential zone for a 24-hour period. You are not required to own a car to be able to purchase guest passes.
These passes are sold only by the City Clerk’s office, and cannot be purchased at Ald. Moore’s office. Each house or unit is allowed to purchase up to 30 passes per month; passes are sold in booklets of 15, and cost $8.
Are building owners entitled to purchase Zone 56?
Yes. Owners of buildings within Zone 56 may purchase guest passes from the Clerk’s office by presenting their deed.
Letters of Exemption for Buffer Area Residents
If you live within 2 blocks of Zone 56, you are entitled to add the zone to your City sticker and/or purchase guest passes. As of 2016, those living in this area should automatically receive the ability to add zoned parking to their vehicle sticker. If the City Clerk’s office requests you provide a letter of exemption, please contact the Alderman’s office.
Letters of exemption are easy for our office to prepare, and can be ready while you wait. If you are adding the zone parking to your vehicle sticker, we will need the license plate and make/model of your car.
Even as many people are transitioning to a carless lifestyle, finding street parking can be difficult in Rogers Park. Some may choose to rent private parking spots from individual building owners. Here are some other options in the neighborhood.
- Privately-operated commercial parking garages offer hourly, daily, and monthly rates:
The Morgan on Sheridan (1210 W. Arthur)
7331 N Sheridan Self-Park (Sheridan & Sherwin)
Gateway Parking Garage (7474 N. Rogers)
- Some Chicago Park District facilities offer overnight parking options:
Loyola Park (Lunt/Greenleaf and the lake)- meters are free overnight
Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers)- overnight passes may be available to purchase, contact the Pottawattomie Park field house for more information
- Some Chicago Public Schools facilities offer overnight parking:
New Field Elementary (1680 W. Farwell)
Commercial vehicles are not permitted to park on residential streets in the 49th Ward unless they are actively doing work at an address and displaying a Contractor Parking Placard (see below).
**NEW! As of May 18, 2016, non-commercial lightweight pickup trucks (under 8,000 lbs) displaying a valid City vehicle sticker may park on residential streets without any additional permit.**
For more information about the elimination of the Residential Truck Permit, please visit the Office of the City Clerk’s website.
The 49th Ward does not permit commercial vehicles, like taxi cabs or company trucks to park on residential streets.
Trucks emblazoned with a business’ logo are not eligible to receive the Residential Truck Parking Permit, and thus cannot park on residential streets overnight. However, they may display a Contractor Parking Placard in order to legally park on a residential street when actively making deliveries or completing work.
Commercial vehicles with valid Contractor Placards must still display proper Residential Zone guest passes if parking on streets with Zone 56 restrictions.
The permit ensures that the section of the public way being used as a driveway is insured and that the City of Chicago, its officers, employees or agents are listed on the policy as an additional insured.
For residential properties, the amount of insurance must be $250,000.
Many applicants are made aware of the need for a driveway permit when applying for a building permit at the Department of Buildings. Proof of a permit is necessary for the issuance of a building permit.
Residential applicants must submit an application along with the following documentation:
- Completed application
- Five copies of a plat of survey for proposed driveway application, and two copies for existing driveway application or sketch showing exact location and the entire site being served by existing driveway showing curb cut.
- One photograph of driveway or proposed location showing curb and sidewalk area
- Certificate of insurance (property owner’s) for $250,000 of personal liability naming the City of Chicago, its officers, employees or agents as additionally insured with respect to the driveway approach at the property location.
- Permanent Index Number (PIN) for the property.
Residential (Class A) application fees—not to exceed 4 units:
Application Fee: $10.00 for the life of the ownership. Any change in ownership requires new application.
Annual Fee: None
Important note: The permit fee for each driveway within the Central Business District (area as defined in section 9-4-010 of the code) is twice the amount listed above.
Requirement if your driveway leads to an alley:
- All commercial business or residential apartment building or condominium complex with a parking lot or garage that can be accessed through the alley (if the capacity at that lot or garage is in excess of five spaces) must get approval from their alderman, who will then prepare an alley access ordinance to introduce to City Council for passage.
- Proof of an alley access ordinance is necessary for the issuance of a building permit.
- In the event the ordinance is denied, a barrier (either steel guard rail or fence) must be erected. Proof of this is required on the site plans dimensioned and drawn to scale.
All commercial and proposed residential driveway applications must be signed by the Zoning Department (obtained at Room 905, City Hall.)
If an applicant is proposing a new driveway, the applicant should expect to wait at least 30 days for issuance. The proposed driveway process requires approval from the Zoning Department and approved field inspections from the Bureau of Electricity, Bureau of Forestry, Department of Water Management and the Department of Transportation. The application needs approval from the Alderman of the ward in which the property falls within. If the alderman does not reply to the application within 20 days, aldermanic approval is granted by default.
The driveway permit shall serve as an approved permit for driveway use only. A driveway construction permit must be obtained by a licensed sidewalk contractor before the driveway can be constructed. The driveway permit must be presented by the licensed contractor to the Department of Transportation.
The Office of Emergency and Communications (OEMC) is responsible for issuing driveway construction permits. A driveway permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance for installation. Driveway permits are not transferable from owner to owner (see below)
Penalties: Failure to comply will result in a fine of not less than $50 for each offense. The City of Chicago also has the option to restrict access to driveways which fail to comply.
Driveway permits are non-transferable from owner to owner. A driveway permit must be obtained in the current property owner’s name. Tenants with a 10-year lease can apply in their own name.
All applicants must apply in person. Applications are available from:
Chicago Department of Transportation
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information contact: 312.744.9148
See also: Commercial Driveway Permits
No Parking Signs
The 49th Ward Service Office can assist in providing No Parking signs to reserve a place on the street for your moving vehicle.
Our office provides complimentary courtesy no parking signs for residential moves for addresses in the 49th Ward. Please visit our office at 7356 N Greenview to pick up and post these signs no later than 48 hours in advance. No appointment is necessary, as our staff will prepare the signs while you wait.
- Signs are available between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. for one day only
- You are responsible for posting signs at least 48 hours in advance
- Vehicles parked in violation of courtesy no parking signs may not be ticketed or towed, per the Chicago Police Department
- Commercial vehicles, including rented moving trucks, may not park overnight on residential streets without risk of parking tickets
Residents hiring professional movers may request enforceable no parking signs from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). These signs will be posted by CDOT and are available between the hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Once you have hired a moving company, make sure you request the company’s federal tax ID number
- Contact CDOT at 312.744.4652 and request to speak to someone regarding residential move no parking signs to be advised of how to proceed
- Cost: $25/truck/day at each address + parking meter costs (if applicable)
- Requests must be made no less than 3 business days in advance of your move
Enforceable no parking signs are not available unless professional moving companies, with current liability insurance, have been hired.