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Last Updated: Apr 30, 2017

Downtown Residential Preferential Parking Program (RPP)

Thank you for visiting the RPP (Residential Preferential Parking) website.  We will be updating this page with important program information.


New!  RPP permits are now available!

Please visit
www.cityofpaloalto.org/Parking to create your account and request/purchase a permit. Permits are available through this website only.


Downtown RPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)



Thank you to those who attended the RPP Community meeting on August 4th. For those who were not able to attend, the information provided is available here: 

    • Presentation 
    • Handout



RPP Petition Process for Neighborhoods

If you live in a neighborhood outside of the Downtown and are interested in petitioning to be considered for an RPP District, please download petition form
here and send to the Transportation Division at Transportation@CityofPaloAlto.org.


RPP Background and Overview


For the Citywide RPP Ordinance, approved by Council on December 2, please click here.  For the Downtown RPP Resolution, please click here.  For the draft RPP Administrative Guidelines, please click here.

Jessica Sullivan, the City’s Transportation Planning Manager, describing the genesis of the RPP program; in addition, the video offers perspectives from a resident and a business leader who were also involved in the development of the program.






Summary:

Phase One: 6 Months

  • The City will sell unlimited permits to Downtown employees; low-wage employees will be eligible for reduced-cost permits ($100 annually).
  • The City will collect data on the number of employees purchasing permits as well as the resulting parking occupancy within the neighborhoods.
  • Both residents and employees with valid permits can park anywhere within the proposed District boundary.
  • Residents will get permits for free.
  • All permits sold within Phase 1 would expire at the end of the 6 month period.

Phase Two: 12+ Months

  • The City may limit employee permit sales based on data collected in Phase 1
  • The City will sell up to 4 permits per residential address at $50 each; the first one will be free of charge.
  • Residents with valid permits would be allowed to park anywhere within the District, while permits for Downtown employees will be designed as to disperse employee parking throughout the District area.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017