Residential disabled parking was established to provide disabled City of Chicago residents with convenient and accessible parking in front of their residences through the installation of parking signs. Applications are available at the 47th Ward office. Note that applicants are required to have a disabled placard or license plate (from the Illinois Secretary of State) and no access to off-street parking at their home.

You may return the disabled sign application to the 47th Ward office or mail it in to the Chicago Department of Finance. When submitting an application, please include a copy of your disabled placard or plate, proof of residency and a $70.00 check or money order made out to the “City of Chicago Department of Finance.” For more information on this program, please click here.

Links & Files

Disabled Parking Sign Information

Secretary of State – Persons with Disabilities Information

Disabled Placard Application

January 2014 Changes in Illinois Law affecting Free Meter Parking

(from IL Secretary of State FAQs): The requirements for eligibility for free meter parking have become stricter. Drivers must have their doctor attest that they cannot do one of the following:

  • Feed parking meters “due to the lack of fine motor control of both hands”
  • Feed meters because they need to use a wheelchair
  • Reach above their heads “to a height of 42 inches above the ground”
  • Walk more than 20 feet due to an orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular or lung condition”

Qualified drivers may apply for the new yellow and gray placard from the Illinois Secretary of State which are the only placards that will allow free parking at a City of Chicago metered parking space.  Individuals with the older placards or plates will not have to pay any applicable parking meter fee but these can still be used for disabled parking spaces in private lots.