PARKING FOR VISITORS

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ALL DAY VISITOR PARKING [Frequently Asked Questions]

Visitors may purchase a one-day permit. Permits are valid in all off-street parking lots and garages. All-day permits are not valid for on-street parking spaces.

  • All day permits may be purchased at Palo Alto Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue on the Ground Floor at Revenue Collections, or the first level of the Bryant/Lytton and Cowper/Webster garages.
  • The cost is $25.00/day for downtown and California Avenue business district. Day permits for the California Business District may only be purchased at the Civic Center, Revenue Collections at this time.

Construction worker vehicles require a special on-street parking permit that can be purchased at the City of Palo Alto Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue and the cost for this permit is $25.00/space per day.

VISITOR PARKING FAQS

There are a number of parking options in Palo Alto for visitors, including the following:

  • Park off-street in garages or lots. Most will allow you to park free of charge for 2 to 3 hours (check signage in the garage/lot)
  • If you’re parking for a longer period of time in a garage, purchase a daily parking permit at the Cowper/Webster garage, the Bryant/Lytton garage, or Revenue Collections in City Hall
  • Park on-street for up to 2 hours in the color zone or RPP district: [MAP]
Daily permits can only be used on the specified date.
Anyone may park in the RPP district for up to 2 hours without a permit. If you’ll be visiting longer, you may obtain a visitor daily scratcher from the resident to use while parking on-street.

If you are a recurrent visitor (such as a caretaker, nanny, etc.), each resident may purchase long-term visitor passes for your use.

ALL DAY VISITOR PARKING

Planning to spend the entire day in the city? Save yourself the hassle of moving your vehicle. Visitors to the Downtown Business District and California Avenue Business District can purchase an all-day parking permit for all off-street parking lots and garages.