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, businesses, and 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 and are eligible to apply for a permit. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to view common RPPP questions and their answers.

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

Residential Parking Permit Sign Picture

Apply for a 2022-2023 Parking Permit

Click the orange "Submit an Online Application" button to apply for 2022-2023 permit sticker and/or visitor permit. A 2022-2023 permit sticker and/or visitor permit will be mailed to the resident after the application has been reviewed.

All blue RPPP permits stickers and visitor permits expired in 2021. All permit holders must request a new permit and visitor permit valid from January 2022 through December 2023.

Ready to Apply?

Before starting the application, check that you live within a designated RPPP permit areaSubmit an Online RPPP Application button Opens in new window and have the following items ready to upload:

  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 for each resident requesting a permit (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. The counter is closed from 12:00 PM -1:00 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 San Mateo 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 two hour parking limit will be enforced for any vehicles that don’t display a residential parking permit sticker or visitor permit.


At this time, there is no charge for permits. 

Permit Expiration 

Residential parking permits are valid for a two 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 Dec. 31, 2023.

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.   


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