Central Business District Permit Parking

Within the Central Business District  (CBD) there are three permits offered: Resident, Employee, and Discount (resident and employee). 

Resident Passes

Application Requirements

  • Proof of residency within the relevant area (acceptable proof of residency includes a driver's license, lease, or utility bill.) 
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Current driver's license or state ID
  • All existing parking citations must be paid before a permit can be issued, even for renewals.

Resident Permits

Resident permitholders are permitted to park in the N Adams lot (3), N Huron lot (2),  and in marked spaces in the S Huron lot (1) and the Washington St lot (4) as shown on this map. Note: in Fall 2021, marked permit spaces will be provided in N Adams and N Huron. When not parking in marked permit spaces, permitholders will need to abide by posted regulations.

  • Annual Permit Fee: $150
  • Annual Renewal: $275
  • Four-Month Permit Fee: $57.50
  • These fees are prorated based on the number of full months that have ended in the period before the pass is purchased.  The Annual Renewal price is only available for renewals through the end of October. 
  • This permit is a sticker that should be placed in the bottom driver's side corner of your windshield.

The "paper" application for a CBD Residential Parking Permit can be found  here, and it can be mailed or dropped off to City Hall at 1 S Huron, Ypsilanti MI 48197.  Permits may also be purchased online at ypsilantipermits.rmcpay.com.   Currently, renewals can only be processed via paper applications.

Resident Discount Permits

Resident permitholders are permitted to park in  marked spaces in the S Huron lot (1) and the Washington St lot (4) as shown on this map.  Please note not all of the parking lots on this map are covered by this permit. 

  • Annual Permit Fee: $150
  • Annual Renewal: $135
  • Four-Month Permit Fee: $60
  • These fees are prorated based on the number of full months that have ended in the period before the pass is purchased.  The Annual Renewal price is only available for renewals through the end of October. 
  • This permit is a sticker that should be placed in the bottom driver's side corner of your windshield.

The "paper" application for a CBD Residential Parking Permit can be found  here, and it can be mailed or dropped off to City Hall at 1 S Huron, Ypsilanti MI 48197.  Permits may also be purchased online at ypsilantipermits.rmcpay.com.   Currently, renewals can only be processed via paper applications.

Employee Passes

Application Requirements

  • Proof of employment within the relevant area (acceptable proof of employment includes payroll/paycheck/paystub, or dated letter from employer, either emailed or notarized, proof of ownership of the business, or an employee ID.) 
  • All existing parking citations must be paid before a permit can be issued.

Employee Permits

Employee permitholders are permitted to park in the N Adams lot (3), N Huron lot (2),  and in marked spaces in the S Huron lot (1) and the Washington St lot (4) as shown on this map. Note: in Fall 2021, marked permit spaces will be provided in N Adams and N Huron. When not parking in marked permit spaces, permitholders will need to abide by posted regulations.

  • Annual Permit Fee: $300
  • Annual Renewal: $275
  • Four-Month Permit Fee: $115
  • These fees are prorated based on the number of full months that have ended in the period before the pass is purchased. The Annual Renewal price is only available for renewals through the end of September. 
  • This permit is a hanging pass that should be placed around your rearview mirror.  If you cannot hang it from your rearview mirror, please place it in the bottom driver's side corner of your windshield.

Employee Discount Permits

Resident permitholders are permitted to park in  marked spaces in the Washington St lot (4) as shown on this map.  Please note that when parking outside of these prescribed permit areas, the permitholder must abide by all posted time limits &/or payment requirements.

  • Annual Permit Fee: $150
  • Annual Renewal: $135
  • Four-Month Permit Fee: $60
  • These fees are prorated based on the number of full months that have ended in the period before the pass is purchased.  The Annual Renewal price is only available for renewals through the end of October. 
  • This permit is a hanging pass that should be placed around your rearview mirror.  If you cannot hang it from your rearview mirror, please place it in the bottom driver's side corner of your windshield.

The "paper" application for a CBD Employee Parking Permit can be found  here, and it can be mailed or dropped off to City Hall at 1 S Huron, Ypsilanti MI 48197.  Permits may also be purchased online at ypsilantipermits.rmcpay.com.   

Expiration and Renewal

The year for parking permits begins in September and ends the following August. The City begins issuing permits for the next year during the preceding August. Below are the general rules for various permit durations based on this yearly schedule:

  • Annual permits will last from September 1st and end August 31st regardless of when they are purchased.
  • Permits issued in four-month spans cover the following periods: September 1st through December 31st, January 1st through April 30th, and May 1st through August 31st.
  • Any permits issued for a specific limited window, such as one-week Contractor Permits, are not affected by this yearly cycle.
  • Anyone who wishes to continue use of a permitted zone after one of these expiration windows must renew their pass. If you are not planning on using a permitted zone after your pass expires no action is needed.

Motorcycles 

Motorcycles are issued permits through the same process as other vehicles,  and  the permit should be visibly displayed somewhere on the vehicle.
In order to use a visitor pass with a motorcycle that is unable to display the physical pass, the owner of the pass must contact the Parking Enforcement Bureau at least two days prior to the visitor arriving. This is so a note can be made of the license plate number and the length of the visit, so all Parking Enforcement Officers can be informed that vehicle is legally parked and does not need to be ticketed.

Proration Schedule


SeptOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJul Aug
Annual CBD non-discounted300275250225200175150125100755025
Annual CBD Residential or Washington Lot150137.50125112.5010087.507562.505037.502512.50
Triennial CBD 11586.2557.5028.7511586.2557.5028.7511586.2557.5028.75
Triennial CBD Non-discounted or Washington lot604530156045301560453015