RESIDENTIAL PARKING PROGRAM
Authorized by San Francisco Transportation Code Section 902 (D) and 905
Permit fees increased July 1, 2012
Residents in Residential Parking Permit areas whose zone expired after May, 2012 are now able to renew their annual parking permits online. Residents with expiring permits will be receiving a renewal notice in the mail providing them with the renewal link and a personalized PIN number. This new program will enhance customer convenience and improve processing time.
*A transaction fee will apply.
PIN numbers are required to use the online renewal system. Your PIN number is located on the renewal notice received via U.S. mail and cannot be re-generated. If you have lost the PIN number you must use another source to obtain your permit i.e., by mail or in person at 11 SVN.
This new option applies to customers’ renewing annual residential permits, and does not apply to specialty permits such as: contractors, teachers, business/commercial, medical, student or caregiver permits. Customers will be required to pay any overdue parking citations prior to renewing their RPP permit online. On line renewal is not available for first time permit customers who must submit proof of residency and application by mail or in-person only.
The preferential residential parking permit (RPP) was established in 1976 to preserve neighborhood living within a major urban center. It is designed to promote the safety, health and welfare of all San Francisco residents by reducing unnecessary personal motor vehicle travel, noise and pollution, and by promoting improvements in air quality, convenience and attractiveness of urban residential living, and increased use of public mass transit. The program’s main goal is to provide more parking spaces for residents by discouraging long-term parking by people who do not live in the area.
A resident of an RPP area who needs parking for longer than the posted limit must apply for a permit and display it on their vehicle. Parking Permits are issued to a license plate number and may only be used with that plate. A permitted vehicle will be subject to violation and towing if parked more than 72 hours in one spot. The vehicle must be moved 1 block or one-tenth of a mile.
6. My business is located in a Residential Parking Permit area...can I get a permit?
1. Why do I have to pay to park in front of my own home? A residential permit area is initiated by the residents of the neighborhood. The goal is to provide more parking spaces for residents by restricting long term parking for nonresidents. Click here to Add Permit Area.
3.How long is my permit valid? Each permit area has a set month for renewal and your permit will expire in the same month every year and is valid until the last day of the expiration month. If you have less than 6 months before your area expires your permit will be pro-rated on a 6 month basis. For a list of permit areas click here.
4.Where can I park with a Residential Permit? Residential permit areas are designated by signs indicating permit area in color circle with corresponding letter posted on the streets. Permit holders of that area may park up to 72 hours without moving their vehicles. All other restrictions such as "street sweeping" and "tow away zones" are enforced.
5. We have 5 roommates in our apartment, can we all get a permit? For each permanent residence no more than 4 permits will be issued. If more than 4 permits are required, submit a written request to SFMTA Customer Service Manager, 11 South Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94103-1226. There is a graduated fee for each permit over 4 e.g. permit 5 will cost twice the amount, permit 6 will cost three time the amount and any amount of permits over 6 will be four times the amount. For more information click here.
7. What if I have guests at my house? Permits may be purchased by an individual with a permanent residence within an RPP area for visitor use. For complete information click here.
8. My permit was damaged in an auto accident. How do I get a replacement? Please mail or bring proof of accident and damage (e.g. invoice from repair shop) to SFMTA Customer Services at 11South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103-1226.
For more information on replacement of permits.
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Parking services are provided by the Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Copyright © 2000-2013 SFMTA. All rights reserved. Updated February 11, 2013