St. Paul parking moves towards prohibiting sale of parking permits

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In St. Paul, a permit is needed on parked cars on some residential streets. But the St. Paul City Council says some people with permits are selling them to make a quick buck.

"People were using their residential parking permits to sell during the State Fair time to use as a money-maker," said Amy Brendmoen, St. Paul City Council President.

Yards became parking lots when the State Fair begins. But some people living nearby say people are taking it a step further. They've reported seeing parking permits rented out or sold to non-residents during peak parking times. And with it, it brought heavier traffic.

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"If you have two permits you can sell them and then people can park on the street until they leave and then you can sell them again," said Brendmoen. "So during the course of a day, people pay upwards of $20 to $30 to park, and that's just not the intent of what the residential parking permit is."

St. Paul City Council members came up with a plan which would amend Chapter 164 of the Legislative Code to prohibit the sale of parking permits issued for residential parking permit areas.

Anyone who sells a parking permit and gets caught would be guilty of a misdemeanor. They also won't have a permit for a year.

Council members are expected to vote on the ordinance next week. As long as it passes, the rules will go into effect within 30 days.