Cars with business, visitor, temporary or no parking permits are now prohibited from parking on half of most streets in Hoboken. Those found in violation will be booted immediately.
According to Mayor David Roberts' spokesperson, Bill Campbell, Hoboken has begun enforcement of the new residential permit parking program, and car owners are advised to watch for the newly installed "Residential Permit Parking Only" signs. The new signs are green with white lettering, which contrast the old signs that were white with green lettering.
"The new signs, which are on the west side of certain residential streets, are designed to create resident-only parking," said Campbell Thursday. "Four-hour visitor parking, and parking by those with business and temporary permits, is allowed on the east side of those designated streets."
The cars of violators will be ticketed and booted, and eventually towed after 48 hours. The cost to remove the boot will be $100. If the car is towed, additional towing and storage charges will apply. If the car is booted, the car's owner needs to go to the Hoboken Parking Authority's office in City Hall to pay the booting fee and get a release. The office is open until 10 p.m. Call (201) 653-1919 for more information about booting or having a boot removed.
In April, after almost six months of often heated public debate, the city council passed a new regulation that states that one half of most city streets not covered by meters will be marked for "Resident Permit Parking Only." People with a business permit, temporary permit or no permit at all will not be able to park on that side. There will be no grace period on the "Resident Permit Parking Only" side of the street for cars that do not have resident parking permits. Cars with resident permits can still park on both sides of the street.
In an attempt to strike a balance between the needs of residents and the needs of businesses, the mayor approached the City Council Transportation Sub-Committee with a plan to exempt several city streets from the "Resident Parking Only" condition.
The entire length of Washington Street will be exempt from "Resident Parking Only" zones. Other exempt areas include Hudson Street from Observer Highway to Fifth Street; Hudson Street from 11th to Fourteenth streets (where the Shipyard project and King's supermarket are), and Bloomfield Street from Seventh to 14th Street.
The city's reasoning for uptown on Bloomfield Street is that downtown is close enough to the city's municipal garages that shoppers could park in those.
It is important to note that the exempted streets will be marked "Permit Parking," which means that persons with a business, temporary, resident, or visitor permit can park in the spaces, while cars without any permit at all will have a four-hour grace period.
Those wanting to buy city parking permits can do so in the basement of City Hall. Hoboken residents can purchase a residential parking permit for $10. The acceptable forms of proof of residency to get a resident parking pass are a copy of a valid New Jersey drivers license reflecting an address in the city of Hoboken, a copy of a valid New Jersey motor vehicle registration showing an address in the city of Hoboken, and a copy of a valid auto insurance card showing an address in the city of Hoboken.
If the vehicle is leased and used by a resident, a copy of the valid New Jersey motor vehicle registration, valid insurance showing an address in the city of Hoboken, and a copy of the lease reflecting the applicant's address in Hoboken need to be presented to the HPA.
Business permits are sold for $75 per year. The business owners and employees can purchase a one-month business permit for $35 and a six-month permit for $50.
Hoboken residents who legally reside in Hoboken but have a rental car or other temporary vehicle with out-of-state plates can purchase a temporary $1-per-day pass. Visitor passes for everyone else are $3 per day.