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The City of Bloomington has a Special Events (SE) Parking Permit available for vehicles visiting the BEAD District in association with the special event that is taking place. This permit will allow these vehicles to legally park on the street in a designated area reserved prior to arrival.

On September 19, 2018, the Bloomington City Council unanimously voted to implement changes to the City's Parking Ordinance. These changes will affect special event parking permits beginning January 1, 2019. Click here to read a brief summary of the impacts of these changes.


Download a permit application

Applications are also available in the Parking Services office in City Hall.


We accept Visa and Mastercard payments, checks and money orders. Applications along with payment should be mailed to:

Parking Enforcement
401 N. Morton St., Suite 120
Bloomington, IN 47404


Applications may also be faxed to Parking Enforcement at (812) 349-3574. Please include a call back phone number for credit card information.

Terms of Use

The following outline describes how you can use the SE Permit:

Upon approval of the application, the planning and transportation department may issue a special events parking permit which temporarily exempts for specified time periods certain vehicles and uses from the parking control listed elsewhere in this section.

(1) Applications for such permits shall be submitted to the planning and transportation department at least seven days prior to the time that reserved parking spaces are needed.

(2) The special events parking permits are valid only for the specific parking spaces and the specific dates designated on an approved application.

(3)The planning and transportation department shall post notice of the parking space reservation at least twenty-four hours in advance of the time the reservation shall become effective.

(4) Permitted uses for a special events parking permit shall include, but are not limited to, buses transporting guests to and from lodging establishments, and buses and other vehicles used in association with the production or presentation of performances at entertainment venues.

(5) A special events parking permit issued under the authority of this section shall exempt permit holders from prohibitions listed in Bloomington Municipal Code Sections 15.32.070 and 15.48.010

(6) The fee for a special events parking permit shall be the hourly parking rate per vehicle parking space for each hour reserved by the permit.

(7) Administrative Fee. An administrative fee of $5.00 per permit applicant shall be levied at the issuance of a permit to offset the cost of implementing, enforcing and administering the provisions of this section.

If you have any question please call Parking Enforcement at 812-349-3436, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on this permit, read municipal code 15.04.160 online.