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Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program2hr RPP Parking

The City of Berkeley prioritizes parking for vehicles registered to addresses in 14 areas. Each zone is designated by a letter that is affixed to signs that note the days and times of enforcement. Those without an annual or visitor permit can park for a total of two hours on either side of that block. Annual permits must be affixed to the left rear bumper of the vehicle and visitor permits must be hung from the rear view mirror.

All RPP areas are enforced Monday through Friday.  Areas A, B, D, K and some streets in Area E are enforced on Saturdays. An annual or visitor RPP permit does not allow parking at parking meters, pay stations, loading zones, no parking anytime, 72hr parking, on Street Sweeping days or any other parking restrictions (i.e. at or near fire hydrants, driveways, or crosswalks, etc.).    

Information about parking permits, locations and restrictions:

Links to additional information: 

 


Annual Parking Permit - $45.00

To qualify for an annual Residential Preferential Parking permit, residents must present both a government-issued photo identification and a current vehicle registration displaying their Berkeley address. Annual RPP permits are not transferable between vehicles, nor are they refundable. Individuals subletting are not eligible for annual RPP permits. The vehicle must not have any outstanding Berkeley parking violations older than 21 days.

Renewing Annual Permits: Online, By Mail, or In Person

Existing RPP holders will receive a letter in the mail with an account number and pin. Permit holders can renew their permits by returning the enclosed documents or, for quicker processing and ease,  Renew Online.

All annual permits expire on June 30. Residents who renew online or via the mail are encouraged to do so by May 31 in order to receive their permits by July 1.

Permit holders may also bring their government-issued identification and current vehicle registration to renew in person at the Customer Service Center, located at 1947 Center Street. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The office is closed Fridays and City Holidays. Permits are processed at the time of submission.  Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, Money Order, Visa or MasterCard.

If the vehicle is registered to the Berkeley address, but is not registered in the name of the Berkeley resident, the resident must provide a copy of the registered owner’s valid picture ID, and a signed letter stating that the resident has the right to use the vehicle.

New Annual Permits: By Mail or In Person

New permits by mail or in person require a copy of a valid photo identification and proof of current vehicle registration to the current physical Berkeley address. To purchase a new RPP permit by-mail, submit the completed application to the Customer Service Center, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704.   Allow 2 -3 weeks to receive permits by-mail.  Residents whose vehicle’s registration does not contain their name cannot renew by mail and will be required to visit the Customer Service Center.  

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Visitor Permits 

One-Day Visitor Permits for guest use may be purchased by residents when renewing their annual RPP permit by mail, in person or online. If purchasing Visitor Permits at a later time, a picture identification, along with one of the following documents that includes the current address of the resident, must be provided (billing statements must be dated within the last 30 days):

  • California Drivers License (DMV) 
  • Signed lease agreement (within a year)
  • Current bank statement 
  • Current PG&E billing statement 
  • Current telephone bill (not cellular) 
  • Current major credit card billing statement 
  • AT&T cablevision bill 
  • EBMUD water bill 
  • Vehicle registration (DMV) 
  • City Bills (Refuse bills, Fire Alarm bills, Fire Inspections bills, etc)

The vehicle for which the visitor permit is being obtained must not have any outstanding Berkeley parking violations older than 21 days. 

Pick up Visitor Parking Permits at the Customer Service Center or call (510) 981-7200 for further information.  

1-Day Visitor Permits - $2.25

  • Residents may purchase up to 20 1-Day Visitor Permits in a permit year. 
  • 1-Day Visitor Permits may be purchased by mail or in person, and can be purchased in advance. 
  • All 1-Day permits will expire on June 30th of the current permit year.   

14-Day Visitor Permits - $23.00

  • Residents may purchase 3 14-Day Visitor Permits in a permit year.   
  • Please note that 14-Day Visitor Permits are valid for 14 consecutive calendar days
  • 14-Day Visitor Permits may be purchased up to 3 weeks in advance of the initial usage date. The resident must provide the intended usage dates and the license plate number of the vehicle that will use the 14-Day Permit. 

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Merchant Parking Permits - $125.00

In-Home Care Permits - $45.00

  • Residents or family members who live in any of the City's RPP-designated areas who have disabilities or medical conditions requiring In-home care services, may be eligible for In-Home Care Permits

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Days/Hours of Enforcement

Hours of enforcement are 8:00am to 7:00pm except Sundays, holidays and during posted street sweeping days.

 
 
 
    

Residential Preferential Parking  Area Enforcement Schedule

Location

Time Limits

Days Enforced

Enforcement Hours

Enforcement Restrictions

Area A

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Sat

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area A permit. Exceptions:  Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

AreaB

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Sat

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area B permit. Exceptions:  Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area C

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area C permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area D

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Sat

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area D permit. Exceptions:  Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area E

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri, Sat*

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area E permits. Exceptions: Sun., Holidays & during days & times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.
Note: Some streets enforce on Sat. Please check posted signage.

Area F

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area F permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area G

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area G permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area H

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area H permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area I

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area I permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area J

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area J permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area K

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Sat

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area K permit. Exceptions:  Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area L

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area L permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

Area M

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area M permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping is in effect.

Area N

2 Hr Parking

Mon - Fri

8am - 7pm

Vehicles with Area N permit. Exceptions:  Sat., Sun., Holidays &  during days and times when posted street sweeping sign is in effect.

 

In addition, some RPP areas may have limited 2 hour parking sections, and those sections will have signs indicating this distinction. RPP permitted vehicles are subject to the two hour restriction and will be cited if the vehicle is not moved.

Please note:  Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) has been modified on selected blocks near Berkeley's Trader Joe's store at Berkeley Way/Martin Luther King Jr. Way to limit parking on one side of the street to designated RPP Area permit holders, while parking on the other side remains RPP and 2-hour visitor parking.  

The blocks affected are as follows:    

  • Berkeley Way: 1700, 1800 and 1900 blocks (McGee Avenue to Milvia Street)
  • Addison Street: 1800 block (Grant Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Way) 
  • Bonita Street: 1900 block (Hearst Avenue to University Avenue)
  • Grant Street: 1900 and 2000 blocks (Hearst Avenue to Addison Street)  

 For additional information or questions, contact the Customer Service Center or call (510) 981-7200.  

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