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Residential Parking Permit Program

Program Overview

The City of Sacramento, along with many other cities, faces the on-going challenge of providing adequate on-street parking for both residents and visitors. Some residential areas are subject to a shortage of on-street parking spaces caused mainly by all-day, on-street parking by commuters who work near residential areas. Similar to the practice of other cities, the City of Sacramento established a Residential Permit Parking Program in 1979 in an effort to alleviate this problem.

Residential Permit Parking is appropriate in those areas impacted by commuter parking and where off-street parking is not adequate. Currently, Residential Permit Parking areas range from approximately 80 residential units (6 square blocks) to 3,000 residential units (78 square blocks).

There are currently over 25,000 on-street parking spaces regulated by residential permit parking regulations.

Sacramento City Code (search under Title 10 and choose Chapter 10.48)

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Program Information

To learn more about terms of use or which residential permit is required for your parking needs, please select from the links below.

what are residential parking permits?

Residential parking permits allow residents to park on the street with exemptions to posted time limits and meter payments. Non-residents may park on these streets without a permit as long as the vehicle is parked within the posted time limit or if the meter is properly paid. However, if non-residents need to park with an exemption, a residential permit (Visitor, Temporary or 24-Hour Temporary) is required. If no residential permit is displayed, then the posted time limit and/or meter payment will be enforced on the vehicle.  

There are four Residential Permit Types that are free of charge to residents with submission of the proper documentation:

  • Vehicle Permit (sticker placed on bumper)
  • Visitor Permits (placard placed on dashboard)
  • Temporary Permit (placard valid for specific time period)
  • Online 24-Hour Temporary Permit (placard valid for up to 24 hours from order)

Permits are valid for a two-year cycle, dependent upon the permit area, not when the permit was acquired. The expiration date is printed on the permit. Residents are responsible for renewing permits on time. Renewals may be done in-person in the Revenue Division starting from the 1st day of the renewal month. Mailed-in renewal requests are also accepted. Please provide sufficient mailing time for the request to be received and processed. Permits will be mailed back to the address on the renewal application.

how to use residential parking permits 

Vehicles displaying a valid Residential Parking Permit may:

  • Park within 3 city blocks from the residential address that the permit is registered to
  • Park at an on-street meter without paying for up to 72 hours
  • Park beyond a posted time limit for up to 72 hours
  • More information on permit regulations

Residents with vehicles displaying valid Disabled Placards (DP) or license plates do not need a Residential Parking Permit to park with an exemption as these same exemptions are given to DP vehicles under State law. However, residents may need to apply for a Visitors Permit to allow guests whom do not have DP placards or plates to park. 

Prohibited uses: 

  • Parking in violation of any parking regulation 
  • Selling, duplicating or transferring permits 
  • Using permits that do not belong to the address where you reside or are visiting
  • Parking more than 3 city blocks from the permit address, regardless if it's within the same permit area
  • More information on violations and prohibited uses

To report violations of the Residential Parking Permit program, including sales or transfer of permits, please call the Sacramento City 311: (916) 264-5011

new residents

If the street you live on is marked with a sign reflecting a letter permit area (i.e. F Permit Area, B Permit Area) , you may need a residential parking permit to be exempt from meter payments and time limits. Please note your permit area when applying for a permit. If you cannot determine your permit area from the posted signage, please call Sacramento City 311 at 916-264-5011 and an agent will assist. Agents are available 24/7.

There are three types of Residential Permits. Please apply for the permit(s) that you will need to accommodate parking needs for you and your visitors. New residents must initially apply in person. All renewals thereafter may be done by US Mail. If you need a Vehicle Permit (bumper sticker) or Visitor Permit (placard) and have not yet received a utility bill or any proof of residency reflecting your new address, you will be issued a Temporary Permit. Once you receive your proof of residency, you must apply for your Vehicle or Visitor Permit.

Generally, if a vehicle pays a meter or does not park longer than the posted time limit, a residential parking permit is not necessary. Please note, residential parking permits do not exempt vehicles from spaces posted as "No Parking Any Time" or on days when the posted signage reflects days and times parking is prohibited to accommodate street or city services.

online 24-hour temporary residential permits

Online Temporary parking permits are available to residents with valid Vehicle or Visitor permits to provide parking for their guests. Each online Temporary parking permit is good for up to 24 hours of parking. LEARN MORE

ONLINE 24-HOUR RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PORTAL

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIRST-TIME USERS

resident accommodations for larger parties or events

Residents who plan to host larger gatherings or parties may contact Sacramento City 311 a minimum of 48 hours prior to the event to request an accommodation by Parking Enforcement for their gathering. Requests may also be emailed to ParkingCSR@cityofsacramento.org. Residents are responsible for notifying their neighbors of their gathering as any complaints reported to Parking Enforcement by neighbors will result in officer response to the site. Re-occurring weekly events are not eligible for this service.

Customer Service Office

Applications and pick up of Residential permits are available at the Revenue Division. Permits are free of charge. All required documentation must be submitted in order to receive a permit during your visit. Replacement permits are $5 per permit. Requests to receive permits by mail must be made within a reasonable time before current permit expires. Questions may be directed to (916) 264-5011.