Citizens whose address of permanent residence is in a city district where the paid parking zone system is in place are entitled to purchase a parking permit for the respective parking district. Based on this permit, they can use the blue and purple zones within the respective area without restriction. Residents with a valid parking permit are allowed to park in the blue zones of the respective parking district anytime. These parking spots are intended primarily to make it easier for local residents to park. Residents with a valid parking permit are allowed to park in the purples zones in the respective district just like they can in the blue zone, i.e., without the need to pay extra for parking. In the orange zones, however, residents must observe the same rules as visitors, i.e., they have to pay to park there via parking meters or the Virtual Parking Meter app (mpla.cz/Prague). Residents are allowed park in the orange zone for a limited period of time upon payment of the fee.
The approach is the same as in the case of residents. Parking permits are issued to natural persons – businesses and legal persons upon presenting proof that their registered office or place of business (commercial/operating premises) is located in the respective city district.
The approach is the same as in the case of business owners. Parking permits are issued to natural persons owning property in the respective city district upon proof of ownership of the property being presented.
The owners of the cooperative share are not entitled to ownership parking rights. In this case, it is not a direct ownership of the property.
A parking permit is only available to persons with permanent residence in the respective area (see Act No. 13/1997 Coll., on roads). Obtaining a parking permit based only on a lease contract would thus be at variance with the law. However, if a person who lives in a regulated zone has a valid lease contact, they also have the right under the law to obtain permanent residence in such location.
The new PPZ concept includes “delivery spots”, which are differentiated from regular blue, purple and orange zones with the P – RESERVÉ vertical traffic sign. It is also recommend that deliveries be made outside PPZ hours.
Parking permits for natural persons – businesses, legal persons and property owners are also being issued at this time for delivery purposes. These parking permits, however, cannot be applied to delivery spots.
Public interest parking spots are designated for the needs of Prague City Hall, city district offices, the national police, the city police, ambulance drivers and firefighters.
Entrepreneurs that need short-term parking near a customer’s place of business or flat to do their work may use all PPZ regimes (after paying parking and observing visitor parking rules in each zone). This is an effort to accommodate entrepreneurs, so they can park in a specific section of a blue zone to quickly deal with business matters or deliveries.
If you wish to park near a friend’s or relative’s home in order to pay a visit, it is best to choose a time outside PPZ hours or park in the purple zone. If required, it is possible to use blue and orange zones. These are more expensive, however. Purple zone – during operating hours, you can park after paying the respective fee via a parking meter or the Virtual Parking Meter app, but for a maximum of 24 hours. Orange zone – during operating hours, you can park after paying the respective fee via a parking meter or the Virtual Parking Meter app for a limited period of time. Blue zone – you can park here during parking hours after paying the fee via the virtual parking meter (mpla.cz/Prague). This option is most favourable for short-term parking near the home of the person you are visiting, e.g., to unload heavy items or picking up older people who have problems getting around. Outside designated PPZ hours, i.e., most often from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and on weekends, when visits usually take place, paid parking zones are not in effect and visitors can park here without restriction. Another parking option when visiting a person living in a paid parking zone is using P+R parking lots and public transport. In many cases, this option is faster and cheaper.
For the needs of physical handicapped citizens, some parking spots in paid parking zones are set aside for use by all ZTP cardholders. These parking spots are spread out across PPZ districts in those places frequented by physically handicapped citizens. Parking in these spots is free for ZTP cardholders, provided their vehicle bears the O7 sign. Physically handicapped citizens with permanent residency in an area can also apply for a reserved parking spot in that area. This spot is designated for a specific vehicle in accordance with Section 28 of Act No. 13/1997 Coll., on roads, and is exempt from the local public space use fee.
Motorcyclists can park for free in all PPZs.
Parking permits do not take the physical form of a card but are linked to the vehicle number plate. In other words, they are in electronic form.
To obtain a resident parking permit for a specific city district with PPZs, you need a personal identity card indicating that your address of permanent residence is located in that city district and the large vehicle roadworthiness certificate. If the vehicle is not registered in the applicant’s name, a vehicle use document (document proving that the applicant has a legal relationship to the vehicle) must be presented as well.
A vehicle use document can be in the form of a lease contract, contract with a car rental agency, etc. NOTE: For PPZ purposes, only lease contracts and car rental contracts entered into with legal persons or natural persons – businesses with car lease/rental as their line of business are recognised.
To obtain a proprietor parking permit, applicants must have their place of residence or place of business in the respective city district under the PPZ scheme. To obtain a parking permit, it is necessary to present an incorporation document (extract from the Commercial Register, trade licence, articles of associations etc.), any valid document showing the address of the business premises, and the vehicle roadworthiness certificate indicating the business entity as the owner. Proprietor parking permits are also issued to natural persons who own property in the respective area (documented with an extract from the Real Estate Cadastre).
A transferrable parking permit is a substitute for a transferrable parking card. The parking permit is issued in the name of the legal person or natural person-business or property owner. They can then use the Personal User Pages (PUP) to change the plate number of the vehicle that will be using the parking permit at any given time.
As has been the case to date, ZTP cardholders can make use of reserved parking spots, provided their vehicle bears the O7 sign. The City of Prague has set aside 2% of all parking spots for handicapped parking.
A residential zone means a defined area within which locals, based on either permanent residence or a registered office/place of business or ownership of a property, are entitled to obtain a parking permit. Large city districts are divided into smaller residential zones, such as Prague 5 and Prague 5.1.
Parking zones are areas delimiting the extent and geographical validity of parking permits and are divided into “Zones” and “Sub-zones”. If you satisfy the conditions, you can apply for a parking permit for an entire parking zone or a parking sub-zone.
On the edges of the various city districts, overlapping areas have been set up to allow residents and proprietors of one city district to park in the adjacent area of the neighbouring city district. These overlapping areas are marked with vertical traffic signs.
First you have to cancel your valid parking permit at the local parking permit issuing centre. Then you can arrange a new permit for the new requested zone. If your existing permit is about to expire, you can file a parking permit application for the new zone online via your User Section.
No such parking permit is available as it would go against the regulatory nature of the PPZ system.
Yes, it is possible to arrange a parking permit for an entire city district.
Resident and proprietor parking permits can only be obtained by the persons listed in Act No. 13/1997 Coll., on roads. Persons with only a lease contract (without permanent residence) are not on this list. However, the Act on the Population Register allows a person who lives in a city district with PPZs and who has a valid lease contact to register for permanent residency at such address.
There is no need to register if using visitor parking. All you need to do is enter the Virtual Parking Meter address (mpla.cz/Prague) into your web browser (e.g., in your mobile phone or tablet with an internet connection) and follow the instruction on the screen. Detailed information is available in the VPM Manual.
NOTE: The osu.zpsPrague.cz website (the “Log in” link on the parkujvklidu.cz website) is the platform for parking permit holders to access the Personal User Pages, where they can manage their permits. It is not possible to use this site to pay for visitor parking!
Just enter into the Virtual Parking Meter address (mpla.cz/Prague) into your browser. You can also find detailed information in the Instructions for Entering Personal Data in VPM for the First Time and in the Instructions for Payment via VPM, which are available for download on parkujvklidu.cz. Or you can search for a parking section at vph.zpsPrague.cz or directly in the interactive map on the homepage of this website and pay from there.
Changing vehicle plate numbers in the case of transferrable parking permits takes place via the Personal User Pages (the “Log in” link on the parkujvklidu.cz website). Once you log in and the initial “Parking Permit Overview” appears, you need to click on the row with the parking permit that you want to change the vehicle plate number for.
You can then change the vehicle plate number on the “Permit details” card (see image below) by checking the first row with the respective parking permit and entering the validity of the vehicle plate number specified there. It possible to manage several vehicle plate numbers at once.
NOTE: Only one vehicle plate number can be active during any given time period!
A complete user manual for the Personal User Pages can be downloaded here.
A vehicle plate number in the case of a transferrable parking permit can only be changed via the Personal User Pages (PUP). In case of downtime (or if inaccessible due to other technical reasons), a parking permit holder will be unable change the vehicle plate number. As it is not possible to park in a PPZ without a valid permit during PPZ hours, the only option is to pay for parking via a parking meter or the Virtual Parking Meter (VPM) app. The parking permit holder can then request a refund from the PPZ administrator: TSK hl. města Prahy, a.s. (TSK), which will review the claim and make the refund.
If a parking meter is out of order, you can report it by calling +420 720 935 617. It is always necessary to specify the street where the parking meter is located or the parking section number. It is best of course to identify the parking meter by its number, which is displayed at the top of the parking meter screen (see the image below).
As parking meters are equipped with a solar panel, which charges a built-in battery, the screen is usually off (the parking meter is however active and operational). Just press any button and the parking meter screen will activate. Each parking meter is energy self-sufficient as it uses solar power. Parking meters are therefore environmentally friendly.
The most common mistake is inserting coins before the registration number has been entered or before the blue “+” and “++” buttons for selecting the parking duration when paying by card have been pressed. You should always follow the procedure displayed on the parking meter.
If you follow the procedure and the coins are still rejected, there may be a problem with the parking meter. In that case call customer support on +420 720 935 617.
Carer parking permits are for carers (primarily family members) who do not have permanent residence in the given zone and are providing essential care for someone.
The holder of the parking permit is a citizen with permanent residence in the given zone who is over the age of 80 and has been awarded at least a level III care allowance and does not have a residents’ parking permit. The permit is issued for at most 3 vehicles and at most 5 parking sections.
After logging in in the valid permits section, click on the row with the valid permit to open the permit details, where there is a button labelled PERMANENT CHANGE OF REGISTRATION NUMBER above the map.
Accounts are intended for parking permit applicants and are set up upon request by the parking permit issuing centre based on the applicant’s e-mail address or by the CALL CENTRE on +420 388 901 185, 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays. The login details are then sent to the specified e-mail address.
Pursuant to Section 12 of Act No. 112/2016 Coll., on electronic record of sales, as amended, the revenues of local governments, i.e., towns, cities and municipalities, are not subject to the Electronic Record of Sales scheme. This means that even though the City of Prague, as the PPZ founder, receives revenue in cash, it is not subject to the Electronic Record of Sales scheme.
Information about the above and the reason why all municipalities are exempted from the obligation to record sales electronically can be found on the Czech Financial Administration website.
Should a card payment on a parking meter be declined or not go through for any reason, the fee will not be charged, i.e., the funds will not be deducted from your account. If the charge appears in reserved payments or in account movements, there is still no reason to panic or submit a claim for a refund. We recommend waiting until you receive your bank statements, and if the parking fee has been charged and deducted from your account, then fill in the claim form and send it to email@example.com.
The claim form can be downloaded in the following formats: PDF.
Some mobile internet browsers (e.g. Safari, Chrome) allow websites to be viewed in Privacy mode. In this mode, certain information usually cannot be saved; therefore, payment card details, passwords or email addresses cannot be set. We recommend making sure Privacy mode is in fact switched off (follow the instructions on your internet browser). The Virtual Parking Meter app can only be set up and used if Privacy mode is turned off.
Each registered carsharing user can find a registered vehicle anywhere in Prague, either directly in the map or the respective operator’s map. While a vehicle is being used by a customer, it cannot park in blue or purple zones. This possibility become active again at the moment the reservation expires, with the vehicle appearing on the map/application for the next user.
Included in the project are those city districts that have plans already drawn up from the previous period, have already requested the City of Prague to implement the PPZ system or have already stated in discussions that the system is necessary. The project is, however, open to any city district that feels traffic calming will become a necessity in the future. These districts have to respect the rules issue by the City of Prague, however. Those city district which had the worst traffic problems according to traffic surveys and which had been striving to implement the PPZ system for the longest time were chosen to take part in the first stage. Efforts were also made to adhere to a logical organisation and the principle of gradual expansion outward from the centre of Prague. Inclusion depends on how ready the city district is ready to undergo this process.
A Parking Permit Office is located in each city district with PPZs. Each office has several counters for issuing parking permits for the respective city district. The addresses of the Parking Permit Offices and their business hours can be found on the pages about the PPZs of specific city district or directly on the respective city district’s website.
The main reason for implementing paid parking zones (PPZs) is to calm traffic in the defined area using valid legislation and available modern technologies for collecting parking fees and enforcing PPZ rules. Zones are being implemented to regulate excessive visitor traffic in the natural centres of the city districts and near public transit routes, especially at times that demand regulation the most. The legal environment of the Czech Republic does not deal with any other parking regulation method.
Variations in the system should be minimal because this is a single system used throughout Prague. The parking fees depend on the specific purpose of the zones, the time of use and the exclusivity of the given location.
The new system should make the issuance of new parking permits easier and ensure stricter controls and subsequent enforcement in case of violation of the stipulated rules. At the same time, we are making use of new payment options and parking fee collection technologies that are more user friendly and accessible. Another clear benefit is the transfer of the responsibility for handing parking offences to the city districts. This transfer will lead to greater motivation of city district staff to deal with offences, because the revenues from collected fines will increase the budget of the respective city district.
The PPZ proposal is based on projects drawn up by each city district. The initial stages of the projects were consulted with the pertinent representatives of these city districts. The city district offices issue final approval for traffic signs through their traffic management departments.
Yes they do. All devices, i.e., even parking meters, satisfy the ČSN 12 414 standard and issue simple tax documents upon payment of the parking fee (receipts). The issued document of course satisfies the requirements for a simplified tax document (receipt).