The city will put its residential parking permit system into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The Albany Common Council in June unanimously approved the residential parking system regulating parking in 2,750 spots near the Empire State Plaza. Only residents and business owners are eligible to get permits. Drivers without a permit will be allowed to park for only two hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Violators are subject to a parking ticket with a fine of $50 and a $15 surcharge.
Residents have for many years asked for a permit system that would allow them to park near their homes during the day, when state workers and other commuters tend to line the residential streets to avoid the meters and the paid parking lots.
Spaces near commercial properties will be left open for any car, and some spaces on the residential streets also will be left open.
Existing traffic and parking regulations, such as alternate side parking and snow emergencies, take precedence over the residential parking permit system. Information on the system can be found at www.albanyny.org.