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Meter Parking & Other Information 2018-05-22T12:18:17+00:00

This post was last updated on May 22nd, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Meter Enforcement

Parking Meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on Hamilton Street, from 4th to 10th Streets. Also on the unit blocks north and south of Hamilton Street, from 4th to 10th Streets. The rate to park at these meters is $2.00 per hour, and payment may be made with coins, credit/debit cards or through MobileNOW!

Meters in all other locations are enforced Monday through Saturday, from 8 am to 6 pm. The rate to park at these meters is $1.00 per hour and payment may be made with coins or through MobileNOW!

PARKING is FREE on Sundays!!

On-Street

Meters

Daily Parking Meter Permits
The Allentown Parking Authority realizes the need for Contractors and/or laborers to park at various meters throughout the city for short periods. As a result, the Allentown Parking Authority has developed the Parking Meter Permit, that is designed to make legal parking more convenient by having the parker pre-pay the meter fee in return for a permit that is to be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. The permit was designed only for use by individuals who need to park at a meter while performing work duties and is not warranted for any other purpose. The permit is offered for short-term use only. Parking Meter Permits are $10 and $26 dollars per day; depending on location, are valid only in the City of Allentown, and cannot be utilized at red parking meters.

Note: A description of the vehicle and license plate number will be required and will be recorded on the permit. If this information is not available, any ticket(s) that are issued will be valid, unless it can be proved that the permit was in the vehicle in question. In addition, we will need the exact location where the vehicle will be parked. This permit will only be valid in that specific block.

Monthly Parking Meter Permits
The Allentown Parking Authority realizes the need for service related vehicles to park at various meters throughout the city for longer periods of time while working on construction related projects and/or service calls. As a result, the Allentown Parking Authority has developed the Monthly Permit, which is designed to make legal parking more convenient by having the parker pre-pay the meter fee in return for a permit. The permit was designed only for use by individuals who need to park at a meter while performing work duties and is offered for short-term use. It is offered for short-term use. This permit is good only at meters in the city of Allentown, except at red parking meters. It is offered for $200 – $250 per month depending upon location per vehicle.

The following criteria is used in establishing eligibility for this permit:

  1. The vehicle must be marked a ‘commercial’ vehicle or an obvious construction vehicle.
  2. If no identifiable markings exist, the Allentown Parking Authority may require other proof of eligibility based on city licenses issued for plumbing, contracting, etc., or other proof of work being done.

Note: A description of the vehicle and license plate number will be required and will be recorded on the permit. If this information is not available, any ticket(s) that are issued will be valid, unless it can be proved that the permit was in the vehicle in question at the time the ticket was issued.

Pay Your Meter from Your Mobile
Pay your meter from the convenience of your car or office. Register for MobileNow!

How to Use IPS Meters
How to Use M3 Meters
How to Use M5 Meters

Special Services Parking Permit
The Special Services Parking Permit will be issued to commercial vehicles that need (due to the nature of their work) to park in a No Parking Zone to load and unload tools and equipment in connection with the work that is being done. The permit may also be used if the vehicle needs to be in a timed zone for longer than the specified time limit in the area. This permit will be issued on a temporary three – day basis and is to be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle in plain sight with the permit information facing upward. Information on the vehicle’s make, model, color, and license plate will be required at time of issuance. If this information is not available, any ticket(s) that are issued will be valid, unless it can be proven that the permit was in the vehicle in question. In addition to the vehicle information, we require an exact location where the vehicle will be parked, as the permit will be valid only in that specific location. During the three-day period, usage of the permit will be monitored for necessity. Permits are for short term use only.

Renewals
Upon approval, permits may be renewed twice – for a period of one week each.

Residential

Parking Permits

Be sure to look for signs for your zone. Your permit is for your designated zone. It will excuse you from time restrictions and from having to put money in meters within your zone. Your permit is not valid in any other zone.

A permit costs $25.00 for the first year and $20.00 for an annual renewal.

To be eligible, a vehicle must display a valid Pennsylvania license plate and must be registered to a residential address within the particular permit zone.

All residents who either rent or own a dwelling in the zone are eligible.

The permit increases the resident’s chance of finding a legal parking space by stimulating turnover and eliminating storage or nonresident’s vehicles; however, a permit does not guarantee a parking space.

Residents who have a permit on their vehicle may park in excess of a time restriction that is within their district. Residents may also park at a meter without depositing coins if the meter is in their zone. However, the vehicle shall not be exempt from other parking restrictions or prohibitions including street cleaning restrictions, loading zones, five minute zones, red short-term meters, no parking areas and general safety regulations.

Visitors must follow the posted parking regulations within the zone. Long-term visitors will be allowed to purchase a temporary visitor permit that is good for up to 15 days per permit, not to exceed 30 total days per visit. The cost is $2.00 for a two week period.

The program is in effect during the same days and hours that normal parking regulations are in effect.

The permit does not exempt the holder from the 72-hour ordinance in the city.

To Obtain a Permit
Bring your Drivers License and Vehicle Registration card into the Authority’s office. They should show your address within the zone.

A permit can be obtained by a resident for a company owned car or a leased vehicle if the resident can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Parking Authority that he/she is a resident, and that he/she is the principle operator of the vehicle, and that the vehicle is a leased or company car.  Forms are available in our office or online.

If the car is registered to someone other than yourself, then a sworn affidavit stating that you are the principle driver of that vehicle must be presented. This affidavit must include the vehicle owners’ name, their relationship to you, the vehicle’s make, model, year and license plate number as well as the Vehicle Identification Number. This must be notarized. Forms are available in our office or online.

The permit is only valid for the license plate number that it was originally registered to. If the resident gets a new plate, the permit is invalid.  The resident must provide the registration for the new vehicle and/or plate.

Service vehicles and commercial vehicles are not eligible for the program.

Permits are non-transferable.

Payment is not refundable. 

Company Car Form
Non-Resident Owner Form

Parking Criteria For

Disabled Persons Reserved Spots

  1. The disabled person must be eligible for, and have in their possession, an HCP, PD or DVHP license plate from the PA Department of Transportation for his/her vehicle.
  2. The driver of the vehicle need not be the disabled person as long as the driver resides in the household of the disabled person—i.e. spouse, parent. The state requirements allow for a person in the household other than the disabled person to apply because frequently the disabled person cannot drive. He or she may be a child or a person with a disability that prohibits them from driving, but a sign will only be granted if the disability is severe enough to warrant a space.
  3. The disabled person must be mobility impaired to the extent that ambulation is severely restricted.
  4. The street width in front of the residence must be adequate to allow parking.
  5. The individual cannot have an off street parking space available.
  6. The individual must be restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 MM/HG on room air at rest.
  7. The individual must have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class IV according to the standards set by the American Heart Association.
  8. The parking width in front of the property must be at least 25 feet. If this is not the case, you should attempt to obtain the signature of the person who owns the adjacent property indicating that they have no objection to the installation of the Handicap zone.
Download Application

Signs

The city of Allentown relies on street signs to direct and control both traffic flow and parking areas. The Allentown Parking Authority can facilitate both permanent and temporary signs.

If you are moving, having work done at your property, etc., you may purchase Temporary No Parking signs from the Allentown Parking Authority. The APA sells temporary signs at our main office for $5.00 each. We will need to know where the signs will be posted, the beginning and ending dates and times of day you need the area clear. Signs posted on parking meters need to be posted at least 12 hours in advance to be legally enforceable, all other areas require 72 hour advance posting. If posting in metered areas, lost meter revenue must be remitted to APA. Ask about appropriate permits when you call. You may call (610) 841-9090 for further details.

If you observe a damaged or missing permanent sign, or if you feel an additional sign is needed, send an email to George Grazer with the location of the sign and any other information you may have.

To request a Loading Zone sign, 5-Minute Zone sign or other special parking sign, you may request an application online by emailing George Grazer. Please put Temporary Parking Sign Application Request in the subject line of the email.

Handicap Parking signs are handled by the Allentown Parking Authority.
Click this PDF icon to download an application for disabled persons reserved parking. To learn more about disabled persons parking in Allentown, click here.

Temporary Signs for Metered Areas
Directions for Temporary No Parking Signs in Metered Areas

Temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs must be posted 12 hours prior to effective date in metered areas. Officers will enforce the signs as stated with no exceptions.

The charge for No Parking signs is $5 per sign. Any time that No Parking signs at a meter are sold, there are charges for Lost Meter Revenue or Parking Meter Permits in the amount of $10/26 daily per meter or $200/250 monthly per meter (depending on location).

There are two reasons for issuing temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs:

  1. To reserve a space for work vehicles that need to be in close proximity of work being done.
  2. If work being done is in an area that requires no vehicles to be parked on the street.

If signs are issued to reserve a space, the procedures listed below must be followed. This is because officers will enforce the signs with no exceptions.

Once the vehicle is in place:

  1. Temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs should be removed.
  2. Vehicle must be parked legally by displaying a Parking Meter Permit in the windshield.

If vehicle needs to leave the space, sign should be reposted until vehicle returns and same procedure should be followed. Any vehicle parked at a temporary ‘NO PARKING’ sign is still subject to ticketing for street cleaning.

Temporary Signs for Non-Metered Areas
Directions for Temporary No Parking Signs in Non-Metered Areas

Temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs must be posted 72 hours prior to effective date in non-metered areas. Officers will enforce the signs as stated with no exceptions.

There are two reasons for issuing temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs:

  1. To reserve a space for work vehicles that need to be in close proximity of work being done.
  2. If work being done is in an area that requires no vehicles to be parked on the street.

If signs are issued to reserve a space, the procedures listed below must be followed. This is because officers will enforce the signs with no exceptions.

Once the vehicle is in place:

  1. Temporary ‘NO PARKING’ signs should be removed.
  2. If vehicle needs to leave the space, sign should be reposted until vehicle returns and same procedure should be followed.

Any vehicle parked at a temporary ‘NO PARKING’ sign is still subject to ticketing for street cleaning. This temporary signage does not exempt the vehicle from being ticketed for any other violation.

Parking For

Large Trucks

The City ordinance which regulates the parking of ‘oversized vehicles’ (defined as Class 5 or above, or with a Gross Vehicle Weight of over 11,000 pounds, among other definitions) allows for legal parking of these vehicles in the following areas:

ALLENTOWN DRIVE
Block: 400
Location: N. Dauphin Street to Business Park Lane

BUSINESS PARK
Block: 400, 500
Location: Allentown Drive to American Parkway NE

CEDAR STREET
Block: 300
Location: N. 3rd Street to N. Meadow Street

E. COLUMBIA STREET
Block: 1400
Location: N. Nelson Street to N. Plymouth

E. CONGRESS STREET
Block: 600, 700
Location: N. Fenwick Street to N. Godfrey Street

N. ELLSWORTH
Block: 700
Location: E. Carey Street to E. James Street

E. FAIRMONT STREET
Block: 700, 800
Location: N. Godfrey Street to N. Irving Street

N. GILLMORE STREET
Block: 1000, 1100
Location: 175 feet N of Union Boulevard to E. Congress

N. GODFREY STREET
Block: 1000, 1100, 1200
Location: 185 feet N of Union Boulevard to E. Fairmont Street

N. GRAHAM STREET
Block: 1000, 1100
Location: 175 feet N of Union Boulevard to 260 feet N of E. Congress Street

GRAMMES ROAD
Block: 1700, 1800
Location: Lehigh Parkway S to Vultee Street

E. HIGHLAND STREET
Block: 600, 700, 800
Location: N. Fenwick Street to N. Irving Street

E. JAMES STREET
Block: 500
Location: N. Ellsworth to 170 feet W of N. Fenwick Street

MITCHELL AVENUE
Block: 2500, 2600
Location: 450 feet E and 450 feet W of the intersection of 26th

MITCHELL AVENUE
Block: 2800
Location: 28th Street SW to 29th Street SW

E. PENNSYLVANIA
Block: 1500
Location: 330 feet W of N. Nelson Street to N. Plymouth Street

N. PLYMOUTH STREET
Block: 1100, 1300
Location: E. Congress Street to E. Columbia Street

N. QUEBEC STREET
Block: 1000, 1100, 1200
Location: 650 feet N of Union to end of E. Columbia Street

VULTEE STREET
Block: 1700, 1800
Location: 825 feet W of Lehigh to 225 feet W of Grammes

VULTEE STREET
Block: 2000
Location: S. 12th Street to 550 feet E of Lehigh Street

E. WALNUT STREET
Block: 100
Location: S. Albert Street to 70 feet E of S. Ann Street

WASHINGTON STREET
Block: 300
Location: End of Street W to N. Meadow Street

E. WOODLAWN
Block: 1400, 1500
Location: N. Nelson Street to N. Plymouth Street

N. 3RD STREET
Block: 200
Location: Turner Street to Chew Street

S. 10TH STREET
Block: 600
Location: Little Lehigh Creek Bridge to Harrison Street

26TH STREET SW
Block: 2200, 2300
Location: Mitchell Avenue to 230 feet N of W. Emaus Avenue

28TH STREET SW
Block: 2100, 2200, 2300
Location: End of Street to 280 feet N of W. Emaus Avenue

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