The deadline to purchase 2011 City of Evanston vehicle permits is Monday January 10, 2011.  The City is offering extended hours to purchase the permits tomorrow, Saturday January 8, from 9 AM to 1 PM on the first floor of the Civic Center.  The Civic Center will also be open on Monday January 10 until 7:30 PM to purchase permits.  A penalty of 50% of the fee will be added to all applications received/postmarked after January 10, 2011. 

The process of purchasing and issuing permits each year is complicated because of the need to actually get the physical permit or permits to residents (a regular vehicle sticker and also district residential parking permits).  While the City offers multiple ways to do this from November 1 to January 10, the process should be easier.

As of today, some residents have not received their permits purchased by mail or through our website.  If a resident has sent their permit form or completed the form on our website more than 14 days ago and has not received the permit, please contact the City at 847-448-8292 or by email at for assistance.  There is no need to come to the Civic Center.  We can handle issue via phone or email.  Some residents have also had difficulties that have been caused by inaccurate or out of date vehicle information that we receive electronically from the State of Illinois.  The City recognizes the issue and will resolve in time for the 2012 permit process.  Finally, there have been issues with residents not having vehicle registration or proof of residency that has been sufficient under our current guidelines to issue permits.  I believe that these current guidelines are not appropriate for the needs of the process to issue vehicle permits and will also be revised for the 2012 permit process.

In order to allow these remaining issues for 2011 to be resolved, the Police Department will not be citing expired permits until early February. 

I recognize that the vehicle permit process is one of the few annual City processes that most every resident interacts with the City of Evanston.  It is our goal to make the process more efficient and user friendly in the future.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any comments or additional suggestions at

Wally Bobkiewicz

City Manager

City of Evanston