Annoyed at increase of Los Angeles visitors parking permit price

I live in L.A. city proper on a street that is permit parking.  For the most part, I don’t mind this, because it means that I usually have no problems parking on my street overnight since you need to have a resident’s (or visitors permit) to park on my street.

Because we have friends visiting pretty often, we pay for the two extra visitor parking permits so that our friends never have to worry about finding a place to park when they come over.

When we moved here in 2004, the cost for a single 4 month visitor permit was $10.  That meant for two permits ($20) x 3 times a year = $60/year for our visitor parking permits year-round.  Not much to pay for the convenience of having parking for our visitors.

The rate stayed the same until early 2007 (the permit fees went up in November 2006).  Now it was $15 per permit every four months.  So then it became: two permits ($30) x 3 times a year = $90/year for our two visitor parking permits. A 50% increase! Yikes… but ok, prices do go up, and who knows how long the visitor permits were at $10.

Well, surprise, surprise!  Via City of Los Angeles Ordinance No. 180059, new permit rates are in effect as of August 30, 2008. Of course, I didn’t know this until I received my renewal letter saying that a single visitor permit is now $22.50. Two permits ($45) x 3 times a year = $135/year for our two visitor parking permits. This is ANOTHER 50% increase!

So in less than 5 years since I’ve been here, the annual cost of these things have more than doubled! (FYI, The cost of annual (non-visitor) preferential parking permits are less than this, but they have also followed the same pattern of increase.)

Is it the norm for the cost of these things to go up 50% every two years?

If so, then by my calculations, this is what I can project the cost of a SINGLE visitor’s permit for FOUR MONTHS to be:
In 2010: $33.75
In 2012: $50.63
In 2014: $75.94
In 2016: $113.91

Dude. If this is the case, I’m never having anyone visit me again.

11 thoughts on “Annoyed at increase of Los Angeles visitors parking permit price”

  1. I’m jealous – even with restricted parking, I still can rarely ever find a spot on a nearby street. AND my rates have also more than doubled in the past couple years. Hasn’t helped find a spot. As for visitors? Forget it.

    I wish the city would instead triple fines on anyone who double parks, and levy huge fines on anyone who backs up traffic while waiting for a valet. Both are a large part of traffic backups in Hollywood many nights.

  2. Is it the norm for the cost of these things to go up 50% every two years?

    No, I’m sure it’s not. This is likely just another part of the new city wide effort to rape Angelenos for more parking income that also includes the new $1/hour minimum on meters, $4/hour meters downtown, parking hours extended until 8:00 and meters on every stretch of street the city can manage regardless of whether they need them. Been meaning to post about that for awhile.

  3. It sounds like LA City has figured out its easier to call it a fee and get away with not having to put it before the voters for a 2/3 majority to pass. Sac is trying it too which has a lot of our watch dogs frothing.

  4. Spencer, please do post about that. I don’t even drive and I hate it. It actually causes MORE traffic, because people have to constantly move their car.

  5. Welcome to the world of broke cities. Given the economic crisis and the fact that the City of LA is in a deep hole financially, the Mayor and Council will leave no stone unturned in seeking ways to increase revenue without having a tax increase. That means new fees and higher fees—game on!

  6. i don’t drive either it is astounds me the parking is down right ridiculous in downtown. at this rate i just might not start driving.

  7. That’s interesting that you are upset that they are raising your parking rates. It seems like every time I try to find a parking space on the Westside I run into entire neighborhoods with “Permit Parking Only” and the streets are completely empty.

    I can see the argument that you want parking when you get home. But another part of me recognizes that my tax money maintains those streets and I should be able to park on them regardless of whether or not I’m a resident.

    Thanks for sharing the concerns and frustrations of a resident in one of these permit parking only areas.

  8. Yes the increasing coast of permit parking is a pain in the ass. The one that gets me the most is the day passes the fee for them went from a $1.50 to $2.50 (we give big parties and that adds up).

    But the benefits for us residents WAY out weight the extra money.

  9. @rogerdodger: I am actually grateful for permit parking on my street. I realize this isn’t the case in all areas but if it was not permit parking in my area, it would be overrun day and night for people trying to go to the businesses nearby. Not cool for someone who actually lives here in an old building that does not have enough parking for all the tenants. I can understand your frustration of not being able to park on seemingly empty streets, but I really feel for people who live in places where they have to fight with non-residents just to park and go home. So I’m willing to pay the cost of the permit to keep non-residents (or their visitors) out, especially in the evenings when people are coming home. That’s why my complaint is not about the cost of my annual permit (which did, by the way, did also go up 225% over 5 years), but rather the cost of visitor parking. (For the record, during the day, our streets are open to anyone for 2 hour parking).

    @dorit: Actually the (Guest) day passes actually went up 250% since 2004. They used to be $1 a day. (I hear you about the parties; the prices of these things going off made me mad, too.)

    And by the way, how retarded is it that if you want to buy those Guest passes by mail, you have to “allow approximately 3 weeks for your request to be processed?” Not all of us have the time (or patience) to go into their walk-in Customer Service Centers. I would think there should be a way to purchase (and print out) a day pass from online; using something like a valid/active LADWP account, for instance, to validate your residency.

  10. I can’t wait to have overnight permit parking in Venice. With over 150+ RVs camping on our streets day and night, it is long overdue. The nuisnance factors are endless. I come out to find jars of urine on my curb, seen tall RVs sheer off the branches the fruit trees in mhy parkway, had friends have to park blocks away since nearby spaces were taken by …. RVs. Neighbors have frequently seen RV dwellers dumping raw sewage to the street and storm drains, had RVers come on their property to use their hoses – and left the water running, noisy late night visitors to RVs for drug sales or even prostitution. My feeling about the cost? As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” Yes, they’re excessive, but no more than all the inflated city fees and taxes we pay.

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