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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Enforcement of parking restrictions has been temporarily suspended, in commercial and residential districts, except for any parking concerns that present an immediate hazard More Information

Uplift Local & Public Parking

 Portions of University Avenue and California Avenue will continue to be closed to through traffic to support in-street dining and retail experiences as part of the Uplift Local program.

While local Downtown and Cal Ave. visitors & employees are encouraged to walk & bike, any visitors arriving by automobile are encouraged to Park Free at the City’s public garages and surface lots. Time restrictions, fees and permit requirements are currently waived. Staff request that local business staff and employees attempt to use the remoter parts of local garages to prioritize commercial curb space for pickup/dropoff, and loading/unloading.

Parking staff will be tracking parking occupancy in nearby Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) districts to ensure residential neighbors are not severely impacted by Uplift Local parking. 

Parking in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto offers convenient parking options to residents, employees, and visitors through on-street parking, off-street parking lots, and parking garages. To pay a citation, learn about our residential preferential or employee parking programs, where to park for any visit, or anything else related to Palo Alto Parking, please select from below.

Please Note: Restricted areas such as red curbs, spaces designated for persons with disabilities, and any other locations prohibited by law are always in effect. 


College Terrace RPPP permits available online 9/1/2020

College Terrace Residential Preferential Parking Program (RPPP) permits are now available online (accessible on Tuesday, September 1, 2020).

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Important Update on Spring 2020 RPP Program Renewals

Preferential Parking (RPP) Program transactions can be serviced online by creating or accessing your account at The public...

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Important Update: COVID-19 Info

The Santa Clara County Health Department was joined by various other Bay Area county health departments in issuing a legal...

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