Downtown Employer & Employee Parking

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Downtown Employer & Employee Parking

To help ease parking congestion, employers and employees in the designated Downtown RPP district must purchase permits to park on-street for more than 2 hours.

Downtown RPP District Parking

The Downtown Palo Alto Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program requires all employers and employees to have a permit to park on the street for more than 2 hours between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.


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Palo Alto Business Registry

Employers must complete the mandatory registration with the Palo Alto Business Registry to be eligible for RPP permits.

To learn more, please visit our Business Registry page.

Other Parking Options

Employees of businesses in the downtown parking assessment district may purchase annual permits for long-term parking in any of the off-street parking lots and garages. Parking permits are available for $750.00/year.

Transferable Permits are also available for select garages. Transferable permits are sold to one individual and can be used on multiple vehicles. Transferable permits are sold at a two-quarter maximum. Visit Revenue Collections on the Ground Floor of the Palo Alto Civic Center or call (650) 329-2252 for more information.

To learn more, please visit our Downtown Parking page.

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