Parking

Downtown Parking

The City of San Mateo has color-coded parking areas in and around the Downtown core to help determine the best place to park when enjoying, working in or just running an errand in the City. Visit the parking page for more details.

Residential Parking Permits 

Residential Parking Permits are issued for residents of neighborhoods whose parking is impacted by local traffic generators such as hospitals, business and high schools. The program aims at discouraging overflow parking on to residential streets. Neighborhoods with a residential parking permit program have 2-hour restricted permit parking signs posted.  

NOTE: Applications to add new program areas are currently on hold. 

Live In a Program Area? Parking, City of San Mateo

If you are in a program area and want to obtain a permit, complete a Residential Parking Permit Application, provide the vehicle  registration(s), proof of residency, and submit by either:

1. Mailing your application, a photocopy of your current DMV vehicle registration(s) and proof of residency (necessary only if the vehicle registration doesn’t show your current address) to the Public Works Department, Attn: Engineering, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403. Allow 1-2 weeks for processing and delivery.

 2. Faxing your application, a photocopy of your current DMV vehicle registration(s) and proof of residency (necessary only if the vehicle registration doesn’t show your current address) to (650) 522-7301. Allow 1-2 weeks for processing and delivery.

  3. Sending an email to smparkingprogram@cityofsanmateo.org. Please include attachments containing your application, a photocopy of your current DMV vehicle registration(s) and proof of residency (necessary only if the vehicle registration doesn't show your current address). Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing and delivery.

 4. Applying at the Public Works Department Counter at San Mateo City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave, San Mateo. Counter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please bring your completed application form, current DMV vehicle registration(s) and proof of residency (necessary only if the vehicle registration doesn't show your current address).

 Any vehicle registered to a property within a designated parking permit area is eligible for a parking permit sticker. Each household is also eligible for a transferable visitor hangtag. The 2 hour parking limit will be enforced for any vehicles that don’t display the required parking sticker or visitor hangtag. 

 Fees 

At this time, there is no charge for the permit. 

Permit Expiration 

Permits are valid for a 2-year cycle. Residential parking permit program participants will get a renewal notice prior to the expiration of the permit cycle. Current residential parking permits that have an expiration date of December 31, 2018 will be valid through June 30, 2019 while the City updates the RPPP Policy and Procedures. No permits need to be renewed at this time. Visit the Residential Parking Permit Program Update page for more information.

Interested in a Residential Parking Permit Program for Your Neighborhood? 

We sometimes receive requests from neighborhoods that feel their parking availability is limited due to overflow of parking from adjacent areas. To learn more about this program, please review the Residential Parking Permit Program policy document.   

As of December 2017, evaluation of new zones and zone expansions has been temporarily placed on hold while the City updates the RPPP Policy and Procedures. Applications for new RPPP zones and expansions of existing zones will be held and evaluated following the completion of the policy update. Permits for existing zones continue to be available as detailed above. Current residential parking permits that have an expiration date of December 31, 2018 will be valid through June 30, 2019. No permits need to be renewed at this time.

Please contact Sue-Ellen Atkinson with any questions at (650) 522-7288 or seatkinson@cityofsanmateo.org.