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Department of Transportation
200 E. Santa Clara St.
8th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 535-3850
Fax: (408) 292-6092

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Permit Parking

Apply for a residential parking permit here.

Please note: As of 3/17/20, the Department of Transportation Permit Center (located on the 8th floor of City Hall) is closed and will not be issuing Residential Parking Permits until further notice. 

Parking citation and vehicle abatement services have also been suspended. Vehicles parked in an unsafe manner will be referred to the San José Police Department for enforcement. Please ease the burden on the Police Department by parking courteously during this period. 

The Department of Transportation will notify impacted residents when new renewal deadlines are determined for Residential Parking Permits currently scheduled to expire in March and April 2020.  We thank you for your patience and understanding as the City prioritizes the health of our community and employees.

Parking zones have been established in areas throughout San José to limit the intrusion of vehicles from outside the area. Due to prior program reductions, the City has only been able to support existing zones with the issuance and renewal of permits.

Obtain a Permit

To obtain a parking permit you must:

  • Live in or own residential property.
  • Operate a business in a parking permit zone.

Generally this means that your residence or business must be located on the same side of the street and block face where permit parking signs are posted.

You may obtain a permit in person or by mail.

  • To reduce wait time, download and complete the application for the zone you live in prior to visiting us.
  • Please read the entire application instructions and bring the required documents with you or include them when you mail your application.
  • Bring or mail your completed application and necessary documents to:

Residential Permit Parking
Department of Transportation, 8th Floor
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California 95113

Upon receipt of a completed application, we will process and mail the permits back to you.

Use the Residential Permit Parking Map

Step 1: Zoom in to your neighborhood, or search by your address. The thick colored lines represent the curb faces of the different permit parking zones.

Step 2: When you click on these lines, a pop-up window will appear enabling you to see the zone name and to open that zone's permit application (acrobat .pdf file).

Maps of RPP Zones

This map shows the extents of on-street parking in permit restricted areas per City ordinance(s).

Please contact the Department of Transportation at (408) 535-3850 or if you have more specific questions about your location or address.

Request Temporary Permits for RPP Zones

Do you live in an RPP Zone and want temporary permits for visitors or construction work done on your home? Here’s how to request them. 

For temporary parking permits of 1-14 days

If you are an existing Residential Parking Permit customer:

  • Please bring your photo ID to the 8th floor City Hall front desk. DOT staff will check that your ID matches the name on file.

If you are not a Residential Parking Permit holder, you will need to bring both your photo ID and proof of residency in one of the following forms: 

  • Current property tax bill
  • Current lease agreement or tenant verification form
  • Utility bill tied to your address (i.e.: water, electricity, cable, garbage, or landline phone bill) within past 90 days. We cannot accept cell phone bills as proof of residency.

Or, you can mail a written copy of your request to the DOT front desk 10 business days before your event date, specifying

a) The type of activity requiring temporary permits,
b) Requested dates, and
c) The number of temporary permits.

Note: Permits are usually issued for 1-3 days. Longer permits are subject to approval. The number and length of requested permits should be consistent with described activities. Permits may not be issued on a recurring basis and are not meant to be used in place of Residential Parking Permits.

For construction projects

Homeowners may receive temporary permits of up to three months. Please bring the following with you to the City Hall 8th Floor front desk:

  1. Your photo ID
  2. Your current property tax bill
  3. The construction contract, construction schedule, work order, inspection record, or other project documentation  including dates and scope of work to be performed
  4. If requesting more than five permits, provide a list of contractors

Or, you can mail a written copy of your request to the DOT front desk 10 business days in advance of your construction date. In addition to specifying your requested dates and the number of temporary permits, include copies of the documents listed above.

Please note:

  • Supporting documentation is needed for every temporary permit request. The Department of Transportation does not retain proof of residency documentation, identification, or other sensitive resident information.
  • Renewal of three-month permits is subject to ongoing evidence of construction. 
  • tow-away permit is the only way to reserve access to the curb strip in front of your home during the construction period, and may be obtained from our office for a fee. Temporary permits allow contractors to park in the parking permit zone, but do not reserve curb space.
  • DOT front desk staff will deny temporary permit requests in the event of re-sale, transference, duplication, or other abuse or unauthorized distribution of permits. Approval of all requests in at the discretion of the Department of Transportation.

Request a Business Permit

  • A business located within the Residential Permit Parking zones listed below may be eligible for parking permits for its employees, depending on the availability of off-site parking and visitor parking needs.
  • The maximum number of permits issued is the lesser of the number of employees listed on the Business Tax Certificate or the employee directory/listing.
  • An assessment is made prior to the issuance of any employee permit(s).
  • To request a business permit, please read the entire instructions and complete the application.

Note: You will need to provide the required documents specified on the application prior to obtaining any permit(s).

If you are unsure if your business is in a permit zone, or you have any other questions, please contact us at (408) 535-3850 or

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