The purpose of this page is to provide information about parking and parking restrictions

Parking Committee

The mission of the parking committee is to study the parking in the fan district and make recommendations to the board to improve the quality of life for all residents. The committee was been tasked with a re-design of the Fan Restricted Parking District (Decal Parking Area) located in the eastern Fan.  In addition the parking committee is responsible for developing a list of all businesses that have gotten zoning approval based on leasing parking from other sources and managing this list. Violators with be referred to the Zoning Chair.


Parking Permits

A portion of the Fan has unrestricted parking – no parking stickers / permits are necessary.  Other parts of the Fan are designated as Zone 1 or Zone 2, and parking in these areas longer than posted signage allows requires a parking sticker to be present.  Permit stickers are valid from July 1 – June 30 each year; there is no prorating of permit fees (ie; buying a permit sticker in May means another must be purchased at full price at the end of June).  Various resources for parking are below, it may also be helpful to refer to the city’s parking webpage.

What Zone am I?

Permits by Zone

Parking Tickets

Sometimes parking tickets are improperly issued.  Generally when this happens the best thing to do first is to contact Standard Parking, this is the company contracted to issue parking tickets in the Fan.  Lanier Parking’s phone number is 804.649.3025.  If this fails, improperly issued tickets may be administratively reviewed by the City.  The administrative review of a parking citation is limited to the following:

  1. Malfunctioning parking meter
  2. Fallen or misplaced permit or placard
  3. Missing, illegible, ambiguous or incorrectly worded sign
  4. Stolen or transferred vehicle
  5. Stolen or lost license plate
  6. Sign or other parking prohibition installed subsequent to parking
  7. Disabled vehicle
  8. Medical emergency
  9. Owner deceased
  10. Restricted Parking Permit (ticket issued in error)

If any of the above conditions apply to your citation, you may complete an Administrative Review Form and submit it to the Parking Customer Service Specialist (PCSS) along with the appropriate documentation. The PCSS will either schedule an appointment with you or contact you by phone, mail, fax or e-mail, regarding your appeal.

After reviewing the information you have provided and that of the parking enforcement personnel, the PCSS will issue a determination regarding your appeal as follows:

  1. Forward your appeal and all relevant documentation to the Traffic Court with a recommendation from the City of Richmond that the citation be excused; or,
  2. Deny your request and provide written notification as to the findings and balance(s) due on your account

If your request is denied you may either pay the citation and any accrued late charges up to the date of your appeal or contest the citation to the Traffic Court.

Guest Parking

Yearlong guest passes which are placed on a dashboard may be purchased at the same time that a window sticker is purchased; there are check boxes on the form.  This is the only time these passes may be purchased.  Up to two guest passes may be purchased per household.

One Day Special Event Courtesy Passes are available from City Hall, Collections Division, Room 102, 900 East Broad Street for home owners who are hosting a one day special event.  These passes also are placed on a dashboard and function the same as the guest passes except they are valid only for the day of the special event. Home owners should contact Steve Bergin, Parking Manager (804-646-3724 or to arrange for One Day Special Event Courtesy Passes.

Contractor Parking

Similarly, contractor parking passes may be obtained while work is being done on homes. To request a contractor permit, please email the following information:

  • Contractor name, address, phone and email address
  • Where parking is needed
  • The length of the project
  • Number of permits requested


Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  I just got married and my husband/wife is not on my deed, can I still get a parking permit for his vehicle?

A.  Yes, the current ordinance applies to all members of the owners immediate family (Richmond City Code Section 264(f) as amended 1993).  However, the vehicle must be registered in compliance with DMV rules, all taxes must be paid in full and the husband/wife must have a valid drivers license showing the correct address.

Q.  If I have valid Fan Decal and get a parking ticket for parking in excess of the 1-hour limit what can I do?

A.  Contact Standard Parking at 804-649-3025

Q.  Am I required to remove old fan parking decals from my vehicles?

A. Yes – Under the current Traffic Engineering Order all expired decals shall be removed. This requirement facilitates efficient patrolling.

Q. I just got vanity license plates or my plate number has changed.  Do I need a new Fan Decal?

A. Yes.  Take your old registration and your new registration to City Hall, Room 102 and go to the back desk to get a new decal with your new plate number. The charge for the is only $1.

More Information

Ordinance 2008-105 To divide the Fan Residential Restricted Parking District into two zones designated as “Fan Residential Restricted Parking District – Zone 1” and “Fan Residential Restricted Parking District – Zone 2,” for the purpose of facilitating the administration and enforcement of the regulations applicable to such District.
Ordinance 2007-300-262 To amend and reordain City Code § 102-301, concerning restricted parking districts, to provide that the Director of Public Works shall administer the residential restricted parking permit program and that the Director of Finance shall develop an implementation plan and administer the implementation of the issuance of permits in 90 days rather than 60 days.
Ordinance 2004-179-175 To amend and reordain section 28-263 of the Code of the City of Richmond (1993), concerning the criteria for establishing restricted parking districts, to provide that, where written documentation is submitted indicating that fewer than sixty percent (60%) of the properties within the proposed district are owner-occupied, such documentation shall be required from a majority of the occupants of the properties in such proposed district rather than from a majority of the property owners in the proposed district.
Obtain a replacement decal Take your old registration and your new registration to City Hall, Room 102 and go to the back desk. They will pull from the file your current decal application form and fill out a new one. You can then take that file to the front cashiers counter and get e new decal with your new plate number. The charge for the is $1.
Expanding a restricted parking district Procedures for expanding an existing parking district; other requirements may be imposed by the City of Richmond
Non-resident Property Owners special parking pass We know how important it is to maintain your property and as and absentee landlord you are not entitled to a Fan Residential Restricted Parking Permit, however the Fan District Association has worked with the City of Richmond, General Service Department, Parking Manager to accommodate non-resident property owners. Property owners should contact Steve Bergin, Parking Manager (804-646-3724) to arrange for a special non-resident property owner special parking pass. This permit, similar to an Annual Visitors Pass will allow non-resident property owners to park on their block for making repairs and checking the status of their property. This permit is not a permit to park in the district for extend time period and shall be revoked if nor used properly.
Creating a new Restricted Parking District A new district required 10 contiguous block-faces, support by the residents who live in the proposed district.  For more information see the City ordinance 2004-179-175