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City Parking Ordinances

New DeKalb parking ordinances to affect NIU students

New and returning NIU students are encouraged to educate themselves about new City of DeKalb parking regulations for neighborhoods surrounding the university.

Under the City's Safe Streets program, street parking that many students have utilized in the past will no longer be available, and overnight parking is banned in certain neighborhoods.

Parking Options

If you live in the affected neighborhoods you have three options:

  • Purchase a parking permit from your landlord and park in private lots assigned to your building
  • Purchase a student permit for an NIU lot
  • Purchase a city street parking permit
    • Note: you will need to prove that your apartment does not provide an off-street parking space for you

Parking Permits

City street parking permits cost $25 and must be purchased at the DeKalb Police Station, 700 West Lincoln Highway. These permits allow street parking only in approved areas near the applicant's residence, and may not be used to park on City streets in other restricted areas.

Students hosting overnight guests must purchase a guest parking pass at $5 per car. Both the regular and guest parking permits must be purchased at the police station for now, but City officials are developing an online purchasing system that will debut later in the fall.

Affected Neighborhoods

  • West of Annie Glidden (Regent, Fotis, Aspen, Spiros, Varsity, Pappas, Eco Park, etc.)
    • No parking 2 a.m. – 6 a.m.
  • East of Annie Glidden (Edgebrook, Kimberly, Greenbrier, West Hillcrest, Blackhawk,etc.)
    • No parking 2 a.m. – 6 a.m.
    • Permitted Parking only
  • Russell Road and Crane Drive
    • No parking 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Ellwood Neighborhood (Augusta, Park, College, Thornbrook, Miller, Harrison, John, etc.)
    • No parking any time
    • Permitted Parking only

To clarify, those neighborhoods with parking restrictions and the phrase “Permitted Parking Only” refers to residents who have proven they have no off-street option and have purchased a resident parking permit from the City of DeKalb. Since apartment residents living west of Annie Glidden have ample off-street parking available, it is unlikely that city staff will approve street parking permit requests from people living in that area. Any sub-leasing arrangements must be in writing with the property manager in order to be assigned an apartment building parking space.

Get more information about DeKalb's Safe Streets Initiative or call 815-748-8400.