Old Palo Alto Residential Parking Permits

Due to the public health emergency, the Old Palo Alto RPP district has operated inconsistently since March 2020. To preserve the value of your purchase, existing permit term expiration dates have been extended to April 30, 2021.   

To maintain neighborhood parking availability for residents the City will resume full-time RPP parking enforcement on May 3, 2021, at 8:00 AM.  

If you are a resident of the area and interested in a parking permit, visit this link for the permitting website. For additional help, consult this Step by Step Duncan Permit Purchasing Guide. Or check out this FAQ. On occasion, permit emails will be directed to your spam/junk folder. Please check this folder if you do not receive a message in your inbox. For technical or fulfillment issues, please contact our permit vendor for assistance. You can reach Duncan Solutions at 866-210-2417; please listen very carefully to the full list of menu options to reach the phone tree's permit section. You can also email Duncan at Onlineissues@DuncanSolutions.com.   

 Permit Prices for Residents  

  • One-Year Hangtags: $50.00 each (max of 5) 

  • One-Day Hangtag: $5.00 each (max. of 50) 

 To fully utilize the online system, we ask Old Palo Alto RPP participants to review the instructions to apply for a permit/s:

Visit https://duncan.imageenforcement.com/PermitSites/PaloAltoPermits and create an account with the required information

  1.  Secure your login credentials by email
  2.  Enter vehicle information
  3.  Order your permits - Online permit renewal for residents will begin the following year
  4.  Customer will be charged a service fee for each permit
  5.  Submit program eligibility documentation
  6.  If applicable, pay for permits
  7.  Monitor inbox for order confirmation 

    On occasion, emails from the permit vendor will be directed to your spam/junk folder. Please check this folder if you do not receive a message in your inbox. Once your purchase is complete, the payment receipt (email) will serve as a temporary permit, valid 30 days after purchase. Please print and fully display, face-up until your order arrives by mail. Old Palo Alto RPP Permits are processed and shipped out of state, and we recommend ordering your permits in advance to avoid shipping delays.   

    For technical or fulfillment issues, please contact our permit vendor for assistance. You can reach Duncan Solutions between 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST by calling 866-210-2417; please listen very carefully to the full list of menu options to reach the phone tree's permit section. You can also email Duncan at Onlineissues@DuncanSolutions.com.   

    If you have general questions on the RPP program, please contact the Office of Transportation by calling 650-329-2520 or email Transportation@CityofPaloAlto.org

    The Old Palo Alto Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program requires all residents to have a permit to park on the street for more than 2 hours between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

    Old Palo Alto residents may request:

    • Up to 5 transferable permits per residential unit ($50 each)
    • Up to 50 daily visitor permits ($5 each) per year

    Residents creating new accounts will be required to upload proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license & Palo Alto utility bill, lease, or mortgage statement etc). Once the application has been approved, residents will be eligible for the following permits: long-term hangtag permit, printable daily permit or daily visitor scratcher.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I park for more than 2 hours with no permit?

    No. Parking in the Old Palo Alto RPP Program Area without a permit for longer than two hours will result in a citation.

    How do I get an RPP permit?

    If you are a resident of the area, contact the Office of Transportation by email at Transportation@CityofPaloAlto.org.

    How much are resident permits?

    Old Palo Alto Residents can purchase up to 5 permits per household for $50 each.

    I'm a resident. Why do I need to pay for a permit?

    The City Council Resolution explains the process and reasoning behind the Evergreen Park-Mayfield RPP Program.

    Where are permits displayed on vehicles?

    Hangtags or scratchers must be hung from the rearview mirror with the permit information visible from the exterior of the vehicle. Note – Hanging your permit incorrectly shall invalidate your parking exemption.

    What are Old Palo Alto RPP regulation days and times?

    The parking restrictions are enforced Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (City holidays are exempt). Refer to the City calendar for observed holidays.

    Where can residents park with a permit?

    Resident Parking Permits are valid anywhere with posted Old Palo Alto RPP parking restrictions, not including other RPP areas, City lots and garages, or two-hour parking in the California Avenue Business District.

    Where do my guests park?

    Guests may park on street for less than 2 hours with no permit. There is no re-parking within the same zone once the two hours have elapsed.

    Who provides enforcement?

    Serco, Inc. has been contracted by the City to provide enforcement services for the Old Palo Alto RPP Program. Serco, Inc. employees wear uniforms with identification, and you may see them walking, biking, or driving throughout the Old Palo Alto RPP Program area.

    Are the regulations enforced on holidays?

    No, parking restrictions are not enforced on regular City holidays or on weekends. Refer to the City calendar for observed holidays.

    How do I get a refund for my permit?

    Refunds are issued for annual permits only. A refund of the unused portion will be given only through the third quarter prorated at the quarterly rate. Remove the permit from your vehicle (pieces are accepted) and send via US mail with the information of the party to receive the refund to Revenue Collections, Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301. Refunds are calculated from the date the permit is surrendered to Revenue Collections.

    I got an RPP citation. What do I do?

    Follow the instructions on the RPP citation to pay or appeal the citation. If you do not have the instructions available, call 650-814-4501 for assistance.