Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza introduced an ordinance in today’s City Council meeting that will authorize the Office of the City Clerk to launch a pilot program that would allow residents to buy virtual guest parking passes via a digital application.
The pilot program would make Residential Daily Parking Permits virtual. By using an app residents would match license plate numbers to Residential Parking Permits. Vehicles could then be identified as compliant to zone parking restrictions by the plate number, eliminating the need for a physical permit.
The app would be similar to the ParkChicago application which allows users to pay for metered parking with an application.
The passes will continue to be sold in “sheets” of 15 with customers able to purchase three sheets, for a total of 45 passes, per household per month. Each sheet will remain $8.00 with a small surcharge per sheet.
The introduction of today’s ordinance is the first step to allow the Clerk’s Office to move ahead with the pilot program. Clerk Mendoza’s goal is to have the pilot program up and running in at least one ward by early fall.
Roughly, the Office of the City Clerk sells two million guess passes each year. Over 20 percent of the City’s streets parking is zoned.
It is the continued effort of the Office of the City Clerk to come up with innovative ways to make buying Chicago City Vehicle Stickers and Residential Daily Parking Permits more convenient for customers, Mendoza said.
“With this type technology already out there and in use, it’s common sense to take advantage of it,” she said. “Displaying stickers on windshields is becoming obsolete.”