Downtown Residential Parking Permits

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Downtown Residential Parking

The City of Palo Alto is dedicated to preserving a neighborhood’s quality of life by ensuring adequate parking for neighborhood residents. Establishment of an RPP program can be seen as part of these initiatives, since it would better manage parking supplies and encourage commuters to use alternative modes of transportation.

Downtown Parking

The Downtown Palo Alto Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program requires all residents to have a permit to park on the street for more than 2 hours between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Friday. If you are a resident of the area, apply online to request a permit for your vehicles.

Downtown residents may request:

  • Up to 4 permits per residential unit (first permit is free of charge, up to three additional at $50 each)
  • Up to 2 transferable permits per residential unit ($50)
  • Up to 50 daily visitor permits ($5) per year

Residents creating new accounts will be required to upload proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license & Palo Alto utility bill, lease, or mortgage statement etc). Once the application has been approved, residents will be eligible for the following permits: adhesive long-term permit, long-term visitor hangtag, printable daily permit or daily visitor scratcher.


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  • Downtown Resolution
  • Admin Guidelines
  • User Agreement & Terms of Use
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