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City clarifies rule that only Wisconsin residents can purchase day parking permits

Posted: 7:37 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 20:37:40-04

The City of Milwaukee Public Works Department is clarifying rules for getting a day parking permit for city streets.

A flier at Milwaukee Police District One states, effective immediately, a lease is no longer an acceptable form for address verification when applying for a Commuter Impacted Residential Area Day Permit or a Resident Preferred Parking Permit .

Parking Flier
Parking flier found at District One

Instead, applicants must provide a driver's license that matches the address on the parking permit application .

The flier states all day permits are available to Wisconsin residents only and each car must have valid Wisconsin license plates.

In an email, a spokesperson for the Public Works department wrote, "These requirements have been part of a long standing ordinance. These requirements help reduce fraud by ensuring those applicants are residents of the requested location. Fraud in this manner can decrease available parking for those who actually reside those areas."

But some say the requirements are a lot to ask.

"I honestly think that’s pretty unfair considering that Marquette is a university that really draws a lot of people from all over the U.S.," said student Allison Woodworth.

It's taking some landlords by surprise.

"Up until recently students simply had to just go to the City of Milwaukee with the letter for me saying my parking is full and they were able to get a daytime parking permit," said The Kensington landlord Joe Judd.

The flier says anyone with questions should contact the Public Works department at 414-286-8350.

A spokesperson for DPW said it has received about a half-a-dozen calls from the public about this.