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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Enforcement of parking restrictions in select residential districts resumes October 15th (more info). Commercial restrictions will continue to be temporarily suspended, except for any parking concerns that present an immediate hazard.


 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, parking related news & updates, please scroll down to the accordion section below to select for 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.  

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. 


Parking Updates 11/6/2020

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Parking Updates 10/16/2020

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Parking Updates 10/1/20

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Resuming Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) restrictions on October 15, 2020; Commercial Parking remains unrestricted at this time

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