Parking Permits

In May 2021, the City Council adopted new rates to the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program to cover the costs of administering, operating and maintaining the program. The current rate, effective July 1, 2023, is $39/year. Parking permits will be issued for 3-year terms ($117 for 3-year term).  Each parking zone will continue to have a different expiration date and renewal period and new permits will be prorated yearly based on the date a permit is applied for and the cycle for each zone.  Please see the application to view the expiration for your parking zone.
Please note: If paying by credit card, a 3.5% processing fee will be added to your total payment. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


The Residential Parking Permit Application may be submitted by electronically, in-person or mail. All requests must be accompanied by a copy of the resident’s current vehicle registration. If the address on the vehicle registration is different from the residential address, the resident must also provide proof of residency in the form of a utility bill or a rental lease. The permit fees for each of the zones are displayed on the application. A maximum of four permits may be issued to a single residence.


If you have an expired parking permit or need to apply for a new permit, requests can be submitted one the following ways:

  1. Electronically: Please complete the digital Parking Permit Application form and include all supporting documents. Upon review, staff will contact you with payment instructions.
  2. By Mail: Complete the Parking Permit application and return along with valid vehicle registration, supporting documents and payment by mail. 
  3. In-Person: Complete the Parking Permit application at City Hall along with valid vehicle registration, supporting documents and payment during business hours.           
Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please refrain from submitting duplicate requests by mail and electronically. Allow 5-10 business days to receive your parking permit via postal mail.

 Residential Parking Permit ZONES

The City of El Cerrito has established two areas of town where 4-hour residential parking restrictions may be applied. This was done to preserve on-street parking for local residents in the vicinity of the two BART stations where a high number of non-resident BART commuters search for parking each work day.

The 4-hour zones are implemented on a block-by-block basis. The City enforces 4-hour parking limits on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on these blocks with 4-hour parking signs. Only vehicles with a Residential Parking Permit can park for longer than four hours on a restricted block.

For more information about establishing new residential parking zones or to see a map of the areas, click here.

Residential Parking Permits Ordinance Chapter 11.68 - PERMIT-PARKING PRIVILEGES | Code of Ordinances | El Cerrito, CA | Municode Library