Parking Matters

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Hours & RatesTypes of Parking MetersParking HolidaysCurb Colors and What They Mean
Smart Parking MetersPay a Parking TicketStreet SweepingParking Fines
City-Owned Garages & LotsWhat to Do If Your Car Is BootedReport a Broken MeterResidential Parking Permits
What to Do If Your Car Is TowedParking Obstruction PermitsContest a Parking TicketRequest an Administrative Hearing
Disabled ParkingRequest a Refund for Overpayment 









The City recognizes that a ready supply of on- and off-street parking allows residents, commuters and visitors to explore Oakland’s commercial districts and encourages folks to live, work and play in our community. This page provides information and resources to help you with all your parking questions, including contact information for specific departments if you need additional assistance. 

When you feed your parking meter or pay a parking ticket, you're helping to support public safety, parks, libraries and other vital City services.

From March 23 through April 2015, Public Works will be replacing the last of the multi-space parking kiosks in Montclair Village with individual Smart Parking Meters like the one pictured below. Click here to review the project key points. Informational brochures will be distributed throughout Montclair Village in advance of the upgrade project. Click here to view the informational brochures.

On August 18, 2014, the City of Oakland began a flexible parking meter pricing program in Montclair Village. Click here to find out more about the Photo of new parking meter heads being installed in May-July 2014flexible pricing program

On July 10, 2014, the City of Oakland began issuing On-Vehicle Notices as a courtesy to inform the owner of a vehicle that he or she has one or more outstanding, past due parking tickets and the City has not been able to make contact by mail. The intention of the notices is to remind the vehicle’s owner of outstanding parking tickets in hopes that he or she will pay the tickets to avoid penalties and fees, or towing/immobilization (the “boot”). Click here to see a sample notice.

Smart parking meters (like the one pictured on the right) have been installed throughout Oakland. Click here to learn more about smart meters.

Be sure to obey parking restrictions indicated by posted signs, curb colors or stickers on meters and kiosks. Sometimes the signs are grouped together on a single pole, other times signs are on individual poles.

To guide the development and administration of parking-related programs, the Oakland City Council passed a resolution in support of Parking Principles on October 15, 2013. Click here to view the resolution and accompanying staff reports

You may report illegally parked vehicles to Parking Enforcement dispatch at (510) 238-3099.


Parking Hours & Rates

Meter hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. See below for Parking Holidays. 

It costs $2 per hour to park at a parking meter. 


Types of Parking Meters

The City has two different parking meters in use.

Smart Parking Meters
Multi-Space Parking Kiosks
Photo of new parking meter heads being installed in May-July 2014photo of multi-space parking kiosk used by the City of Oakland in many commercial areas

The City of Oakland has converted all 3,800 existing single-space parking meters across Oakland to state-of-the-art Smart Parking Meters.

The Smart Parking Meters allow motorists to pay for parking using coins, credit/debit cards or their cell phones.

Click here to watch a video on how to use the meters using a credit/debit card or coins.

Click here for more information on the new meters, including frequently asked questions.

To setup an account and download the Parkmobile pay-by-phone mobile app, visit Accounts may also be setup by calling (877) 727-5718. Please note the vendor does charge a 35¢ fee per transaction. Motorists who use this app can add additional minutes to their meter directly from their phones and opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes prior to meter expiration.

Parking kiosks accept payment by coin or credit/debit card. After paying, place the receipt on your dashboard so the date and time are visible.

Unexpired receipts from these machines may be used at any metered parking spot until the time printed on the receipt.

Many of the kiosks also accept pay-by-phone via Parkmobile. See additional information to the left.

For assistance with parking hours, rates and the different types of meters, please contact the Parking Citation Assistance Center at (800) 500-6484.


Parking Holidays

  • New Year's Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - third Monday of January
  • President's Day - third Monday of February
  • Memorial Day - last Monday of May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - first Monday of September
  • Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

If any of these holidays falls upon a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday.


Different Curb Colors and What They Mean

RED curbs mean no stopping, standing or parking at any time.

YELLOW curbs are for loading and unloading of passengers and materials between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The loading or unloading of passengers should not exceed 3 minutes and the loading or unloading of materials from a vehicle with commercial plates should not exceed 30 minutes. This parking restriction does not apply on Sundays and Parking Holidays.

WHITE curbs are for the loading and unloading of passengers which should not exceed three minutes. Most WHITE curb restrictions apply from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. except:

  • WHITE curbs in front of a hotel or hospital are restricted 24/7.
  • WHITE curbs in front of a theater, hall or other place of public assembly shall apply at all times except when the theater or hall is closed, and then a vehicle may park in the WHITE zone for no longer than one hour.

GREEN curbs mean no standing or parking for longer than 12 minutes at any time between 8 a.m and 6 p.m., excluding Sundays and Parking Holidays.

BLUE curbs are reserved for parking by physically handicapped person whose vehicles display either a valid placard or license plate for the disabled.

Please note: Faded curb colors are still enforced. If you see a curb that needs repainting, please use the SeeClickFix mobile app to report it to the Public Works Agency. Please click her for more information on SeeClickFix.

For additional assistance with parking limitations for each curb color, please contact the Parking Citation Assistance Center at (800) 500-6484.


Parking Fines

Parking fines are established by City Ordinance through a vote of the Oakland City Council and become part of the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC).
Fines vary depending on the type of parking violation. Below are some common violations, including OMC reference and the corresponding fine.

  • 10.36.050 OMC -- Expired meter - $58
  • 10.36.030B OMC -- Failure to display parking receipt - $58
  • 10.40.020A1 OMC -- Parking in a Red Zone - $83
  • 10.40.090E OMC -- Parking in a Bus Zone - $265
  • 10.08.150 OMC -- Impeding a lane of traffic (double parking) - $41
  • 10.16.090 OMC -- Failure to cramp wheels on grade - $45
  • 10.28.040 OMC -- Parking in the wrong direction on a one-way street - $48
  • 10.28.040B OMC -- Parking in the wrong direction on a two-way street - $63
  • 10.44.120A OMC -- Parking in a Residential Parking Permit Zone - $83

Click here to view a complete roster of parking violation fines from the OMC and California Vehicle Code.

To view the applicable Oakland Municipal Code, visit To view the California Vehicle Code, visit For additional information on parking fines, contact the Parking Citation Assistance Center at (800) 500-6484.


Pay a Parking Ticket

photo of payment kiosk for parking tickets located at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

You have 21 days from the date of the ticket issuance to make a payment.

Pay In Person
The Parking Citation Assistance Center is located at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300, near Oakland City Hall. It is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (800) 500-6484.

For your convenience, parking ticket payment kiosks (photo at right) are located at:

  • Dalziel Building lobby, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Eastmont Police Substation, 2651 73rd Avenue, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pay Online
Pay online using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card via the City's secure online system at

Pay By Mail
Mail your parking ticket and the full payment to:
Parking Citation Assistance Center
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612 

Pay By Phone
Dial the Parking Citation Assistance Center 24/7 at (800) 500-6484 and pay your ticket over the phone using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express card.

Remember: When you feed your parking meter or pay a parking ticket, you're helping to support public safety, parks, libraries and other vital City services.


Contest a Parking Ticket

You must contest your ticket within 21 calendar days of the date of issuance.
Emails are not an accepted form of communication for contesting a parking ticket. If you wish to contest a ticket, you can do it in the following ways:

You may contest your parking ticket online at
Follow the easy step-by-step instructions and upload up to three documents that provide evidence to support your written testimony. Please wait 48 hours from the time of issuance to ensure your citation is uploaded into the online system. 

Please Note: It may take handwritten tickets up to two weeks to be entered into the online system, therefore we suggest that you contest your ticket using one of the other methods mentioned below.

In Person 
Download and fill out the Contest Form or bring a letter of explanation for contesting your citation. Click here to download the Contest Form. If you choose to bring a letter, please print your name, address, telephone number, current mailing address and parking ticket citation number. Be sure to attach the original parking ticket to your form or letter. Please Note: Keep a copy of your citation for your records.

Download and fill out the Contest Form or bring a letter of explanation for contesting your citation. Click here to download the Contest Form. Fax the completed form and required documents to (510) 986-2699.

You may mail the Contest Form or letter of explanation (please be sure to print your name, address, telephone number, current mailing address and parking ticket citation number) with the original parking ticket to:
Parking Citation Assistance Center
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612

Once you contest a ticket, the Parking Citation Assistance Center (PCAC) investigates your ticket and will notify you by mail of its decision.
If the ticket is upheld, you will have 21 days to pay your citation or request an Administrative Hearing. Please refer to the Administrative Hearing section below for further details on requesting a hearing.


Request an Administrative Hearing

If you are not satisfied with the decision/results of your administrative review, you can request an Administrative Hearing. You can schedule a hearing before an impartial Hearing Officer either in person or in writing within 21 days from the date of receiving your administrative review results. A hearing can be requested in person or by mail to:

Parking Citation Assistance Center – Hearing Dept.
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612

In order to have a hearing, you must pay a deposit which is equal to the amount of fine prior to scheduling a hearing. If you cannot afford the deposit, please complete the Hearing Deposit Waiver Form or contact us at (800) 500-6484 prior to the due date to request a hearing deposit fee waiver. Click here to download the Hearing Deposit Waiver Form.

Hearing Location
All Administrative Hearings are held at:
Eastmont Mall Police Substation
2651 73rd Avenue, upper level

Hearings are held Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A notice will be mailed to you in advance notifying you of the date and time of the hearing.

Rescheduling a Hearing
You have two options if you cannot attend the scheduled hearing:

  1. You can request a hearing by mail and send us a letter detailing your dispute and mail us all the required documentation.
  2. If the scheduled hearing date is not convenient and you would like to reschedule, you must notify the Hearing Dept. at least five calendar days before the scheduled hearing. You can contact the Hearing Dept. at (510) 238-4484. 


Request a Refund for Overpayment

If you feel you are due a refund for overpayment for parking tickets associated with your license plate, please complete and return a Refund Request Form. Click here to download the Refund Request Form. Please note that you must also provide proof of payment as detailed on the form.

Completed forms and proof of payment may be dropped off or mailed to:
Parking Citation Assistance Center
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612

Completed forms and proof of payment may be faxed:
(510) 986-2699

Please allow four to six weeks for processing.


What To Do If Your Car Is Booted

photo of vehicle disabled by a boot

photo of front side of caution sticker that is placed on windshelf of vehicles that are booted

The parking boot program targets the most serious parking violators who have five (5) or more delinquent parking tickets. It was introduced as an alternative to towing, thereby saving vehicle owners from having to visit four separate locations during normal business hours to reclaim their vehicle.

If your vehicle is booted, do not attempt to drive the vehicle as severe damage may occur to your vehicle.
A sticker (see photo at lower right) will be prominently displayed on a window of your vehicle indicating your vehicle has been immobilized.

Instructions in English, Chinese and Spanish will also be placed on your vehicle with a telephone number to the Help Center which operates 24/7. Phone assistance is available in multiple languages. 

The vehicle owner has the option of paying the fines for the delinquent tickets over the phone with a credit/debit card or e-check. The owner will then receive a six-digit code which will release the boot and allow safe removal of the device. Live operators at the Help Center assist callers with payment options and boot removal steps. The vehicle owner is also given a location to return the boot to. In most cases, motorists can be back on the road in about five minutes.

If you do not have a credit card, you can pay your delinquent parking tickets in cash at the Parking Citation Assistance Center, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor. Payment plan options are available. Please call (800) 500-6484 for more information.


What To Do If Your Car Is Towed

A vehicle can be towed in Oakland for any of the following reasons:

  • Anytime after a boot is placed on the vehicle, and payment for the boot fee and parking tickets have not been received
  • A vehicle registration (plate tag) has been expired for more than six (6) months
  • A vehicle has more than $2,500 in unpaid parking tickets
  • A vehicle has five (5) or more unpaid tickets in the State of California

If your vehicle has been towed, you will need to pay all your outstanding parking tickets in Oakland. Payment plans are not available for towed vehicles.

Please be aware that you may need to pay outstanding tickets from all other cities in California in order to have your vehicle released.

In addition to outstanding ticket fines, fees for towing and storage will need to be paid directly to the tow company.

If you want to contest one or more of the delinquent tickets and your car has been towed, you must be the current registered owner of the towed vehicle. Please go to the Parking Citation Assistance Center at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300 or call (510) 238-4484.

If believe your vehicle has been towed, please call (510) 635-3211 or visit to confirm.

Please visit or call the Parking Citation Assistance Center for information on payment and vehicle release.
(800) 500-6484 or 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor, Oakland CA


Residential Parking Permits

photo of parking sign showing residential parking permit zone

Certain residential neighborhoods that border commercial areas within the City participate in the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program. Vehicles displaying the correct permit are able to park in that neighborhood for an extended period of time.

Parking permits are issued to a vehicle registered to an eligible address, not to a person. So if you move into a neighborhood that has RPP, you'll need to update the vehicle's registration to the new address with DMV before applying for a permit. Please remember to update both your vehicle registration and driver license as these are two separate records with DMV. To update online, please visit Print out the update confirmation and submit it as part of your supporting documents.

The City of Oakland requires that all delinquent parking tickets be cleared (paid or adjudicated) prior to issuance of any permit for a particular vehicle. To obtain citation information or pay your citation, call (800) 500-6484 or click here to go to the online payment system.

How to Get a Residential Parking Permit

  • Complete the application: Click here to download the application
  • Provide the qualifying documents (the name and address on the application must match those on the documents):
    • Current vehicle registration (must be registered in California to the address where permit is requested)
    • Current California identification
    • Current utility bill (a gas, electric, water or garbage bill issued within the last 30 days) or a lease agreement at address where permit is requested

Payment of Fees
The cost of a permit varies by area. See fees section below.

Applications and support documents can be submitted in person or mailed to:
Parking Citation Assistance Center
Attn: Residential Parking Permits
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once you receive a permit, click here for an instruction sheet on correct permit placement on your vehicle.

How to Renew a Residential Parking Permit

Permit holders that receive a letter indicating they are eligible for online renewal, should click here to go to the online renewal system

In-Person or By Mail
Parking Citation Assistance Center
Attn: Residential Parking Permits
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6300
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Four Types of Permits

1.Regular Residential Permits (Areas A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, J, K, L, M, N)

Regular Residential Parking Permits are are valid for 12 months based on the following schedule:
Area C and M expire on June 30
Area A, B, D, E expire on August 31
Area F through L expire December 31
Area N expire on March 31

There are limits to the number of residential permits that will be issued per address:
Area F: 1
Areas A, B, C, D, E, G, I, J, K, L: 3
Area M: No limit
Area N: 2  

2.Merchant Permits (Areas A, B, C, D, F)

Merchants receive one transferable hanging permit. A copy of the current business license, applicant's driver license and current California vehicle registration must accompany the completed application.

Maximum number of merchant permits that can be issued per business license -- either 2 stickers or 1 transferable permit  

3.Visitor Permits (1-day and 2-week temporary permits for visitors)

Residents may purchase temporary permits for visitors. Visitor permits are hanging permits valid for one day or two weeks. A resident may purchase up to five of both on any calendar day.

Temporary and Visitor Permits (All areas except M):

Two Week Temporary Permit - $5
One Day Temporary Permit - $1

Temporary and Visitor Permits (Area M Residential Accounts only):
Two Week Temporary Permit - $50
One Day Visitor Permits - $10

4.New Vehicle Permits (90-day temporary permit for new vehicles without a permanent license plate)

A New Vehicle Permit is a hanging temporary permit valid for 90 days and issued to a new vehicle that does not yet have permanent license plates. Once California license plates have been issued, the New Vehicle Permit must be exchanged for an annual bumper sticker. There is no fee for the exchange.

Residential New Annual, New Vehicle and Renewal Permits
All Areas except E, M and N - $35*
Area E**- no charge
Area M - $150

Merchant New Annual and Renewal Permits - $85
Area M - $150

Permit Replacement Fee - $10

**In Area E, Area N (first year) and some parts of Areas A and G there is no fee for Residential New Annual, New Vehicle and Renewal Permits. For more information or to see if your address qualifies, please call 1-800-500-6484. 

Want to Establish a Residential Parking Permit in Your Neighborhood?
Individuals interested in implementing a Residential Permit Parking in their neighborhoods should visit and review FAQs No. 20-28. Click here to view the applications and petition forms. For additional information, call the Transportation Services of Oakland Public Works Agency at (510) 238-3466.


Disabled Parking

photo of disabled parking sign

Disabled Person Parking Privileges
Disabled Persons with a valid parking placard or license plate and Disabled Veterans with a valid license plate issued by the California DMV may park:

  • In parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol).
  • Next to a blue curb authorized for persons with disabilities parking.
  • Next to a green curb (green curbs indicate limited time parking) for as long as you wish. There is no time limit with a DP placard, DP license plates or DV license plates.
  • In an on-street metered parking space at no charge for as long as you wish. There is no time limit with a DP placard, DP license plates or DV license plates.
  • In an area that indicates it requires a resident or merchant permit for as long as you wish. There is no time limit with a DP placard, DP license plates or DV license plates.

Disabled Person Parking Limitations
You may not park:

  • In spaces marked with a crosshatched pattern next to a parking space with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol). These spaces are for wheelchair and wheelchair lift access.
  • Next to red curbs, which indicate no stopping, standing or parking.
  • Next to yellow curbs, which are for commercial vehicles to load and unload passengers or freight.
  • Next to white curbs, which are for loading and unloading passengers or depositing mail in an adjacent mailbox.

You may qualify for a DP placard or DP license plates if you have impaired mobility due to having lost use of one or more lower extremities, or both hands, or have a diagnosed disease that substantially impairs or interferes with mobility, or one who is severely disabled to be unable to move without the aid of an assistive device. You may also qualify if you have specific, documented visual problems, including lower-vision or partial-sightedness. To learn more, please visit the California DMV's web page at

Fraudulent Use of Placards and Plates
Please note that the City of Oakland takes fraudulent use of parking placards and license plates seriously.
The disabled driver who was issued the placard or plate is the only person who can use the parking placard or plates for parking.
It is illegal to do the following (and you may be subject to citation and fines):

  • Lend your placard to another
  • Use someone else's placard
  • Possess or display a counterfeit placard or license plates

Please report fraudulent use of placards and plates to Parking Enforcement dispatch at (510) 238-3099.

Disabled Parking Zone (“Blue Zone”) Program

The Disabled Parking Zone program responds to requests for the establishment of residential and non-residential designated disabled parking zones. The program installs a "blue zone" in residential areas when there is a demonstrated need for designated on-street parking for persons with disabilities. The "blue zone" typically consists of a 20-foot-long painted blue curb and a posted sign with the international symbol of accessibility. The City does not install blue zones in residential areas for paratransit drop-off and pick-up locations. Businesses may also request on-street blue zone installation if specified criteria are met. Please review the Policy summary below for more information about non-residential blue zone requests.

Please note that the City must consider the parking needs of all residents when approving requests for blue zones.

For more information, please contact:
Darian Avelino, Transportation Engineer
Oakland Public Works, Transportation Services Division
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-6602
TTY: (510) 238-3254 



Parking Obstruction Permits

Photo of door to door container

Are You Moving? If you are planning to place a pod/portable storage unit or park a moving truck on a public street or right of way, you will need an Obstruction Permit.

An Obstruction Permit allows you to place the pod, portable storage unit or moving truck in the public right of way in a designated parking space for a designated period of time. The Obstruction Permit notifies the neighboring property owners that specified spaces will not be available for the permitted period of time. You may only block the frontage of the parcel you are moving from or to. You need to post the NO PARKING sign(s) that you receive as part of the Obstruction Permit at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to your start date in a residential area. A parking space is typically 25 linear feet.

To obtain an Obstruction Permit, please visit the Permit Center at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor. The building is across from Oakland City Hall near the 12th Street/City Center BART Station. For Permit Center hours, please visit

Once you arrive at the Permit Center's Information Counter, ask for an Obstruction Permit. When your number is called, proceed to the indicated counter.
When applying for a permit, please bring the following information with you:

  • Site address
  • Dates required
  • If related to work requiring permit, please reference permit application number
  • Is parking metered or non-metered? If metered, please provide meter number
  • Number of parking spaces required. One parking space is 25 feet long
  • Contact phone number for the company or individual applying for the permit

If you need to obstruct a traffic lane, you will need to develop a traffic control plan. Refer to the Traffic Engineering website at

Cost of Permit
The cost of an Obstruction Permit varies by length of days of the pod/unit placement, the number of parking spaces required and whether its a metered or non-metered space.

For example, a permit for one day and one non-metered (25 foot) parking space costs approximately $101, while a permit for two days and two metered spaces costs about $240. The Permit Center accepts cash, checks (payable to the City of Oakland) and most major credit cards. For more information, please call the Permit Center at (510) 238-3443. 



City-Owned Parking Garages and Off-Street Parking Lots

Parking garages and off-street parking lots represent an essential component of Oakland's parking systems. The City's off-street parking facilities are designed and operated to work in concert with on-street parking.

To find a City-owned garage or lot near your work place or favorite shop or restaurant, check out the Oakland Parking Map below. 

Inquiries concerning a particular garage should be directed to the parking operator. Contact information can be found on the map below by clicking on the “P” linked to the garage.

Inquiries concerning monthly parking permits available on a limited basis at certain metered surface lots should be directed to the City by calling (510) 238-6154.   


View City of Oakland Parking in a larger map


Street Sweeping

photo of no parking sign for street sweeping from 3 to 6 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Be sure to look for the street sweeping signs when you park your vehicle.

Regular street sweeping keeps our streets cleaner and safer while helping to reduce the amount of trash that enters the storm drain system, which flows into San Francisco Bay. The City's street sweeping schedule provides the time needed for street sweeping routes to be completed while preserving on-street parking for residents and businesses.

Major arterials and commercial areas are swept at night and residential areas are swept during the day. Notification is posted by official signage with restricted times on each block so that vehicles can be moved accordingly.

For more information on street sweeping, including holidays when sweeping does not occur, please visit our Street Sweeping web page.

photo of City of Oakland street sweeper cleaning a residential street


Report a Broken Meter

If you notice a broken meter, please note the meter number or nearby street address and report it to the Oakland Public Works Call Center by:
  Phone: (510) 615-5566
  SeeClickFix Mobile App: