Parking Restrictions in East Bethesda

This article was written by East Bethesda resident Tori Hall.
April 25, 2012

The proximity of Metro, NIH, and the Walter Reed Military Medical Center (WRMMC) makes street parking in East Bethesda enticing to non-residents.  The staff-to-parking-space ratio at WRMMC is about 4 to1, and while hospital staff are prohibited from parking in our neighborhood, enforcement is hard without parking restrictions in place.  Parking restrictions also discourage commercial encroachment into our residential neighborhood by discouraging street parking by non-resident customers at home-based businesses in East Bethesda.

East Bethesda is pre-approved for the Residential Permit Parking program, but not all blocks have it.  Block residents must petition the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) showing that two-thirds of the block wants to participate.  A block may request 24-hour restrictions, or a more modest 9:00am to 5:00pm weekday restriction.  Parking restrictions mean that residents must purchase parking passes.  Residents must also accept that parking restriction signs will have to be erected in the right-of-way, which may or may not be in front of a resident’s own property.

  • To learn more about the Residential Permit Parking program, visit the MCDOT Parking Management website (, or call 311.
  • To request a petition for your block, call Joe Pospisil at MCDOT at 240-777-2160.
  • To obtain a permit for your vehicle, visit the Bethesda Parking Sales Store (within Parking Garage #42) at 4720 Cheltenham Drive, across from Midas and CVS.