Hoboken Street Parking Explained {Literally Send This to Everyone Who Wants to Visit You}

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There’s no doubt that our Mile Square city is {in our humble opinion} one of the best. Yet, nothing can make you want to rip your hair out more than the quest for street parking in Hoboken. Circling around your block 27 times, stalking people with their lights on, and sometimes throwing in the towel and heading to the garage are all-too-familiar feelings. While we can’t make more spots magically appear {trust us, we’ve tried. There are less than 10,000 street parking spaces and almost 15,000 parking permits}, we can help you be a little bit more informed about the parking rules and regs in our fabulous city. Read on for a crash course in parking in Hoboken {and send this to everyone who wants to visit you — mom and dad included}.

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^If you have seen this wall, you’re officially a Hoboken resident. Or are fighting a parking ticket -__-

Permit Types

Only Hoboken residents and Hoboken business owners can obtain permits. These are available online and in-person at City Hall, and there are few types of permits for street parking that you can apply for as residents. The three most common include:

  • Standard {for Hoboken residents with Hoboken address on both their NJ driver’s license and car registration}
  • Temporary {for Hoboken residents without the address on their license and registration}
  • Visitor {which residents can obtain for overnight street parking visitors – available in hangtag or printable PDF format}

To register with the city online and to obtain any of these permits, you’ll need valid and current car registration, driver’s license, and proof of residency {license, copy of lease/mortgage docs, address change decal sticker all in one}. Please note: All of the addresses must match; Hoboken will not give you a resident pass without your car being registered IN Hoboken. You also cannot use a doctor bill {random, but good to know!}.

The City of Hoboken recently created a map that marks where temporary parking signs are throughout town — HALLELUJAH.On the map, you can see the current and future locations of temporary no parking signs as well as garage locations. Click here to view the map and be sure to always check for updates because as you can imagine, it will change pretty often.

Know the Signs

There are two types of signs that indicate parking privileges in permit zones, always placed opposite of one another on each street in the city. The top of both signs will look the same, white background with red writing indicating when NO parking is allowed, typically for street cleaning. The bottom coloring is what will determine who can park there.

Simple sign rules for your guests to follow: GREEN BAD, WHITE GOOD.

If the bottom half has a green background with white typeface and says “Residential” — it is for RESIDENTIAL ONLY, meaning only those with a full-blown resident permit {see above} can park there. If it is reverse {white background with green writing that says “Permit”}, ALL OTHER VALID PERMITS can park there, as well as guests/visitors without a permit who stay under four hours. Now, instead of it being free for four hours, however, it will be metered parking for those four hours.

Read More: 15 GIFs that Perfectly Describe Parking Woes in Hoboken

Color-Coded Curbs

Sometimes the curb colors can seem a bit confusing, but each color has a meaning {and a strict one at that} and knowing those meanings can prevent tickets, towing and boots. {Oh my}

  • Red: NO parking at ANY time
  • Yellow: Parking is prohibited and or restricted except for specific times and/or purposes. Areas painted yellow permit parking after 7PM and before 7AM but not outside of that window.
  • Green: Areas painted green are reserved for specific rental and car-shares
  • Blue: This means the area that falls within the blue curb is reserved for handicapped permits only

Other Rules and Regs

hoboken parking meter

The colored curbs can help you prevent any errors or violations, but in instances of poor paint jobs, snow coverings, or any other confusion – here’s a few more tips you need to know.

  • An NJ state statue prohibits parking within 25 feet of crosswalks. At certain times in Hoboken, you can park within 15 feet of them in “Extended Parking Zones” [yellow curbs ONLY].
  • Street cleaning times must always be adhered to and are clearly posted on each side of the street, on every block. There are a few holidays, however, where the rules are not in effect. You can find them here.
  • For visitors without permits, you only have 4 hours of free parking, regardless of if you move your car or not! You cannot just move to a new spot, as ALL white parking signs on the streets are considered to be one “zone” so, like HPU online says, if you move your car to another spot after 3 hours and 59 minutes, you still only have one minute left.
  • 4-Hour metered parking on Permit Zones are located on Hudson, River, and Washington Streets. Those with permits can park there {without having to pay}, but all others can only park there for four hours, mix.
  • The City of Hoboken keeps a running list of permit violations and license plates — so if you’ve gotten a ticket + warning on your car for a permit zone violation, don’t think that you are getting away scott-free after you pay your fine and can do it again and just pay the fine. The next time you get one, you may very well get a boot {rumor had it boots were done away with, but the Mayor’s office confirmed that they are still given out for repeat offenders}. Boots cost upwards of $200, so it’ll be a very expensive trip to Hoboken indeed…
  • When in doubt, cabs/Uber are always a safe bet {it’s unfortunate, but pretty true}. Just sayin’.

See More: Secret Entrances and Exits To + From Hoboken

*Please note, HG is not responsible for any parking violations. But feel free to email us with any Qs!

On that note — godspeed 🙂

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Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.