Monthly Downtown Parking Permits

Monthly downtown parking permits are available to business owners, employees, and residents who require all-day parking. A parking permit allows a vehicle to park all-day in a designated city-owned parking garage or lot. By purchasing a permit, the permit holder agrees to follow the San Mateo Parking Permit Rules and Regulations.

Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis and does not guarantee the permit holder a parking space. Permits are valid Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and may not be used for overnight parking or long-term storage of vehicles.

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Call Parkmobile at 1-855-768-4152.

Facilities, Prices, and Parking Locations

Parking Facility
Cost per month
Location of 10-hour Spaces
$100 Mezzanine Level, Second and Third Floors
Main Garage (Second and Main) $65 Second, Third, and Fourth Floors
Kinkos Lot (Fourth and Claremont) $40 Any parking space
South Railroad Avenue (Fifth to Ninth Avenues) $40 Any parking space on South Railroad from Fifth to Ninth avenues
Tennis Court Garage (Fifth and Central Park) $65 Space numbers 49 to 122
Transit Center Garage (First and Main) $65 Surface lot or basement level
Worker's Resource Lot (Fifth and Claremont) $40 Any parking space
Second and El Camino Garage $65

Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Floors

Apply for a Downtown Parking Permit

Select the orange "Log-in/Register" button at the top of this page. Once the webpage loads, select "Please register here" on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions. You will receive confirmation of your account and a temporary password. An email will be sent to confirm your registration. Click on the provided link to login to your dashboard. 

Returning users can select the orange "Log-in/Register" button at the top of this page to sign-in. From there you can manage your account, change your password, change your license plate number, enter credit card information, and purchase another permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase a permit?

Select the orange "Log-in/Register" button at the top of this page and sign in to your account. Select "Apply for Permit" from the left-hand menu. On the next screen select the garage of your choice, opt to auto-renew or not, and enter your license plate number to register your vehicle. Click continue. Review your order, click continue again, and check-out. 

Follow this Step-by-Step guide for assistance with purchasing a permit.

How much does a permit cost?

See above table for pricing.

Where do permit holders park?

Permits are valid at 10-hour parking spaces only. See table above for locations of 10-hour spaces. For a complete list of city-owned parking facilities, visit the City-Owned Parking Facilities page.

Can I park my vehicle overnight if I have a monthly permit?

No long term storage of vehicles is permitted in any city-owned parking facilities. The City’s garages and lots are closed from 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM.

Can I opt to renew my monthly permit?

Yes, select auto renew, and opt to autopay on this screen. You will be prompted to enter in credit card information and submit payment.

How do I retrieve my permit?

After submitting payment, click “Home” under the San Mateo Parking logo. Your active permit will be displayed, and you will receive an email containing the hang tag to print and display in your vehicle.

How do I find, pay, or appeal a parking ticket?

If you received a parking citation while parked in the City of San Mateo, go to this website to find, pay, or appeal the parking ticket.

How do I change the license plate number tied to my permit?

Select the orange "Log-in/Register" button at the top of this page and sign in to your account. Click the number shown in bold under the ’Permit ID’ column. If you’ve navigated away form the home page, hover over ’My Permits’ and click ’Overview’. Click the number shown in bold print under the ’Permit ID’ column. Next, click ’Vehicle change request’. Enter the new license plate number in the ’License Plate Number’ field and choose the state in which the license plate is registered from the drop-down menu. Then, click ’Save’. Review the confirmation details before clicking ’Continue’. Finally, print your updated permit.

How do I register as a company?

After you create an account, you will be asked to select private individual or company. By selecting company, you can associate a company name with the account.

I am a company administrator. Can I manage multiple permit holders using one account?

No, it is not possible to manage multiple permit holders under one account. You will have to create an individual account for each permit holder.

Have more questions or need help with your account? Call Parkmobile at 1-855-768-4152.