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Where can I get information about obtaining a monthly parking lot permit or a permit to park in either of the commuter lots?

You may apply for a permit online here or contact the office for an appointment at (805) 564-5656, Option 3.

For more information please go to Monthly Parking Permits .

What is the Resident Permit Parking (RPP) 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.

How can I get a Residential Parking Permit?

You may apply online for a Residential Parking Permit here or contact the office for an appointment at (805) 564-5656, Option 3.  Please be prepared to provide the following documents:

  1. Your rental or lease agreement, or proof of home ownership.
  2. Current CA vehicle Registration
  3. A current piece of official mail, such as a water bill or electric bill with your name and address on it.

What does it mean if I live in a Permit Parking Area (PPA)?

Living in a PPA 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/Residential Parking 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 $35 each and are valid for one year from the area's renewal date.

What factors do city staff and Council consider when deciding whether to expand a Permit Parking Area (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.

Where can I get information about payment of a fee I incurred in one of the City’s paid parking lots and can I pay bills over the phone?

Please contact the Downtown Parking Office at (805) 564-5656, Option 2. 
You may make payment over the phone by credit card, or pay by check, cash, or credit card at the Parking Office located at 1221 Anacapa Street.

Can I contest a parking bill?

To contest a violation bill, write a statement on the bill explaining why you are contesting it.  Retain a copy for your records and return the statement with any back-up documentation in the envelope provided.  

Where can I get information about an on-street parking citation?

Please visit the Police Department website here:  

Where can I safely park my bicycle in the downtown area?

The City offers a commuter bicycle facility in the Granada Garage. Please go to the Downtown Parking Office at 1221 Anacapa Street for more information and to sign up, or apply online here.

Last Updated: Apr 2, 2014
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