Residential Parking Permits (RPP)
- Permanent Residents
- New or Short-Term Residents and Visitors
- Business Owners
- Medical and Child Caregivers
- Active Military and Students
If you live in a residential parking permit area, a residential permit will exempt you from the posted time limit. Each address may purchase up to four permits. Click here for more information about the qualification requirements.
Temporary permits are available for residents of RPP areas for short term use for rental cars or visitors. One day and weekly permits can be purchased in advance of use. Each address may purchase up to 20 one day permits and a cumulative of 32 weeks of weekly permits per calendar year.
If you own a business in a residential parking permit area, a residential permit will exempt you from the posted time limit. Businesses may obtain one parking permit for a personal vehicle per postal address and up to three permits for delivery vehicles with commercial license plates.
For residents who require home health care service, in home child care, or the employees of family childcare homes. One transferable parking permit for use by up to three caregivers.
Administrators of child care centers, pre-schools and K-12 schools located within Residential Permit Parking Areas may submit the required documentation to SFMTA Parking Department at RPPforSFTeachers@sfmta.com. If you have any questions, please call (415) 646-2856.
Requirements for obtaining educational institution permits:
· Written request made on school letterhead that indicates the number of certificated teachers regularly employed at the school and the street address of the school
· For private K-12 schools, attach the current academic year Private School Affidavit, indicating the number of teachers employed at the school
· For private child care centers and pre-schools, attach current year LIC 500 or Personnel Report and current license
The number of permits each school is eligible for is dependent on the number of teachers regularly employed at the school and the number of un-restricted (no color curb or other restrictions) parking spaces available along the school’s street frontage. The Parking Team will make this assessment and inform the school of next steps for applying for permits.
Permits expire September 30th of each year.
Residential parking permits for foreign diplomats residing in a consulate within a residential parking permit area. Permits are exclsuively for consulate employees utilizing vehicles registered at the permit address. Vehicles with Diplomat or Consular plates issued by the U.S. State Department do not require a permit as they are exempt from residential parking area restirctions. Please call the SFMTA Customer Service at 415.701.3000 to speak with a customer service representative for more information on the requirements for this permit.
Permits are available for active military personnel on assignment and full time students enrolled at a higher education institution with San Francisco. Visit the application information page or call the SFMTA Customer Service at 415.701.3000 for more information on the requirements for these permits.
Find Out More About Residential Parking Permit Areas
You can use the interactive map to see if Residential Parking Permit regulations exist on your block. If you have difficulty using the interactive map, you can view this version or contact 311 (or 415.701.2311 outside of San Francisco) for assistance.
Additionally, you can check the Approved Block List to see if your address falls within a Parking Permit Area.
Residential Parking Permit Fees
$136 Annual Fee
$67 if permit area expires in less than six months ($67 effective 7/1/2018)
$102.00 Annual Fee
$51.00 if permit area expires in less than six months
Electric mopeds are exempt from RPP time limits if parked perpendicular to the curb and at a curb segment no longer than 8 feet in length, or in a marked motorcycle parking stall. Electric mopeds are subject to RPP time limit restrictions if they are parked on a curb segment larger than 8 feet in length. All electric mopeds are subject to all other City parking restrictions, including street cleaning, blocked driveways, sidewalks, parking meter payment requirements, and 72 hour parking time limits. Per the California Vehicle Code Section 406(a), an electric moped is defined as having no tailpipe, no fuel fill cap or tank, and no passenger saddle.
Apply for a Permit
Download and complete the applicable application above. See below for permit expiration dates. If permit area expires in less than six months, the fee is prorated to 50% the annual rate.
Proof of residency: A copy of the current vehicle insurance policy with the applicant’s name and permit address.
California Vehicle registration: Registration must have the applicant's name and address where the permit is to be issued.
Applications may be submitted in person or by mail to the SFMTA Customer Service Center at 11 South Van Ness Avenue, open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please ensure you have the proper documentation prior to submitting your application by mail or appearing at the SFMTA Customer Service Center. No parking permits will be issued to any vehicle with delinquent parking citations or an expired vehicle registration.
Residential Parking Permits are not available for any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds, or any trailer, trailer coach, utility trailer, or any other type of vehicle as defined in the California Vehicle Code, whether separate from or attached to a motor vehicle displaying a Residential Parking Permit.
Permit Placement and Removal
Passenger Vehicles: Apply permit to left rear bumper or lower left rear window (outside only) so decal is visible from rear of vehicle. Decal may not be affixed to the inside of the window or with glue, tape or any other temporary means. Improperly displayed permits will be considered invalid and vehicle will be cited for overtime parking.
Motorcycles: Apply permit to rear fender.
Permits can be removed used glue removers and/or plastic scraper.
Permit Expiration Dates
|A 2/28||DD 7/31||J 11/30||Q 12/31||X 8/31|
|AA 10/31||E 9/30||K 5/31||R 8/31||Y 3/31|
|B 8/31||EE 11/31||L 1/31||S 4/30||Z 5/31|
|BB 1/31||F 9/30||M 10/31||T 8/31|
|C 7/31||G 6/30||N 3/31||U 9/30|
|CC 8/31||H 1/31||O 3/31||V 1/31|
|D 1/31||I 11/30||P 3/31||W 10/31|
Permit sales for each area begin the month before expiration. For example, Area A permits expiring 2/28/2019 can be purchased and valid as early as 1/1/2019.
Limit Four (4) Permits Per Address
A maximum of four active annual residential permits may be issued to a single address in all areas, with the exception of AA and EE. Areas AA and EE are limited to two annual permits per houshold and one per driver.
In special circumstances, you may request a waiver to this limit. Waivers will be granted if there is available parkign in the area and if there is an additional driver at the address.
To request a waiver, send a written request to:
SFMTA Customer Service Center
ATTN: RPP WAIVER REQUEST
11 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please include all relevant vehicle information and the reason you are requesting additional permits in your letter, and allow 10 business days for the SFMTA to review your request.
Permit for a New Car
If you have purchased a new or used car and do not yet have license plates you can still apply for an annual permit. To apply, please submit the following documents by mail or in person to the SFMTA Customer Service Center at 11 South Van Ness Avenue, open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Proof of Vehicle Purchase – Purchase agreement or Temporary Registration with VIN (vehicle should be purchased in California)
Proof of Residency (please see above for requirements regarding insurance and California registration)
You will be first issued a temporary permit. Once you have received your permanent plates and vehicle registration email the copy of vehicle registration to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an annual sticker. Please do not affix your vehicle license plate until you receive the annual sticker.
On January 16, 2018, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the new RPP Area AA for Northwest Bernal Heights. Households on approved blocks will receive applications and updates regarding enforcement by May 1, 2018. More information available on the project website.
On April 17, 2018, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the new RPP Area EE for the Dogpatch. Households on approved blocks will receive applications and updates regarding enforcement by July1, 2018. More information available on the project website.