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Permit Parking

Monthly Garage Parking

Permit parking is offered in the following garages (based on space availability): Downtown East Garage, Downtown West Garage and Cannery Row Garage. All garages utilize a parking access card for entrance and exit. There is an initial $5.00 refundable deposit for the access card. There is a $5.00 replacement fee for any lost or damaged access cards.

Payment is due the first of each month. Permit will be deactivated two business days after the first of each month if payment is not received. There is a $5.00 reactivation fee. There is a discount for quarterly and annual permits. Customers who do not have their access card upon entering the garage will be subject to paying the daily rate for that garage.

Monthly Surface Lot Parking

Permit parking is offered in the following surface lots (based on space availability): Lot B, Lot 4, Lot 6, Lot 8, Lot 14, Lot 18, Lot 21, Depot Lot and Waterfront Lot. Surface lot parking utilizes a paper permit system. There is a discount for quarterly and annual permits. Permits must be displayed in the vehicle driver side dash when parked in the lot or vehicle will be subject to a citation. A replacement fee of $10.00 will be charged for lost or stolen paper permits. (Res. 94-84)

Payment is due prior to the first of each month. There is no grace period.

$ Permit Rates

Renew Permits Online!

The Parking Division now accepts online credit card payments to renew your parking permit. You will need your account number, which is located on your invoice, to register. Permits renewed online must be renewed by the last calendar day of the month.

Payments received after the grace period for Downtown East Garage, Downtown West Garage and Cannery Row Garage will not be renewed. Please call the Parking Division Office, (831) 646-3953, for reactivation and payment.

  • Grace Period: The time a permit will be honored after its expiration
  • Monthly Permit: Two (2) business days
  • Quarterly Permit: Five (5) business days
  • Annual Permit: Ten (10) business days

Renew your Parking Permit by Credit Card

resident ON-STREET parking permit program
How to Obtain a Residential Parking Permit
Apply in person at the Parking Division located at 340 Tyler Street, Monterey. See office hours
With a few exceptions, most addresses in the Residential Permit Parking Program qualify for a residential decal for each registered vehicle and two (2) guest passes. Permits are only valid within a specific residential zone and are not honored City-wide. See map and highlight the Residential Permit Zone layer to see if your street is designated for this program.

Residents will be required to provide:
  • Proof of residency (lease/rental agreement; utility bill; property tax bill)
  • Valid photo identification.
  • Valid vehicle registration for each registered vehicle. The Vehicle must be registered to the resident obtaining the permit.
Guest passes are valid for a two-year cycle and the expiration date is printed on the permit. Guest passes are valid when displayed on the left front dashboard of the vehicle. Guest passes are valid for a two-year cycle and renewed guest passes are automatically sent to the mailing address provided to the Parking Division.

Program History
Res-Parking-PermitThe City Council established the first Residential Permit Parking Program in July 1985. The program was established to limit the use of on-street parking in residential neighborhoods from business employees, students and non-residents of the neighborhood. A Residential Permit Parking Program allows residents to park on street with exceptions to the posted time limit or meter payment. If you live in an area with an approved residential permit parking program you may obtain residential permits from the Parking Division that will exempt you from the posted time limit.

Rules and Restrictions of the Residential Permit Parking Program
If you receive a citation for failure to display your permit, contact the Parking Division within 21 days of the issue date in order to have the citation considered for dismissal. There is a $10 administrative fee to dismiss all citations. (Resolution 06-38) The Parking Division will not dismiss parking citations issued for expired permits.

Vehicles displaying a residential permit are subject to all other parking restrictions, i.e., 12/24-minute green zone, 20-minute yellow loading zone, disabled spaces and red zones. Vehicles are not allowed to park in the same space, on-street and/or off-street City lots and garages for longer than 72 consecutive hours per Monterey City Code 20-72. This applies to ALL residential zones, regardless of permits, and is enforced City-wide. There is a $10 dollar replacement cost for any permit that is lost/stolen/damaged or that needs to be replaced. (Resolution 94-84). Residential Parking Permits are not available for vehicles used primarily for commercial purposes, (taxis, limos, etc.) recreation vehicles or commercial trucks. It should be noted that, per City Council Policy, the residential parking program is enforced on a random basis; however, when available, staff will respond to citizens’ request for enforcement. Please contact Parking Enforcement at 831-646-5695.

Petitions for New Permit Areas 
Residential block(s) that are impacted by vehicles that are not residents or guests of the neighborhood may apply to have their block(s) designated for the residential parking program. The program requires that a majority (50% + 1) of the households on that block(s) sign a petition requesting the program. The Parking Division will then conduct parking studies to determine if the block(s) meets the minimum average of 70% of all spaces occupied. Please visit our link for the petition for residential parking program.

Residential block(s) that are impacted by vehicles that are not residents or guests of the neighborhood may apply to have their block(s) designated for the residential parking program. The program requires that a majority (50% + 1) of the households on that block(s) sign a petition requesting the program. The Parking Division will then conduct parking studies to determine if the block(s) meets the minimum average of 70% of all spaces occupied.

Once designated, a resident living on that block, may apply for a residential parking permit. The permit decal is permanently affixed to the left rear bumper and would exempt the resident vehicle from the posted time limit restrictions and is only valid on the block where the resident lives. Two (2) visitor permits will also be issued to each residence. These permits are to be placed on the left front dashboard of your visitor’s vehicle to exempt them from the time limit. It is the resident’s responsibility to see that the guest permits are returned to him/her for re-use.

Even though only one side of the street may be posted, residents from both sides are eligible for permits and may use either side of the street for parking. The intent of this program is to provide some reasonable parking for both short-term visitors to the area and to the residents on these blocks. Vehicles displaying a residential permit are subject to all other parking restrictions, i.e., 12/24-minute green zone, 20-minute yellow loading zone, disabled spaces and red zones and vehicles parked in excess of 72 hours (City Code 20-72). The Parking Division will not dismiss parking citations issued for expired permits.

Residential Parking Program Procedures:
  1. Obtain and complete a Residential Parking Program Application for your block. Download an application or pick one up at the Parking Division Office located at 340 Tyler Street in the Downtown West Garage. For more information call 646-3953.
  2. Once the block is approved for Residential Parking Program, residents must provide the following documentation to participate in the program:
    • Written proof of residency (rental agreement, property tax bill or equivalent documentation of ownership, current utility bill or phone bill). The document must show physical street address; No P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
    • Current DMV Vehicle Registration for each vehicle. The vehicle must be registered to the resident
    • Valid photo identification.
It should be noted that, per City Council Policy, the residential parking program is enforced on a random basis; however, when available, staff will respond to citizens’ request for enforcement.