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“Dear PoPville,

I just moved to the district from VA and I need a residential parking permit to park on my street, but I can’t get one of those or even a temporary pass without having a DC license and registration. How likely am I to get a ticket and is there any other type of temporary pass I can get?

Ed. Note: While street sweeping tickets continue to be suspended we’ve received conflicting info as to what other parking tickets are being issued. I was under the impression – the only ticket being issued would be for safety issues, parking in front of a hydrant, in a crosswalk etc. but last month a reader reported “for any spots labeled ‘resident parking only’ tickets are being written again”.

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“Dear PoPville,

I have a question for the readership about DDOT No Parking permits. I’m moving out of an apartment that doesn’t have a loading dock, so I applied for and received a standard DDOT No Parking Permit for a moving truck. I applied for the permit on 7/22 for an 8/31 move out day. My permit is good for one day from the hours of 7am to 4pm. I went to the police station to print the signs on 8/9. So far, feeling pretty good and happy that I’m ahead of the game…

Just yesterday, No Parking signs were posted on my street effective for 8/20 – 8/31 for “Local Paving by DC/DDOT/GOVT”. These signs say they were printed on 8/15 – after I applied for and printed my permit. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

There has been an abandoned car parked in front of my apartment building for about 4 months now. It’s in seemingly perfect shape (2010ish Honda CRV), is in a ParkMobile metered spot, and only has a couple tickets. It has MD plates and really hasn’t moved from this metered spot in 4 months – should I be reporting this to someone in DC? I’m more concerned for the owner’s well being as I can’t imagine why nobody would have come back to it in so long knowing it’s in a metered spot.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just saw the parking lady out writing tickets again, so I went and spoke to her. She told me that the green “2 hours OR a parking sticker” areas are fine to park in and no tickets are being written. But for any spots labeled “resident parking only” tickets are being written again for anyone parking there without a proper sticker. I also saw her write a ticket for someone who was parked past the last parking sign (parked too close to the corner).”

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From MPD:

“On Saturday, July 4, 2020, Fourth of July related activity, along with First Amendment demonstrations, will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these events, there will be extensive street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

The following streets will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. on July 3, 2020 to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 2020:

Independence Avenue, SW from 17th Street and Ohio Drive, SW
23rd Street, NW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Memorial Bridge
Henry Bacon Drive from Constitution Avenue, NW to Memorial Circle

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from approximately 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: Read More

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Thanks to Maggie for sharing this crazy story:

“My partner lives in AdMo, and I live Glover Park, and use a visitor’s parking permit when the car is there. I usually have 0 issues, but for a period of several months in 2019 I received at least a dozen tickets on the same stretch of Calvert Street by I think the same officer. I was cited for several things, none of them accurate, including illegal spot, no permit, no visible registration sticker, etc. My car is registered, with plate and sticker, in the District. Read More

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Ed. Note: stock photo of ticket, not the car in question

“Dear PoPville,

Last night we received our first parking ticket (Shaw. On 5th street.) for a zone sticker violation since lockdown began.

We have a guest permit, we just didn’t bother using it because parking enforcement hasn’t been active lately. But they’re back apparently. Not much we can do until inspection stations catch up with their backlog etc (and I’m not about to risk a day crowded into the DMV) but just a heads up.”

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