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PARKING IN PALO ALTO

The City of Palo Alto offers convenient parking options to residents, employees, and visitors through on-street parking, off-street parking lots, and parking garages.

Enforcement of parking regulations is conducted from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Enforcement is NOT in effect before and after those times and on weekends and holidays. Restricted areas such as red curbs, spaces designated for persons with disabilities, and any other locations prohibited by law are always in effect. Parking time limits are also enforced in signed two-hour on-street parking areas outside the Color Zone starting from the south side of Forest Avenue in the downtown area.

You may pay parking citations online. Click here to pay online.
The City of Palo Alto developed programs that give preferential use of on-street parking to residents. Learn more about Downtown residential parking, College Terrace residential parking, and Crescent Park residential parking.
Palo Alto Employers and employees may purchase permits to park on the street, or at any of the area off-street parking lots and garages. Learn more about Downtown employee parking and California Ave employee parking.
All day visitor parking permits are also available for all off-street parking lots and garages. Click here to learn more about Palo Alto visitor parking.
On-street bike and parking lanes:
  • On a five feet wide bike lane, parking is prohibited at all times.
  • On a seven to eight feet wide bike and parking lane, parking is prohibited from 7 AM to 7 PM all day.
  • On a twelve feet wide bike and parking lane, parking is allowed at all times.
  • You may pay parking citations online, as well as by mail or in person.
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Parking:

  • Parking is prohibited within 15 feet on either side of a fire hydrant as per California vehicle code.
  • Parking is prohibited in a wheelchair parking space and the access space next to it unless the parked vehicle displays the placard issued by the DMV.
  • Several motorcycle parking spaces are available in Downtown Business district where you may park for free for up to an entire day.

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DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL PREFERENTIAL PARKING [RPP]

The City of Palo Alto offers Residential Preferential Parking Programs designed to help preserve the integrity of residential neighborhoods. Through these programs, residents are given preferential use of on-street parking.

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