Residential Parking Permit Program

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. Check the RPPP map to see if you live in a program area. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to view common RPPP questions and their answers.

Council adopted the Residential Parking Permit Program Policy and Procedures on September 16, 2019. For more information on the update process, visit the Residential Parking Permit Program Update page.

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

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  1. Apply for a Permit (2020-2021)
  2. Renew 2018-2019 Permits

Apply for a 2020-2021 Parking Permit

Submit an online application by selecting the orange button on the right. Residents in anSubmit an Online RPPP Application button Opens in new window
existing RPPP program area must have the following items ready to upload.
Download our How-To Guide for assistance completing the online application.

  1. An email address*
  2. A current DMV driver’s license for each resident requesting a permit
  3. A current DMV vehicle registration for each vehicle
  4. Proof of residency in a parking permit area (required only if the address on the driver’s license and/or vehicle registration is not located in a parking permit area). Acceptable proof of residency includes a utility bill, lease agreement, car insurance policy, or preprinted personal check with applicant’s name and address.
  5. Additional documents required for a company car, leased car, and/or caregivers (see additional instructions in RPPP Policy)

*Applicants without an email address must apply at the Public Works Department Counter at San Mateo City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave, San Mateo. Counter hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Applicants must bring all required documents (hard-copy or downloaded on to a USB drive) to apply at the counter.

** Residents are encouraged to apply for permits from home or on a smartphone or tablet. Those who do not have an email address and/or internet access, or who prefer assistance, can apply in-person at City Hall. Permits will be mailed to applicants.**

Visitor Parking Permits

Visitor permits are limited to one visitor permit per household and are valid for the same two calendar years as a residential parking permit. The 2 hour parking limit will be enforced for any vehicles that don’t display a residential parking permit sticker or visitor hang tag permit.


At this time, there is no charge for permits. 

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 permit stickers and visitor permits are valid through December 31, 2021.

Interested in a Residential Parking Permit Program for Your Street or Neighborhood? 

Residents interested in expanding an existing program area or adding a new residential parking permit program areas must submit a Residential Parking Permit Program Request Form. The procedures for expanding or adding a new program area are outlined on pages 8, 9 and 10 of the Residential Parking Permit Program Policy.   

At this time, we are accepting and reviewing applications for expansion or modification of an existing program area. Parking occupancy studies will be completed once emergency health orders are lifted.


Visit the Frequently Asked RPPP Questions page or contact Nicolette Chan at (650) 522-7326 or