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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.

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. 


Commercial Parking Update

Due to the public health emergency, parking restrictions in the Palo Alto commercial districts at University Ave. and California Ave. have been suspended since mid-March 2020. In accordance with the evolving response to Covid19 transmission risks, staff are pausing permit sales in the commercial districts.

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Parking Office Hours - Sunday, December 6th, 5pm

The Office of Transportation's Parking Office Hours continue on Sunday, December 6th, 2020. City staff and participants will discuss goals for Parking Office Hours in the New Year.

Join the Zoom Meeting at this link:

Time: Dec 6, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 962 9103 9668

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