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The preferential residential parking system 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 programs main goal is to provide more parking spaces for residents by discouraging long-term parking by people who do not live in the area. There are now 28 residential permit areas in the City.
Renewal notification letters are mailed out on a monthly basis. Please return entire form with your payment as soon as possible to 11 South Van Ness Avenue, SF, CA 94103. Allow at least 21 days for processing.
While you may obtain your permit renewal in person or by mail, lines at the Customer Service Center located at 11 South Van Ness Avenue can be long. Avoid the wait...mail in your permit renewal form and payment. Your permit will be sent to you within three weeks.
If you choose to obtain your new permit at 11 South Van Ness Avenue and you are renewing your permit with a pre-printed renewal form sent to you by SFMTA, you do not need to include DMV registration or residency proof. However, if you do not have your renewal notification letter with you, or you have lost the notice, you must show proof of residency and DMV registration.
Prompted to investigate by citizen complaints, SFMTA found that there are more than 700 households in the City that maintain between four and, in the most egregious case, twenty-seven residential permits. This is approximately two percent of all residential permit holders. While the RPP Program is an important public service, limitations had to be established if priority residential parking was to be maintained.
On June 19, 2001, the Parking and Traffic Commission passed Resolution 152-01-PTC, urging the Board of Supervisors to amend the Traffic Code to allow the Department to place a limitation on the number of permits per household. On June 3, 2002, the Board of Supervisors passed Ordinance No. 88-02, which amends the Traffic Code to state that no more than four Residential Parking Permits may be issued to a single address.
Residents may file a written request with the Manager SFMTA Customer Service by writing to:
Manager SFMTA Customer Service
Include all relevant vehicle information and the reason for the request in your letter to be considered for a waiver to obtain additional permits. The Ordinance establishes a graduated fee increase structure for permits above the four permit limit.
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