Council Considers RPP Permits for Businesses

ANC 6C Strongly Opposed the Legislation

A proposal that would allow small business owners in DC to get residential parking permits (RPP) for their employees violates standing residents’ parking rights, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C stated at its March 8 meeting.

The Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017 would give business with 10 or less employees the chance to apply to the Department of Transportation (DDOT) for RPP permits to park near the business on residential streets. It was introduced by DC Councilmembers Robert White, Jr. (D-At-Larg), Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4).

ANC 6C Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler (04) said that the legislation would throw a wrench into an already difficult parking permit system — it already went through significant overhauls just two years ago.

“It’s a curious and profoundly ill-conceived proposal,” he said.

He added that if the Council approves this Act, it would open up several opportunities for businesses to abuse it, such as by counting employees that telework and by creating multiple LLCs to get more permits. It also encourages driving and puts an unnecessary burden on the neighbors of those businesses, he said.

Commissioner Chris Miller (05) questioned its value to his constituents, neighbors living around the H Street NE corridor.

“Are we sure it isn’t titled the ‘H Street residents drop dead’ bill?’” Miller said.

Commissioners voted unanimously to support a letter of opposition to the sponsors and Committee on Transportation and the Environment Chair Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).