Palo Alto Parking Updates

Published on September 30, 2021

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Enforcement of Commercial and Residential Parking Restrictions Resumes Oct. 1, 2021

On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, enforcement of citywide on-street and off-street parking restrictions in commercial and residential districts resumes, including all RPP areas. All vehicles without valid permits will be subject to tickets/citations. The Palo Alto Police Department will also ticket any vehicle parked in such a way as to present an immediate hazard.

Although enforcement on permit restrictions had been paused since March 2020 due to the Shelter in Place orders, enforcement for issues like parking during street-sweeping, blocking fire hydrants and red curbs, were—and are—always in effect.

Parking Action Plan Development & Ways to Provide Input

Staff continues to seek community input to help inform the development of the City's Parking Action Plan. Staff is seeking feedback from a broad range of stakeholders including residents, employees, businesses and visitors.

Next community engagement opportunities:

  • Parking Office Hours
  • City Council: Municipal Code Virtual Permitting Revisions - Monday, Oct. 4 @ 5 p.m.
  • Finance Committee: Parking Management and Pricing Policy Adjustments - Tuesday, Oct. 5 @ 6 p.m.
  • City Council: Parking Management and Pricing Policy Adjustments - Monday, Oct. 18 @ 5 p.m.

The Parking Action Plan is intended to increase parking policy awareness of current parking efforts underway and inform about changes being considered. The plan will also advance a data-driven approach to parking policy changes and incorporate customer and stakeholder experiences of parking and transportation issues.

Ongoing Ways to Stay Engaged on Parking Related Issues

The City offers several ways to stay informed on parking issues.

  • Parking Office Hours: Join a monthly opportunity for the community to engage with staff, ask questions and gain important updates on parking items. Register online at Parking Office Hours.
  • Email List Sign-Up: Sign-up to stay up to date on other meetings and check-in points.
  • Request a Focus Group Discussion: Focus group meetings and customer surveys are an important way for staff to hear about your specific parking challenges or concerns. Contact to request a meeting.


Learn more about Palo Alto Parking programs.

Sign up for Parking Operations and Planning Update

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