Parking with Disabilities in NYC

It’s no secret that many areas in NYC make it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to navigate . Unfortunately, in addition to the many apartment buildings and subway stops that have been poorly designed for people with certain needs, driving and parking with disabilities in NYC can be just as difficult. While many government and commercial buildings do provide off-street, reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities, the city does not designate or reserve any public parking spaces for drivers with disabilities. Unfortunately , this leaves a portion of NYC’s motorist vulnerable to getting hit with the soulless NYC parking ticket.

Parking Permit for Drivers with Disabilities

However, drivers with disabilities need not fret! The City does provide certain allowances especially if you obtain a Parking Permit for People with Disabilities. This permit allows the drivers with disabilities to park at all off-street designated parking spots as well as many curbsides on city streets. Thus, you may be able to park at  all “No Parking” zones,  “No Standing” zones, “Truck Loading Only” zones, or “Authorized Vehicles Only” parking spaces designated for diplomats, government agencies, doctors and press. You may also be able to park at metered parking without needing to paying.

Where can I not park?

This permit doesn’t grant you access to every parking spot in the city however, there are still restrictions on where you cant park. You can’t park in a “No Stopping” zone or in any “No Standing” zones other than the ones stated above (taxi stands, fire zones, driveways, etc). You also may not park at any bus stop, crosswalk, or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Also as always, double parking is always forbidden!

How to Apply?

In order to apply you will need to have your physician complete a certain portion of the application and you also must set up an appointment with a designated physician approved by The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to certify your disability. You will need to provide any supporting medical documentation and reports, a valid copy of your Driver’s License or a Non-Driver’s Identification card and all copies of your vehicle registration. Once your application is complete send it to:

NYC Department of Transportation 
Division of Traffic and Planning 
28-11 Queens Plaza North 8th Fl 
Long Island City, NY 11101