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Disability Parking

Red-Top Meter

The District offers several programs intended to ensure on-street parking is accessible to residents and visitors with disabilities.

Red-Top Meters

Red-Top Meter Locations in the District of Columbia [PDF]

The red-top meter program is not currently being enforced. Anyone can park at a red-top meter. Persons with disability placards or tags do not have to pay. When the program rolls out, then only individuals with disability placards and tags can park at red-top meters and they will have to pay.

Above is a map, which shows all the areas in the District of Columbia where red-top meters are located.

Reserved On-Street Parking for Residents with Disabilities

Residents with disabilities who live in a single-family dwelling and meet certain other requirements can apply to have on street parking spaces reserved for them.

To get more information on this program, and to apply for a reserved space please contact the DDOT Parking Team at parking.ddot@dc.gov.

ADA Accessible Meters and Spaces for Persons with Disabilities

DDOT is currently designating up to one ADA-accessible parking meter for every block face that is governed by parking meter equipment. These meters are specifically marked in such a way that easily identifies them as being accessible for persons with disabilities.

On street metered and non-metered parking spaces for persons with disabilities shall mean a parking space that meets the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines of the United States Architectural and Transportation Carriers Compliance Board (commonly referred to as the United States Access Board). and comply with any applicable regulations of the Department of Justice, regarding the following:

  1. Demarcation of the parking space;
  2. Accessible meter hardware and payment technology;
  3. Infrastructure placement; and
  4. Pedestrian access routes; and
  5. Unless a more stringent standard is established by the United States Access Board or applicable regulations of the Department of Justice:
  • Be located adjacent to, or within, 100 feet of a curb cut, access ramp or driveway; and
  • Indicate by signage affixed to a sign post or a decal on the meter that the space is reserved for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities.

Accessible Parking Meter and Accessible On-street Parking Meter shall mean a parking meter with the following characteristics:

  1. All operable parts, including but not limited to slots for payment, no higher than 48" from the ground.
  2. The operable parts and meter face directed at an accessible route.
  3. A box of ground space free of obstacles and measuring at least 30" x 48" aligned for forward or parallel approach to the operable parts and meter.

All new meter installations, multispace metering devices and new metering technologies employed by the Department will be accessible by persons with disabilities.

These spaces are not reserved for use only by persons with disabilities. They are simply marked in a manner that easily identifies them as being compliant with the ADA requirements.

Disability Parking Permits and Tags

Disability parking permits, placards and vehicle tags are offered by the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Application for Disability Parking Placard or Tags (DMV)

Related Information

Parking Decals and Permits for Vehicles Used by Persons with Disabilities (DMV)

Related Service

MetroAccess - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is an independent organization. This website link is made available as a public service.