Parking is provided for visitors and customers in the Downtown Business District and California Avenue Business District on the street, in offstreet parking lots and in parking garages.
Enforcement of parking regulations is conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enforcement is NOT in effect before and after those times and on weekends and holidays. Restricted areas such as red curbs, spaces designated for persons with disabilities and any other locations prohibited by law are always in effect. Parking time limits are also enforced in signed two-hour onstreet parking areas outside the Color Zone starting from the south side of Forest Avenue in downtown area.
Color Zone Parking
The core business district of downtown Palo Alto is divided into four color-coded parking zones:
Example: You park in a 2-hour space on the street in the Lime Zone at noon. (You may repark within the Lime Zone only during your initial two hours should you need to.) However, if you leave before the 2 hours are up, you cannot repark later that same day. Your car must leave the Lime Zone by 2 p.m. You may park in any other Color Zone except the Lime Zone, which you are now leaving.
Thirty-minute green parking zones, yellow commercial loading zones, white passenger loading zones and blue disability designated spaces are exempt from the color zone reparking requirement.
All Day Visitor Parking
Visitors may purchase a one-day permit. Permits are valid in all off-street parking lots and garages. All-day permits are not valid for on-street parking spaces.
Construction worker vehicles require a special on-street parking permit that can be purchased at the City of Palo Alto Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue and the cost for this permit is $76.00/space per week.
Permit Parking for Employers and Employees
Downtown Business District
Employees of businesses in the downtown parking assessment district may purchase quarterly or annual permits for long-term parking in any of the nine off-street parking lots and garages. Parking permits are issued for these locations and are $466.00/year, $146.50/quarter or $17.50/day:
and the following surface lots
Transferable Permits are also available for the following garages: Webster Cowper (WC), Bryant Lytton (SL), and Civic Center (CC). Transferable permits are sold to one individual and can be used on multiple vehicles. Transferable permits are sold at a two-quarter maximum. Visit Revenue Collections on the first floor of the Palo Alto Civic Center or call (650) 329-2252 for more information.
Downtown Business/Community Forum-August 28, 2011
California Business District :
Employees of businesses in the California Business District may purchase quarterly or annual permits for long-term parking in any of the seven off street parking lots and garages. Parking permits are issued for these locations and are $149.00/year, $49.00/quarter or $8.00/day. Transferable permits are also available.
Lot 3- Cambridge W/Garage
Lot 5- Cambridge E/Garage
and the following surface lots
Lot 1- Cambridge/Park
Lot 2- Cambridge/Birch
Lot 4- Cambridge/Birch
Lot 6- Sherman/Park
Lot 7- Sherman/Birch
Lot 8- Sherman/Ash
Lot 9- Birch/Cambridge
California Business District Forum-August 27, 2011
On-street bike and parking lanes: