Old Palo Alto Residential Parking Permits

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IMPORTANT PROGRAM UPDATES: OCTOBER 2020

Old Palo Alto RPP Program

The Old 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 5 PM, Monday through Friday. If you are a resident of the area, apply online to request a permit for your vehicles. (View Map)

Old Palo Alto Residential Parking

The Old 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 5 PM, Monday through Friday. If you are a resident of the area and interested in a parking permit, contact the Office of Transportation by email atTransportation@CityofPaloAlto.org.

Old Palo Alto residents may request:

  • Up to 5 transferable permits per residential unit ($50 each)
  • Up to 50 daily visitor permits ($5 each) 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: long-term hangtag permit, printable daily permit or daily visitor scratcher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I park for more than 2 hours with no permit?

  • No. Parking in the Old Palo Alto RPP Program Area without a permit for longer than two hours will result in a citation.

How do I get an RPP permit?

How much are resident permits?

  • Old Palo Alto Residents can purchase up to 5 permits per household for $50 each.

I’m a resident. Why do I need to pay for a permit?

Where are permits displayed on vehicles?

  • Hangtags or scratchers must be hung from the rearview mirror with the permit information visible from the exterior of the vehicle. Note – Hanging your permit incorrectly shall invalidate your parking exemption.

What are Old Palo Alto RPP regulation days and times?

  • The parking restrictions are enforced Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (City holidays are exempt). Refer to the City calendar for observed holidays.

Where can residents park with a permit?

  • Resident Parking Permits are valid anywhere with posted Old Palo Alto RPP parking restrictions, not including other RPP areas, City lots and garages, or two-hour parking in the California Avenue Business District.

Where do my guests park?

  • Guests may park on street for less than 2 hours with no permit. There is no re-parking within the same district once the two hours have elapsed.

Who provides enforcement?

  • Serco, Inc. has been contracted by the City to provide enforcement services for the Old Palo Alto RPP Program. Serco, Inc. employees wear uniforms with identification, and you may see them walking, biking, or driving throughout the Old Palo Alto RPP Program area.

Are the regulations enforced on holidays?

  • No, parking restrictions are not enforced on regular City holidays or on weekends. Refer to the City calendar for observed holidays. 

How do I get a refund for my Annual Resident Parking Permit?

  • Refunds are issued for annual permits only. A refund of the unused portion will be given only through the third quarter prorated at the quarterly rate. Remove the permit from your vehicle (pieces are accepted) and send via US mail with the information of the party to receive the refund to Revenue Collections, Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301. Refunds are calculated from the date the permit is surrendered to Revenue Collections.

I got an RPP citation. What do I do?

  • Follow the instructions on the RPP citation to pay or appeal the citation. If you do not have the instructions available, call 650-814-4501 for assistance.