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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 (effective at least until the end of August) More Information
Summer Streets & 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 Summer Streets 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 for the entirety of the Summer Streets program (at least through Labor Day).
Parking staff will be tracking parking occupancy in nearby Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) districts to ensure residential neighbors are not severely impacted by Summer Streets 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.