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Residential Disabled Parking Signs Information

Residential Disabled Parking was established to provide disabled City residents with convenient and accessible parking in front of their residences.

How Residential Disabled Parking Signs Work:

The City of Chicago will erect two Disabled Parking Signs to mark off a space of a minimum of 16 feet in the closest proximity to the qualified applicant's residence.  These signs mark the space and prohibit the parking of all vehicles, except those displaying a disabled placard or disabled plate.  A Residential Disabled Parking Permit must be displayed at the same time, and the permit must have the corresponding permit number that is displayed on the Disabled Parking Signs.  Vehicles in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed.

Requirements and Conditions:

Disabled individuals who apply for signs must meet the conditions to qualify for a restricted parking space.  The conditions include the following:

  1. The applicant must reside on a residential street that is zoned R-1 through R-5.
  2. The applicant must have either a current disabled Illinois license plate or a disabled placard issued by the Secretary of State when parking in the designated space.
  3. Sign installation and maintenance costs must be paid by the applicant.  For the first year, the cost for the sign is $70.00.  In subsequent years, the annual maintenance fee is $25.00.  Please note: the fee may be waived if the applicant meets the disabled veteran or Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief requirement.
  4. The applicant must observe and obey any other parking restrictions which may apply at the approved location (i.e. Street Cleaning signs, Rush Hour Parking restrictions, etc).

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must complete an application form.  You may obtain an application from your Alderman's Ward Office or call the Department of Finance at 312.744.PARK(7275).

Completed applications and the $70.00 installation fee may be submitted to the office of your Alderman, any City of Chicago Department of Finance facility, or via mail at

P.O. Box 803100
Chicago, IL 60680-3100
ATTN: Disabled Permit Section

If the Department of Finance recommends that the signs be installed, notice will be sent to the applicant, the Alderman's Ward Office, the Committee on Traffic Control and Public Safety and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. The City Council will review the findings of the Traffic and Public Safety Committee and vote on the passage of the permit. If the Department of Finance determines that signs cannot be recommended, notice will be sent to the applicant and the application fee will be refunded. The applicant may appeal the Department of Finance decision to the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities within 10 days of the denial.

Disabled Parking Sign Removal

If the applicant moves, becomes deceased or is no longer a person with a disability, notice must be provided to the Department of Finance.

All requests for sign removal should be submitted to the Department of Finance.