Accessible Parking Sign Program

The Accessible Parking Sign Program’s ability to enforce accessible parking laws has been instrumental in helping Denver maintain its high standard of accessibility, compliance, and quality of life.  This enhances Denver’s recognition as being one of the most accessible cities in the country.

In 1993 Denver initiated the Accessible Parking Program (APP). For over 20 years APP has been an integral part of the City’s efforts to protect the rights of people with disabilities and older adults.

The Accessible Parking Program was a volunteer-based program committed to the ideal of cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the Denver Right of Way Enforcement (ROWE) and the Denver Police Department (DPD) parking programs.  The program was committed to maintaining Denver’s high standard of accessibility, compliance through enforcement and education of parking for persons with mobility impairments, and quality of life. This program consisted of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time and talents to enforce parking for persons with mobility impairments within the City of Denver.

In 2022, the program was modified and renamed Accessible Parking Sign Program after being moved from Right-of-Way Enforcement into Curbside & Parking under Transportation Operations Division. This program now solely focuses on managing requests for installation, modification, and removal of accessible parking signs. Enforcement of existing signs is managed by Right-of-Way Enforcement. The volunteer aspect of the program has been suspended at this time.

Denver Parking Rules & Regulations

People with disabilities have special parking privileges when displaying a valid disability placard, license plate or hang tag on their vehicle.

Accessible Parking Spaces

A person with a mobility disability using a valid disability placard, license plate or hangtag issued to them may park in a space marked as reserved for use by those with disabilities (formerly referred to as "handicap parking").

Meter Parking for People with Disabilities

A person with a mobility disability using a valid disability placard or plate issued to them may park at Denver City meters for the time period authorized by the parking meter or for four (4) consecutive hours, whichever is greater, without paying during the time parking is allowed. At the end of the authorized time period, the vehicle must be moved at least 100 feet from the parking metered space.

To find out if you're eligible or to apply for a disability placard, plates or hangtag, see Denver Motor Vehicles.

Accessible parking signs for your property

Accessible parking signs may be installed on the right-of-way for residents, businesses and multi-family properties. 

Please contact 311 to request Accessible Parking Signage application materials.

Your request will be tracked for response and resolution following the proper documentation to Curbside & Parking/Accessible Parking Sign Program. If your request is approved it takes at least a 45 days business days before the sign may be installed.

Requests can also be made through 311 for sign removal. 

License Plate and Placard Information

ADA Standards for Parking