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Given the current pandemic, all Downtown Parking District permit holders and other City Permit Program permit holders:

Please be advised that current permits are now extended through the end of June with no payment required. Those who have pre-paid this month will receive a credit. Regular monthly permit parking fees will be reinstated as of July 1. For any concerns, please call (831) 420-5185. Thank you.


The Parking Office at 124 Locust Street is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Located in the Locust Street Parking Garage, the office manages parking citation payments and most of the City's permit parking programs.

Late Charges and Unpaid Balances
Late charge is $30. Unpaid balances can result in a hold on your vehicle registration, the booting of your car or the City filing for a civil judgement against you. This judgement goes on your record and affects your credit standing.

Call the Parking Office at 831-420-6100 during regular hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

The City of Santa Cruz has seven different Residential Permit Parking Programs. Signs are posted in each program noting the parking restrictions. Residents living on these restricted streets can purchase three annual residential permits, two annual guest permits, and up to 30 daily permits per household. Businesses in the Beach Area and Harvey West programs may also purchase permits. Permits are sold in person or by mail at the Parking Office at 124 Locust St. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. 

To purchase permits, bring your picture identification and vehicle registration/s. If these documents do not reflect your current address in the program, bring current proof of residency. Current proof of residency can be a recently dated rental contract, a utility bill in your name, personal bills sent to you, or similar items verifying your residency. Non-resident property owners can also purchase a permit with a utility or tax bill reflecting ownership.

Business Parking Permit Program

  • Downtown Parking Lots and Garages [MAP]
    (except for the River Front, Locust and Soquel/Front Garages where permits are sold at the garages)
  • Downtown Meter Permits (Downtown lot and garage permits are limited to people who work or live in the Downtown Commercial District.)
  • City Commuter Permits
  • Beach Merchant/Employee Permits

UCSC Student Off-Campus Parking Permit Program

Visitor Parking Information

Instructions for Requesting an Administrative Review on Parking Citations                       

The registered owner, driver or lessee of the cited vehicle must request an administrative review of the parking citation within 21 days of the date printed on the front of the citation. If a review is not requested within the specified time limit, there is no further right of review. Details are outlined here.

The request may be made by mailing a written explanation of why you believe the vehicle was cited in error to the Santa Cruz Parking Office mailing address below left.

It may also be made in person at the Parking Office address below.


 The Parking Office mailing address is:

Parking Office
PO Box 1870
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1870


The Parking Office street address is:

124 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday excluding holidays



For more information, please contact:
Claudia Carlson
Parking Office, Supervisor

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