Parking Matters

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Free 2015 Holiday Parking

Hours & RatesTypes of Parking MetersParking HolidaysDowntown Parking Study
Smart Parking MetersPay a Parking TicketStreet SweepingCurb Colors and What They Mean
City-Owned Garages & LotsWhat to Do If Your Car Is BootedReport a Broken MeterParking Fines
What to Do If Your Car Is TowedParking Obstruction PermitsContest a Parking TicketResidential Parking Permits
Disabled ParkingRequest a Refund for OverpaymentCreate Account/Alert SystemRequest an Administrative Hearing


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.
  • 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 October 2013. Click here to view the resolution and accompanying staff reports. A report on parking statistics can be found here
  • You may report illegally parked vehicles to Parking Enforcement dispatch at (510) 238-3099.

News & Highlights

  • June 2015: Oakland Public Works is beginning a Downtown Oakland Parking Study which builds on similar studies conducted previously in Jack London, Montclair and Temescal neighborhoods. Current conditions and peer-City reviews, data collection and analysis, surveys and public outreach will result in a series of deliverables culminating in a Parking Management Report. Click here to find out more about the study.Photo of new parking meter heads being installed in May-July 2014
  • April 2015: Public Works will be replacing the last of the multi-space parking kiosks in Montclair Village with individual Smart Parking Meters. Click here to review the project key points.
  • August 2014: City of Oakland began a flexible parking meter pricing program in Montclair Village. Click here to find out more about the flexible pricing program
  • July 2014:  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.
  • 2014: Smart parking meters have been installed throughout Oakland. Click here to learn more about smart meters.


Free 2015 Holiday Parking

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In the spirit of the holidays and to stimulate shopping in Oakland’s commercial districts in support of local merchants, the City of Oakland will offer free parking every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday which is November 27.

Free parking at meters on streets throughout Oakland for the time period posted on the meter or kiosk (30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours or 5 hours) will occur on:

  • Plaid Friday, November 27
  • Saturday, November 28
  • Saturday, December 5
  • Saturday, December 12
  • Saturday, December 19
  • Saturday, December 26

The free parking “holidays” apply to both standard meters and the multi-space parking kiosks located in many commercial districts. To keep the flow of shoppers moving – standard parking rules and time limits will be enforced. If shoppers need more time than a particular meter allows, they will need to move their cars to another available parking space.

Participating City-Owned Lots

The free holiday parking also applies to the following City-owned lots equipped with meters on designated Saturdays and Plaid Friday:

  • Grand Avenue Lot in the 3200 block of Grand Avenue
  • LakePark lot under I-580 between Grand and Lakeshore avenues
  • Piedmont Avenue Lot on Howe Street between 40th and 41st streets
  • Parkway Lot on Wayne Avenue near Park Boulevard and E. 18th Street

Participating City-Owned Garages

The free holiday parking also applies to the following City-owned garages on designated Saturdays and Plaid Friday:

  • Frank Mar Garage – 12th & Harrison streets
  • Franklin Street Garage – 19th & Franklin streets
  • Montclair Garage – 6235 LaSalle Avenue
  • Clay Street Garage – 14th and Clay streets



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 Oakland Public Works. 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 results of the Administrative Review, you may request to be scheduled for an Administrative Hearing. You must request the Administrative Hearing within 21 calendar days from the mailing date of the Initial Review decision. Once those 21 calendar days have passed, you are no longer entitled to an Administrative Hearing. A hearing can be requested in person or by mail to:

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

State law requires that you pay the fine owed on the citation before you request an Administrative Hearing.

If the Hearing Officer rules in your favor, you will be issued a refund 4-6 weeks of the date of the Hearing Officer's decision.

You may request a Hearing Deposit Waiver if you meet the "very low income" criteria of the most current Federal Poverty Guideline.

  • If your Hearing Deposit Waiver is approved, you will be allowed to hearing without payment of the parking penalty. If you are found liable, the citation must be paid within 10 days from the decision letter to avoid further penalties.
  • If your Payment Waiver request is denied, the parking penalty must be paid for the hearing to proceed. If not paid timely, you will no longer be entitled to an Administrative Hearing.

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*:

If you cannot attend the scheduled hearing you can:

  1. Request a hearing by mail and send us a letter detailing your dispute and mail us all the required documentation.
  2. 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.

*Per California Vehicle Code section 40215(b), only ONE rescheduling is allowed


Create Account/Alert System

By creating an account you are able to receive notifications:

  • When new citations are issued.
  • Before penalties are applied.
  • After a mail-in payment is applied.
  • About upcoming hearings.Before I become Boot Eligible.
  • Upcoming Resident Parking Permit Renewal.
  • City of Oakland Parking announcements.

Create Account


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 your 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 (name and address on application must match those on the documents):
    • Current vehicle registration
    • Current California identification
    • Current utility bill (a gas, electric, water or garbage bill issued within the last 30 days) at address where permit is requested
    • Current rental or lease agreement at address where permit is requested (if you are the property owner, please provide documentation demonstrating ownership such as mortgage statement, property tax bill or deed. (Note: You can redact all financial related information).

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

Applications and supporting 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, O)

Regular Residential Parking Permits are valid for 12 months based on the following schedule:
Area C, M,and O 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, M)

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.

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, although the fees for a temporary is equal the fee for the regular permit.

Residential Parking Permits
 New Account Annual$ 82.00 all areas* except M
 New Account Prorated$ 57.00 all areas* except M
 All renewals$ 59.00 all areas* except M
 Visitor 1 day (each)$   5.00 all areas* except M
 Visitor 2 weeks (each)$ 25.00 all areas* except M
Area M
 New Account Annual$ 160.00
 New Account Prorated$ 115.00
 All Renewals$ 160.00
 Visitor 1-Day (each)$ 10.00
 Visitor 2-Weeks (each)$ 50.00
Merchants/Business Parking Permits
 New Account Annual$ 96.00 all areas* except M
 New Account Prorated$ 67.00 all areas* except M
 All Renewals$ 96.00 all areas* except M
All Areas
 Permit Replacement Fee$10.00 – Must provide valid documentation in order to receive a replacement (maximum 1 replacement per year).

* Please check if you are in a "free" area. Some areas may not have a fee. The "free" area is temporary, and fee can be applied on the following year.

** 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 (800) 500-6484. 

Want to Establish a Residential Parking Permit in Your Neighborhood?
Individuals interested in implementing a Residential Permit Parking in their neighborhoods click here to view the applications and petition forms. For additional information, call the Transportation Services of Oakland Public Works 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) 874-7170.   

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: