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WHAT IS THE RESIDENT PERMIT PARKING PROGRAM?            

The City’s Resident Permit Parking (RPP) Program is a tool that the City uses to manage the parking needs of residents in mixed-use areas.  The RPP Program preserves the availability of on-street parking for residents of older dwellings in areas where parking may be affected by nearby commercial, educational, or recreational uses.  The RPP Program establishes parking restrictions on certain blocks located in designated Permit Parking Areas (PPAs) and provides an exemption for full-time residents of eligible addresses who purchase permits.  It is governed by Chapter 10.46 of the Municipal Code, which outlines the process and requirements for establishing PPAs and posting permit parking restrictions, in addition to specifying the rules and regulations for parking permit use and eligibility. 

 

WHAT IS A PERMIT PARKING AREA?

A Permit Parking Area (PPA) is an area that has been designated by City Council as eligible to participate in the RPP Program.  The City is only authorized to post resident parking restrictions in designated PPAs, and only PPA residents are eligible to purchase Resident and Visitor Parking Permits.

 

WHAT FACTORS DO CITY STAFF AND COUNCIL CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING WHETHER TO EXPAND A PPA?

 When deciding whether to support or approve establishment or expansion of a PPA, City Council and staff consider the following:

  • The extent to which residents desire permit parking.  This is evaluated based on the resident petition and public comment process.

  • The cause of any parking congestion in the proposed PPA. 

    • Staff must be able to identify a non-resident source of parking impacts, such as nearby businesses, schools, industries, etc. 

    • The RPP program is not effective in alleviating parking congestion in areas where impacts are caused solely by residential uses.

  • The extent to which residents need permit parking, based on the findings of the parking study.  Generally, parking is considered impacted when:

    • Parking occupancy during peak hours exceeds 80%;

    • Occupancy exceeds 75% for periods exceeding 8 continuous hours; and

    • Parking congestion exists for a minimum of 5 contiguous blocks.

  • The feasibility of enforcing permit parking regulations in the proposed area.

    • At this time, the City is unable to enforce permit parking restrictions after 6 PM. 

  • The size and configuration of the proposed PPA.  The City evaluates and addresses parking needs on a neighborhood-wide basis.  Requests for new or expanded PPAs must be made at the neighborhood scale.  Requests will not be considered on a block-by-block basis.

  • Potential impacts on parking and traffic congestion in the proposed area and in adjacent areas.

  • Whether there are other, more effective solutions to a parking problem.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF I LIVE IN PERMIT PARKING AREA M?

Living in Area M means that you may request Resident Permit Parking restrictions be posted on your block and you are eligible to purchase Resident and Visitor Parking Permits.

Blocks that are located in a PPA are eligible to have Resident Permit Parking restrictions posted, provided at least 70% of residents support posting and a study indicates a shortage of parking due to impacts from commuter students. 

Inclusion in a PPA does NOT mean that permit parking restrictions will be posted on any particular block.  The PPA designation only means that a block is eligible to request permit parking signs.  Only blocks where residents have requested permit parking will have those restrictions posted.  

Residents of a PPA are eligible to purchase permits enabling them to park on the street where No Parking/Area M Permit Exempt signs are posted.  There is a limit of three (3) vehicle-assigned Resident Permits and one (1) transferrable Visitor Permit per legal dwelling unit, per year.  Permits cost $20 each and are valid for one year beginning August 31st.

 

WHAT KINDS OF PARKING RESTRICTIONS CAN BE POSTED?

In Area M, the Transportation Engineer is authorized to post “RESIDENT PARKING ONLY 8 AM – 4 PM SCHOOL DAYS” signage.

 

WHEN IS PERMIT PARKING ENFORCED? 

In Area M, permit parking is enforced from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on school days.  Permit parking is not enforced during evenings, weekends, or school holidays (including Christmas, spring, and summer breaks).

 

HOW MUCH DO PARKING PERMITS COST?

Each parking permit costs $20 per year.  In Area M, all permits expire on August 31st every year.

 

HOW MANY PARKING PERMITS CAN I PURCHASE?

Residents may purchase a maximum of three (3) vehicle-assigned Resident Permit stickers and one (1) transferrable Visitor Parking placard per legal dwelling unit each year.

CAN I PURCHASE ADDITIONAL VISITOR PERMITS INSTEAD OF RESIDENT STICKERS?

No.  Only one Visitor Permit may be issued at a dwelling unit each year.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE ON-STREET PARKING PERMITS?

 

To be eligible to purchase Resident or Visitor Parking Permits, you must satisfy ALL of the following requirements:

  • Reside full-time in a legal dwelling unit in Permit Parking Area M.

  • Provide two forms of proof-of-residence:

    • A signed lease or rental agreement OR a completed Resident Verification Form OR a recent property tax bill, mortgage bill, or similar showing home ownership, AND

    • A recent piece of official mail (such as a utility bill, credit card bill, phone bill, or bank statement) showing the permit applicant’s name and a mailing address at the applicant’s residence (no PO boxes!).

  • For Resident Permits: provide a copy of current California registration for each vehicle for which you wish to receive permits.

 

Permits will NOT be issued to:

  • Property owners or landlords who do not reside full-time at an eligible address.

  • Property managers.

  • Owners or occupants of vacation or short-term rentals.

  • Any one person at more than one address.

  • Business entities.

  • Business addresses or addresses used primarily for commercial purposes.

 

CAN I USE A RESIDENT OR VISITOR PERMIT TO PARK MY VEHICLE ON THE STREET?

Parking permits may only be used on passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pick-up trucks, and vans of ¾ ton capacity or less that are used primarily for personal transportation.

 

Resident and Visitor Parking Permits are NOT VALID on:

  • Trucks over ¾ ton capacity. 
  • Vehicles longer than 22 feet.

  • Vehicles higher than 7 feet 6 inches.

  • Busses.

  • Detached trailers.

  • Recreational motor homes or camper vans.

  • Vehicles not licensed to travel on public roads.

  • Vehicles not registered in California.

  • Vehicles with expired registration.

  • Vehicles used primarily for commercial purposes, such as taxis, limousines, tour busses or vans, and delivery vans.

 

ONCE MY BLOCK IS PART OF AREA M, HOW DO I GET PERMIT PARKING SIGNS POSTED?  

Submit a petition signed by residents of 70% of the dwellings on your block (Downtown Parking staff can provide you with petition materials).  City staff will verify the signatures and conduct a parking study to determine whether commuter student parking is impacting parking availability for residents.  Generally, staff considers parking impacted when more than 80% of on-street spaces are occupied during the hours of parking enforcement.  Please note that permit parking restrictions will only be posted in response to impacts caused by commuter student parking, and only when commuter student parking is observed to displace residents.  The City will not post parking restrictions solely in response to concerns about noise, traffic, beach/park goers, strangers in your neighborhood, etc.

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT PERMIT PARKING ON MY STREET?

Do not request it!  The RPP Program is resident-driven.  The City will not consider a request to post permit parking signs unless we receive a petition signed by residents of 70% of the dwellings on a block.  We will not post permit parking signs on your block unless a large majority of residents want us to, AND we have verified that commuter students are impacting parking availability.

 

If you already have permit parking on your street and want to get rid of it, simply submit a petition signed by residents of 70% of the homes on your block.  We will happily remove the permit parking signs if residents no longer want them.

 

DRIVERS ARE SPEEDING ON MY STREET/STRANGERS ARE PARKING ON MY BLOCK/PEOPLE ARE THROWING TRASH IN MY LAWN/MY NEIGHBOR PARKS HIS RV IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE/ETC.  CAN I GET PERMIT PARKING ON MY STREET?

 

Not unless a parking study shows that commuter students are having significant impacts on the availability of parking on your street.  The RPP Program was designed to manage on-street parking needs and can only be used to address parking problems.  Unfortunately, it cannot be used to enforce good neighborly behavior.


Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016