The basic, fundamental step in understanding Hoboken parking is in understanding the street parking signs. These are the signs that determine if you can or cannot park on each side of the street and for how long. There are a seven different types of street parking signs and they are all pretty straightforward, but there are little things that people often forget. There are also some changes coming to these signs in the near future as well so let’s review them real quickly. For information on street parking permits, click here.
Resident Permit Parking Only Zone (green sign/white letters):
This zone is exactly what the name implies: parking for residents only. These spaces are reserved for residents who hold a Standard Parking Permit (permit symbol: R). Parking in these spaces, even for a few minutes, can result in your car being booted or towed, so unless you have the required permit, DO NOT PARK HERE. If you DO have the required permit, you may park in these zones for as long as you’d like, as long your car is not here during street cleaning times. These signs are typically located on the west side of the vertical streets and north sides of the horizontal streets.
Permit Parking Only Zone (white sign/green letters):
This zone is a little tricky. A few different types of people are allowed to park here:
- The first are people who have a Temporary Parking Permit (permit symbol: T). If you have this permit, you are able to park in this zone for as long as you’d like as long as it’s not during street cleaning times.
- The second are people who have a Visitor Parking Permit (permit symbol: V). If you have this permit, you are able to park in this zone for the duration of your permit’s validation as long as it’s not during street cleaning times.
- The third are people who have a Business Parking Permit (permit symbol: B). If you have this permit, you are able to park in this zone during your regularly scheduled working hours as long as it’s not during street cleaning times.
- Lastly, this zone is also available to people who do not have a permit of any kind. However, people who do not have a valid permit are only able to park in this zone for four hours. You must vacate the zone after the allotted time is up. Please note that these signs are considered one combined zone throughout the city, therefore, if you park in an area with one of these signs for 3 hours and 59 minutes and then move to another area in the city with the same sign, you will still only have 1 minute of allowed parking time in this zone for the day. Hoboken parking officials have license plate scanners that will be able to spot a car that has been parked in this zone for more than 4 hours in a day. No parking is allowed in this zone during street cleaning times.
Note: as of 2017, Hoboken will be converting this zone to a Permit/Metered Zone. Motorists without a valid parking pass will be required to pay for the four hours of parking. Regulations for permit holders will remain the same.
Metered (Time Limit) Parking Zone:
These zones are pretty straight forward: Pay for however long you need up to the allotted time at the meter (either 2 or 4 hours) and come back before time runs out. It’s as simple as that. Hoboken has recently teamed up with the Parkmobile app that will allow you to pay for metered parking from the application. Just know that while this is a great tool, the app will charge you an additional 35¢ fee for the convenience. It’s a small price to pay, but it could add up quickly so be aware.
Note: The meters are not in effect on Sundays nor on holidays including: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Therefore, parking in these zones is free during these days.
Pro Tip: The meters only operate from 9 am to 9 pm each day, so you are free to park in these areas for free after 9 pm as long as you move your car by 9 am the next morning. So if you park your car in one of these areas at or after 5 pm or 7 pm (depending on the meter limit) and pay for parking until 9 pm, you will be able to leave your car here until 9 am the next day.
Permit / Metered Parking:
These zones are a hybrid of the Permit Parking Only zones and the Metered Parking zones and there are two different types.
- Residential Parking Only- All Others Pay At Meters: This zone is green with white lettering just like the Residents Parking Only signs discussed earlier. For people who have a Standard Parking Permit (permit symbol: R), this zone is exactly the same for you and you may park here for as long as you wish as long as it’s not during street cleaning times. The difference in this zone is that people without a Standard Parking Permit may also park here, but you must pay the meter and adhere to the Metered Parking Zone rules.
- Permit Parking Only- All Other Pay At Meter: Similarly, this zone is white with green lettering just like the Parking Permit Only signs discussed earlier. For people who have a Temporary Parking Permit (permit symbol: T), a Visitor Parking Permit ( permit symbol: V), or a Business Parking Permit (permit symbol: B), this zone remains the same for you and you may park here as you wish as long as it is not during street cleaning times. The difference in this zone is that people without a parking permit may also park here, but you must pay the meter and adhere to the Metered Parking Zone rules. Note that as of 2017, all Permit Parking Only zones will be converted to this zone requiring non-permit holders to pay at the meter while parking here.
“No Parking” Signs:
These are the simplest of all the Hoboken parking signs. If you see this sign, do not park there or you will be towed. Moving on.
Street Cleaning Signs:
These signs are on each side of every single street. They are fairly simple to spot, yet many people forget to look for them. Furthermore, many people forget to adhere to them. These signs let you know when street cleaning will be performed on this side of the street. Most streets are cleaned once a week while others (Washington Street) are cleaned every weekday. Your car must not be parked in this zone during the time shown on the sign, otherwise you will receive a ticket.
Note: There is no street cleaning during the weekends, government holidays, and sometimes during severe weather.
Temporary No Parking:
These are arguably the most difficult signs you’ll come across in Hoboken. These signs are not stationary as in “non-moving”, but they are stationary as in “paper”. Yes, these signs are given out by request to residents and businesses alike who need space in front of their premises for an allotted amount of time. By law, users of these signs are supposed to post these 72 in advance of the time that is listed on the sign. There are occasions that this doesn’t happen, and more often is when these signs are posted and cars that are already parked in those spots are unaware because they haven’t checked on their cars in awhile. Furthermore, since these are paper signs, it is very common for nature and/or people to remove these signs. Unfortunately, removing the signs does not negate their validation.
Hoboken is aware of this problem and is working hard to find a solution, but in the meantime, the best we can do is to make sure that we don’t park in spots that have these signs. Also, it’s good practice to check on your car every couple of days if you’re not going to be driving it often. This will help to make sure that you don’t miss a sign being posted and being punished for it.
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And don’t forget to download the Hoboken Parking Helper app to make your parking headaches disappear.