Reserving an overnight parking pass in Oak Park has gotten even easier for smartphone and tablet users.
In addition to paying for parking at any meter or pay-by-space lot in the Village, residents and visitors now can use the same convenient and easy-to-use Passport Parking app to secure an overnight on-street parking pass.
Users also can reserve passes online via a link at www.oak-park.us/parkingpass or by calling 708.716.0716 and following the automated phone system prompts.
Vehicle owners can request up to 10 temporary, overnight on-street parking passes per vehicle per month — the first three are free and the other seven are $7 each.
As with the current automated system used to pay for parking at meters and in lots, users requesting an overnight pass will be required to enter a zone number. For an overnight pass, users will need to enter Zone 206, which encompasses all locations where on-street overnight parking passes are allowed.
Parking officials stress that passes are not valid along specific main routes, by parking meters or in areas with posted restrictions, such as in Village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and overnight parking zones where residents have purchased parking permits.
For example, vehicle owners wishing to park on Washington Boulevard or Oak Park Avenue may have to park on a side street outside of an existing permit parking zone or not on a main route.
The individual requesting the overnight pass must be sure to check the signs and not park in a restricted area, including main streets. A map of restricted areas is posted at www.oak-park.us/zone206.
A key benefit of using the Passport Parking app is that a user’s information remains stored for future use, whether to request an overnight pass or pay for a parking meter or pay-by-space lot in Oak Park. The app is available for free download to both Apple and Android devices.
The switch to a completely automated overnight parking pass system comes in the wake of a steep decline in the number of residents who call the Village directly to request a pass from an operator.
Residents who do not have access to a smartphone or internet connection and would like help setting up an account via the automated telephone system also can visit the Parking & Mobility Services Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., or call 708.358.7275 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
More information about parking in Oak Park is posted at www.oak-park.us/parking.
Requesting an overnight pass
• If you already have the Passport Parking app – log in, enter zone 206 and follow the remaining prompts.
• If you typically request an overnight pass online – log in, enter zone 206 and follow the remaining prompts.
• If you typically request an overnight pass by phone – call 708.716.0716 and follow the automated phone system prompts. A live operator is no longer available.
• If you need help setting up an account – call 708.358.7275 or visit the Parking Services Center at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.