Safe Parking Permit Applications

Published on April 09, 2021

What is Safe Parking?

Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 18.42.160 (Ordinance 5490) allows churches and religious institutions to operate safe parking programs within the city of Palo Alto. The safe parking programs provide interim assistance to households using vehicles as their residence by providing a safe place to park, access to restroom facilities, connection to social service programs, and other support to transition households into permanent, stable housing. Up to four vehicles may be parked at a Safe Parking lot.

For more information on Safe Parking, please see Ordinance 5490, the September 10, 2019 Policy and Services Committee Staff Report and the January 13, 2020 Council Staff Report.

Safe Parking Applications

1985 Louis Road - First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
Submitted: May 11, 2022

3373 Middlefield Road – Highway Community
Submitted: November 9, 2020
Approved: March 1, 2021

3391 Middlefield Road
Submitted: April 1, 2021

3505 Middlefield Road – Peninsula Bible Church
Submitted: November 9, 2020

505 E. Charleston Road – Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Submitted: February 25, 2021
Approved: May 12, 2021 

Community Meeting

July 12, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

The City of Palo Alto and First Congregational Church of Palo Alto held a Neighborhood Check‐In meeting to discuss the City’s tentative approval of a Safe Parking program that allows four (4) vehicles at 1985 Louis Road (First Congregational Church of Palo Alto), and to hear any neighbor comments. Representatives from the City of Palo Alto, FCCPA, and MOVE Mountain View (the non‐profit operating the safe parking facilities) answered questions about the site operations. Click here for a meeting recording. 

Safe Parking Application Process

All Safe Parking permit applications will be reviewed by Planning Staff for conformance with PAMC 18.42.160. An application form must be filled out, and the application must meet the Submittal Checklist requirements. Please visit the Online Permit Services webpage for information on how to submit an application online.

A decision on the application will be made as described in PAMC 18.42.160 (2), and may be appealed as described in PAMC 18.42.160(3)-(5):

How to File An Appeal: Should you or any other resident within 600 feet of the proposed safe parking location desire to file an appeal of the permit, please follow the steps below.

1. Potential appellants must fill out the City’s appeal form (, and email (1) the completed form along with (2) a letter stating their reasons for the appeal to the Manager of Current Planning ( and Planning Support Staff ( & within 14 days of the date the notice is mailed.

2. Staff will review the appeal for timeliness and completeness. They will contact you to collect the appeal fee, which is currently $610.50. The fee can be paid online. If the appeal fee is not paid within 5 calendar days of the request, the appeal will be considered withdrawn.

3. The appeal will be assigned to appropriate staff for next steps. The item will be placed on the City Council’s consent calendar. If passed on the consent calendar, the permit issuance will be upheld. If 3 members of the Council vote to remove the item from consent, another hearing will be scheduled.

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