New and returning NIU students are encouraged to educate themselves about the 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.
Students who live in the affected neighborhoods have three options:
1) Purchase a parking permit from their landlords and park in private lots assigned to their building.
2) Purchase a permit for an NIU lot.
3) Purchase a DeKalb street parking permit if they can prove that their apartment does not provide an off-street parking space for them.
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 DeKalb officials are developing an online purchasing system that will debut later in the fall.
The affected neighborhoods are as follows:
- West of Annie Glidden Road (Regent, Fotis, Aspen, Spiros, Varsity, Pappas, Eco Park, etc.) — No parking 2 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- East of Annie Glidden Road (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. Since apartment residents living west of Annie Glidden Road 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.
Information is available on the city of DeKalb website or by calling 815-748-8400.