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Monthly Parking Permit

The Allentown Parking Authority has 6 Garages and 25 Surface Lots, in and around the central business district to provide convenient, affordable, safe, and user-friendly parking.

ALL PERMITS must be applied for on-line. You may not purchase a Parking Permit in our office. You must apply for a Permit on our Patron Portal.

Once on the portal, you will choose the type of permit (name of Deck or Lot) you are applying for. Fill in all the required information. You must upload a copy of your Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration Card while applying on-line.

The permit is only valid for the license plate number that it was originally registered to. If the permit holder gets a new plate, the permit is invalid.  The permit holder must provide the registration for the new vehicle and / or plate. You can make these changes to your permit account on the patron portal at any time.

All Contract Parking Permits are paid monthly on an auto-pay system. You must have a valid e-mail address and a credit or debit card to apply for and maintain your parking permit. Auto-pay payments are charged every month, three days prior to the last day of the month, for the next (upcoming) month of parking.

This application process is for INDIVIDUAL parkers ONLY. If you are part of a corporate account, please contact the Fleet Manager within your corporation / group. They will arrange for your addition to their fleet. Fleet Contract Parking Invoiced accounts are subject to a 1.5%, per month late fee.

Permits are non-transferable. Payment is not refundable. Permit costs are not Pro-Rated and are subject to change. Permits may only be purchased on-line through our Patron Portal.

Key Cards

Your key card contains a micro transmitter which will activate the entrance and exit gates at the deck to which you are assigned. Simply pass it in front of the reader – within a 4-inch distance to activate the gates. You must come to the APA Office during regular business hours to obtain your key card, once your permit has been set up and approved on our Patron Portal.

Please treat your key card with care. Do not attempt to bend the key card and keep it out of direct heat. Do not leave it above the sun visor of your car and keep the key card away from magnetic and laser sources. Please be advised, there is a $25.00 fee to replace a lost, stolen or damaged key card. There is a $10.00 fee to reactivate a key card.

To Terminate your Permit and Cancel Your AutoPay log into the Patron Portal and navigate to the “Your Permits” page. Find the active permit you wish to cancel and click the “Cancel Auto-Renew” button. The permit is valid from the first day of the month through the last day of the month. There will be no prorated amount for partial time or refunds for unused time.

Vacation Permits

The cost of the permit is $25.00. The vacation permit is only offered at the Spiral Deck, located at 820-832 Linden Street. The permit must be requested by an Allentown Resident and documents must be provided to show proof of residency (Driver’s License and VALID Registration). Each resident is eligible for two vacation permits per vehicle, annually (within a calendar year). The permitted vehicle shall not be exempt from other parking restrictions in the garage, including No Parking Areas, Authorized Parking Spaces, EV Charging Spaces, 15 Min Spaces, Head in Parking Only and all other general safety regulations. Permit approval is at the desecration of the Allentown Parking Authority. 

Rates for Decks & Lots

Name of LocationAddressCurrent Rate
200 RAILROAD EAST211-217 N. RAILROAD STREET$30.00
200 RAILROAD WEST224 N. RAILROAD STREET$30.00
300 N LUMBER332-334 N. LUMBER STREET$30.00
300 N 6TH STREET325-327 N. 6TH STREET$25.00
400 RIDGE AVENUE426-428 RIDGE AVENUE$30.00
500 N 5TH STREET536-538 N. 5TH STREET$30.00
500 RAILROAD STREET522-538 N. RAILROAD STREET$35.00
700 RAILROAD STREET709-711 N. RAILROAD STREET$30.00
7A LOT534 N. 7th ST. & 712 W. Allen St$45.00
ALLIANCE HALL231-235 N. 6TH STREET$35.00
C LOT1016 LINDEN STREET$45.00
D LOT1009-1013 HAMILTON STREET$70.00
DUBBS LOT418 N. 5TH STREET$30.00
E LOT226 N. 9TH STREET$30.00
FARR LOT12-22 N. 8TH STREET$70.00
FOUNTAIN LOT923-933 WALNUT STREET$70.00
GERMANIA LOT108-126 S. 7TH STREET$57.00
NORTH LOT112-118 N. 7TH STREET$65.00
OAK STREET LOT188 OAK STREET$30.00
PENN STREET LOT112 N. PENN STREET$35.00
RAILROAD AND SYCAMORE LOT122-124 SYCAMORE STREET$30.00
RIDGE AND SYCAMORE LOT623 RIDGE STREET$30.00
SPRUCE AND GRANT LOT436-438 N. GRANT STREET$30.00
SPRING GARDEN LOT953-959 SPRING GARDEN STREET$25.00
9TH AND WALNUT901-921 WALNUT STREET$80.00
GOVERNMENT (AGAPS)401 HAMILTON STREET$80.00
ATC110 N. 6TH STREET$80.00
COMMUNITY DECK13-45 S. 6TH STREET$80.00
SPIRAL820-836 W. LINDEN STREET$80.00

On-Street Handicap Parking Spaces

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 (driveway or garage).
  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.

How can I get a designated handicap parking space by my home?
The Allentown Parking Authority has the applications for Handicap parking spaces at their office. You may either stop in and pick one up, call for one to be mailed, or download the application by clicking on the blue box below. After the application is completed, return it to the Allentown Parking Authority. There is no fee involved.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Need to Load or Unload your RV?

Can you park your RV or Travel Trailer on a city street while you load or unload?

SECTION 532 LIMITATIONS ON THE PARKING OF TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
532.05 Permit for Loading or Unloading Recreational Vehicles or Truck Campers
Permit for Loading or Unloading Recreational Vehicles or Truck Campers Permits shall be issued by
the Allentown Parking Authority to the owners of Recreation vehicles or truck campers for a twenty­four (24) hour permit to unload or load the said vehicle with the option of a twenty-four-hour renewal by notifying the Allentown Parking Authority. The cost of the permit is $8.00. The RV permit DOES NOT guarantee a parking space. The permitted vehicle shall not be exempt from other parking restrictions or prohibitions, including street cleaning restrictions, loading zones, 5-minute zones, No Parking areas, and general safety regulations. The permit does not exempt the holder from the 72-hr ordinance in the city. Pop-Up Campers, Teardrop Trailers, Hybrid Trailers, Toy Haulers, Truck Campers, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers (not motorized) MUST be hitched to a motorized vehicle, per city ordinance 531.07.

Contractors Parking Permits for On-Street

How can contractors or construction workers avoid getting parking tickets while working in the downtown area?
Off-Street Parking: The Allentown Parking Authority has several off-street parking lots available for daily parking in the downtown area. We strongly recommend parking in them if at all possible.

On-Street Parking: Several different types of on-street parking permits are available for construction, renovation, etc. work. Parking Meter Permits are available for $10 – $26 per day, per meter.

What if I need meters removed in an area where I am working?
There is a one time charge of $25 PER meter to remove it. If you require that the pole also be removed, there is an additional one time charge of $15 per pole. The fee includes reinstallation.

What if I just need the spaces “reserved” and open so no one can park there, including my vehicles?
Parking Meter Permits will be authorized only in appropriate areas. Signs must be purchased and posted in a timely manner and lost meter revenue must be remitted to APA.

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.

No Parking 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.

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 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 $10.00 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 a 72-hour advance posting. If posting in metered areas, lost meter revenue must be remitted to APA. Officers will enforce the signs as stated with no exceptions. 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, please phone our business office 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 the Enforcement Manager at Tosado@allentownparking.com, please put Temporary Parking Sign Application Request in the subject line of the email.

The charge for No Parking signs is $10 per sign. Any time the No Parking signs for a metered space is sold, there are charges for Lost Meter Revenue, with amounts ranging from $4.00 to $18.00 daily, per meter, depending upon the date, time, and location of meter(s).

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

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.

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