Parking: Frequently Asked Questions
How does the permit parking work?
Permit holders will be issued a colored permit. The color of the permit identifies the respective parking areas that can be used by the permit holder. The most prevalent colors and parking areas include:
RED -- Merchant Parking Permit (14 parking areas – 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
BLUE -- Commuter Parking Permit (2 parking areas – 7am-9:15am, Mon-Fri)
PURPLE -- Free Merchant Parking Permit (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
** WEEKENDS ARE FREE IN ALL PERMIT PARKING AREAS IN THE VILLAGE **
Permit holders must display their permits if they are parking in these respective areas during the designated time periods. Outside of the designated time periods, parking is FREE and may be used by anybody. Permit holders only have reserved parking during the designated hours.
How can I purchase a permit?
The Village maintains a wait list for permit parking spaces for the main Hinsdale Metra station. Any resident who is interested in becoming a permit holder may register their contact information with the Village Hall by calling 630-789-7001, or via email.
New permits are NO LONGER being issued for the Highlands or West Hinsdale stations; rather, residents may utilize the pay box for daily parking.
Where can I direct shoppers to park in town?
The Village's current shopper parking map is available here.
The Washington Lot and Garfield Lots are designated as “Shopper Only” parking lots. Essentially, this has increased the parking availability for visitors and shoppers in a central location in the business district.
Shoppers should be directed to the Washington Lot (Washington Street just south of First Street) or Garfield Lot (accessible from Garfield Street, north of Fuller's Hardware, and south of Corner Bakery.) This parking area is regulated by a pay box for a rate of 1 hour for every $1.00 dollar. The pay box accepts coins, dollars, or credit cards. The maximum time allowable for parking in this lot is six (6) hours.
Users of the lot must remember their stall number, and then immediately pay at the box.
Merchants and employees parking in the designated shopper areas are subject to a $25 fine.
What if I cannot find a parking space in my permitted area?
It is recognized that some permit areas will be of higher demand than others; however, the availability will continually be evaluated relative to the number of permits distributed.
Where can I find a map of the new Village permit parking areas?
The Village parking map is available here, or can be picked up in person at the Village Hall or Police Department.
Why does the Village no longer allow duplicate permits?
The Village has made a policy decision to discontinue the use of duplicate parking permits. The purpose of this change was not to generate more revenue but because it was impossible to monitor the use of multiple duplicate permits due to the expansive parking areas where permits can be used. You may still share permits between employees and the Police Department located at 121 Symonds Drive has agreed to be the exchange point for employees to pick-up and drop-off permits. To do this, please drop off an envelope with your business name on it with your parking permit and instruct your employee of this procedure. Permits can be dropped off and picked up 24 hours a day.
How do I contest a parking ticket?
A "Request for Review of Citation" form must be completed and forwarded to the Police Department along with a copy of the citation. Forms are available at the Police Department or here online.. Your explanation will be reviewed by the issuing officer and his supervisor and you will be notified of the results. If you are not satisfied with the results of the review, you may come to the Police Department and request a court date.
NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view the form online. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader software, you can download it here:
How can I request overnight parking?
Hinsdale residents can request permission to park on Village Streets overnight for up to three consecutive nights through our website by clicking here..
Residents may also call 630 789-7070 during lobby hours (Mondays thru Fridays 8:00AM – 10:30PM and Saturdays 8:00AM – 2:00PM). Overnight parking permission will not be granted when there is three or more inches of snow fall and does not exempt daytime parking regulations, such as Residential Parking Only 7am-9am, and permits where required.