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Residents Zone

Who is a resident?

In short, a resident is a person who is registered in a a residential zone of the AREA in Barcelona and who has a vehicle with more tan two wheels (that not exceed 6 meters in length, the 3.500 kg of authorized máximum weight and the máximum of 9 passengers).

Which types of spaces can residents use?

A resident can park in their own residential zone, after obtaining a ticket from the parking meter using their Resident card or using ONaparcar residents app. The Fiscal Ordinances regulate the tariff that will apply (free of charge or full tariff). Under the current Ordinance, you can leave a vehicle parked in the same space for up to a maximum of seven natural days without moving it, independently of the number of days for you have obtained the ticket for.

You can also park in other Green and Blue zones within the city by obtaining a rotation ticket from the corresponding parking meter or from apparkB app. In this case, your Resident card will not be necessary.

Where can I park for free?

You can park without charge, and without the need to obtain a ticket, outside of operating hours, normally between 20h00 and 08h00 on weekdays between Monday and Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays you will need to check the vertical signs beforehand. You can also park free-of-charge in loading and unloading spaces (areaDUM) outside of operating hours and in Blue spaces on week days from Monday to Friday between 14h00 and 16h00, as these are the hours during which most shops close for lunch.

What are the Exclusive AREA for Residents?

The zones identified as Exclusive AREA for Residents are zones that, due to their special characteristics, are exclusively used every day of the year by the residents authorized to park in that zone. In case of doubt, it is always necessary to consult the corresponding vertical signal.

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Move the map to see how spaces are distributed throughout the city: blue, green, residents-only and parking meters.

Who is deemed to be a resident for the purposes of AREA?

Link to download requirements for residency (Ordinance 3.12)

Requirements for residency

AREA residents are those who are registered as living in regulated zones and who have a vehicle with more than two wheels, which is not longer than 6 metres, has a maximum authorised weight of 3,500 kg and a maximum of nine seats for passengers.

Who can apply for a resident AREA card?

You must meet some of the following requirements:
You must either own or figure as the main driver in the insurance policy of a vehicle registered for IVTM (motor vehicle tax) in the city of Barcelona.
You must be the main driver in the insurance policy of a vehicle of the company in which work or maintain a commercial contract to provide services, in case of being freelancer.
You must be the main driver of a vehicle which has been rented or leased for more than three months, either in your name or on behalf of the company for which you work, or maintain a commercial contract to provide services, in case of being freelancer.

What is the AREA resident card used for?

The AREA resident card is used to park your vehicle as resident in Green Area spaces in your residential area, on paying the corresponding tariff using the means provided to do so (app ONaparcar residents or parking meter).
The AREA resident card is required to obtain the parking ticket issued by the parking meter (only the ticket need be displayed in the vehicle) or by app ONaparcar residents (it is not necessary be displayed in the vehicle). The resident’s parking ticket will show the license number of the vehicle as well as the resident’s zone and it identifies you as a resident of your zone.


  • The AREA resident card is essential for obtaining a resident's parking ticket by parking meter and parking in your Green Area. Always keep it with you if you know you are going to need it or if you are a regular user of the service.
  • I you are user of ONaparcar residents app it is not necessary keep your AREA resident card with you because the app recognizes your parking rights as a resident in your Green Area.
  • Keep it even if you are not using it. Your AREA resident card will allow you to obtain parking tickets while retaining your Green Area rights.
  • At the end of December, you can check your Resident's tariffs for the following year on this website.
  • Information about the procedure to obtain a daily ticket or for more days tickets by parking meter is shown here
  • Information about the procedure to obtain a daily ticket or for more days tickets by app ONaparcar residents is shown here.
  • If you have two or more vehicles, you will need to enter the corresponding license numbers (+ symbol) when obtaining the ticket by parking meter. Make sure that your license number is correctly shown on the ticket.
  • In case of use parking meter, display your ticket in your vehicle in a place that is clearly visible from the outside. No other type of identification is required. The ticket showing the license number and zone identifies you as a resident of that Green Area.
  • Remember that you can only park your vehicle for a maximum of seven natural days.
  • Please contact the AREA customer service office if your card is lost or stolen.
  • The card incorporates all your authorised vehicles and the applicable tariffs.
  • You must report any changes to your card details such as the registration and de-registration of vehicles, changes of address etc. Only then will it work with the new parameters. Most procedures can be completed easily through the virtual office of Barcelona City Council.

Which documents are required to ask for AREA resident card?

To see which documents are required to ask for AREA resident card, click here.

Applicable tariffs

In accordance with the regulations stipulated in Fiscal Ordinance 3.12, the normal rate or the free rate will apply depending on whether you have received a fine during the last year.
The terms regulating applicable tariffs are governed by Fiscal Ordinance 3.12, Article 7, paragraph 4.4:
"Those persons obligated to pay tariffs as residents who have not been sanctioned under the infractions established in the Ordinance governing the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles, as well as the Law governing travel, the circulation of motor vehicles and safety and the general regulations governing traffic or regulations that replace them, during the last 12 months, will be applied to them the bonus mentioned in the Annex (paragraph 3, section B) of this ordinance, only in their authorised parking zone, through the means enabled for this purpose. To this effect, annually during the month of October, checks will be performed to make sure that no fines have been issued for infractions during the last 12 months."

You must also have the status of being an AREA resident during the same time period. You can check your tariff here

Where can I complete residents formalities?

  • 24 hour website at Procedures section of this website
  • By telephone: 010
  • AREA Customer Service Office
    C. Calàbria, 66 - 08015 Barcelona
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 08h00 to 20h00