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Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Renewal FAQs


1. What is the RPP Program?
The primary purpose of the RPP program is to protect neighborhoods from an influx of non-resident vehicles and preserve parking for neighborhood residents in the vicinity of their homes.  When displayed on one's vehicle, the RPP permit exempts the vehicle from the two-hour parking time restriction imposed on non-residential vehicles in the specific zone. (Street sweeping restrictions still apply.)  Vehicles without an RPP permit are limited to two-hour parking in any RPP zone, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday in some areas.  The RPP program is currently in effect in sixteen (16) zones to the north, west, and south of the UC Berkeley campus. 

2. When will my RPP permit and visitor permit expire?
All RPP permit sand visitor permits expire on June 30.  To avoid citations, renew your permits online or postmark your renewal envelope by May 31 to receive your permit by July 1. To renew in person visit our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This office is closed on Fridays and City Holidays. 

3. Who can renew their 2019 RPP permit and/or visitor permit online?
Berkeley residents who have received their renewal letter in the mail that contains their login information (account number and PIN) can renew their existing annual RPP permit online.  Residents can also purchase up to twenty (20) one-day visitor parking permits per permitted vehicle online. 
 

*The online RPP renewal season is now closed.

4. How much does a 2019 Residential Preferential Parking permit cost?
The 2019 Residential Preferential Parking permit costs $66.00.

5. May I purchase visitor parking permits online? If so, how many and what is the cost?
Community members may purchase up to twenty (20) one-day visitor parking permits per permitted vehicle online, ONLY at the time of your annual permit renewal. The cost per visitor permit is $3.00.  

 6. I currently have a delinquent citation. May I renew my 2019 RPP permit and/or visitor permits online?
You may pay citations online when renewing your RPP permit. You may also visit www.cityofberkeley.info/parkingcitations to pay citations.  For more payment options, information or to pay your citation by phone, please call:  866-226-9288. All delinquent parking citations must be paid prior to renewing your 2019 RPP permit.

 7. Is there a convenience fee to renew my 2019 RPP permit and/or visitor permit online?
Yes.  There is a $2.00 convenience fee that will be applied at the end of your transaction.

 8. I currently have a 2018 RPP permit but have not received my 2019 renewal in the mail.  Can you confirm the date and address for my renewal?
Permits are mailed to the address on file from last year.  Please contact Customer Service by calling 510-981-2489, to confirm the address we have on file. 
 

 9. I am scheduled to travel abroad.  Can I bring my renewal form into the Customer Service Center?  Will I still be required to provide a copy of my current DMV registration?
Please complete the front of the notice and visit our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street, Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  This office is closed on Fridays and City holidays. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card (Visa and MasterCard accepted).  A copy of your current DMV registration is required. 

 10. I am receiving an error notice when trying to renew online.  Who do I contact?
Please contact the Customer Service Center at (510) 981-2489. 

 11. Can I renew my RPP by phone?
RPP permits cannot be renewed by phone. You may renew online, by mail, or you may renew in person by visiting our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This office is closed on Fridays and City holidays. 

 12. I lost or never received my 2019 RPP permit renewal notice. How can I obtain my account number and PIN?
Please contact the Customer Service Center at (510) 981-2489 to receive a reprint of your renewal notice.  Renewal notices will only be mailed to the registered address on file.

13. Where do I place my RPP permit and 1-day visitor permits?
RPP permits must be affixed to the left rear bumper of the designated vehicle. Visitor permits must be displayed (hung) on the rear view mirror facing forward.

14. If I purchase a new vehicle during the year, do I need to obtain a new RPP permit?
A new permit is required when you purchase a new vehicle.
Please Note: All vehicles must be registered to a valid residential address within the City of Berkeley in order to receive an RPP permit. Also, please be aware that RPPs are not transferable between vehicles, nor are they refundable.
             
15. What should I do if I move from one RPP area to another?
Community members have to purchase a new RPP permit if they move from one RPP area to another. 

16. Are Visitor permits valid throughout the City?
Visitor permits are valid only for the RPP area for which they were purchased. Visitor permits do not allow parking at colored curbs or tow away zones, during street sweeping times, or other limited zones or at parking meters.

17. May I apply for a new RPP permit online?
Currently, you may only renew RPP permits online.  Applications for new permits are not accepted online.

18. How long will it take to receive my 2019 RPP permit and/or visitor permits after renewing online?
Permits may take 3-4 weeks to receive your permits in the mail after renewing online. 

 19. Can I go back online to purchase 1- day visitor permits after I already purchased my annual permit?
You may purchase 1-day visitor permits online ONLY at the time of your annual permit renewal. 

 20. The area on my renewal is not correct.  Can I still renew online?
Permits should not be renewed online if any information is not correct. 
Please visit our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This office is closed Fridays and City holidays.

 21. How many annual permits may I purchase at my address?
Effective July 1, 2018, a maximum of three (3) Annual Permits may be issued to a single address, which will help ensure that on-street parking is not used for long-term storage of cars.  Households in need of more than three Annual Permits may request a waiver of this limit, and if approved, each additional Annual Permit will incur a $100 surcharge in addition to the permit fee.  Waiver forms are available at the City's Customer Service Center or may be requested by emailing rpp@cityofberkeley.info.

22. There is a new license plate on my vehicle.  Do I need to purchase a new RPP permit? 
Your RPP permit is linked to the license plate number we have on file.  If you obtain a new license plate, they will not match and you may receive a parking citation.  Please contact Customer Service at cscounter@cityofberkeley.info to provide updated license plate information.  A new RPP permit is not required.

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