Permit Parking

Enact permit parking to limit the number of users who may park in particular locations, typically in residential areas.


Program permit parking to limit who may park in certain areas with limited parking supply. These approaches are typically designed to target workers, neighborhood residents, or regular users of a certain attraction or use.

  • Create a permit parking program to address spillover issues, where areas of high parking demand may spill into nearby residential areas.
  • Design the permit program to be either free or paid by permit holders, depending on the purpose to be achieved by permit parking.
  • Issue permits annually, monthly, or for special occasions depending on the purpose.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of a parking limit sign mounted on pole
Permit Parking - Horace Mann Neighborhood, San José, CA