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Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Renewal FAQs

1. What is the RPP Program?

The purpose is to protect neighborhoods from an influx of non-resident vehicles and preserve parking for neighborhood residents in the vicinity of their homes. The RPP permit exempts the vehicle from the two-hour parking time restriction imposed on non-residential vehicles in the specific area. Street sweeping restrictions still apply.  Vehicles without an active RPP permit are limited to two-hour parking in any RPP area, 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) areas across the City of Berkeley.

2. When will my RPP permit and visitor permit expire?
Due to the transition to a new parking management system during the Fiscal Year 2020 renewal season, 2019 permits will expire on August 31, 2019. In general, RPP permits and visitor permits are valid from July 1 through June 30.

3. How long will it take to receive my annual RPP permit after I apply?

It depends on the way you applied:

  • In-person: Same day
    Visit the Customer Center at 1947 Center Street, 1st Floor.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30AM – 4:00PM. This office is closed on Fridays and City holidays. 
  • Online:         5-7 business days
  • Mail:             10-15 business days

 4How much does a 2020 Residential Preferential Parking permit cost?
The cost is $66.00.  Pro-rated annual permits from January to June are $33.00.

 5. How many annual permits may I purchase at my address? 
A maximum of three (3) Annual Permits may be issued to a single address to 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 $100.00 surcharge in addition to the permit fee.  Waiver forms are available at the Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street Monday through Thursday, 8:30AM - 4:00PM.  This office is closed Fridays and City holidays.  You may also request a waiver by emailing

6. May I purchase visitor parking permits online? If so, how many and what is the cost?
Residents may purchase twenty (20) one-day visitor parking permits per permitted vehicle online, ONLY at the time of your annual permit renewal. The cost per one-day visitor permit is $3.00.  Residents who wish to purchase less than 20 one-day visitor permits may do so by mail or in person only.

 7I currently have a delinquent citation. May I renew my annual RPP permit and/or visitor permits online? 
You must pay delinquent citations before you are eligible to renew your annual RPP permit.  You may pay your citations in one of the following ways:

Parking Permit Renewal

PO Box 29

Berkeley, CA 94701

  • In-Person: Customer Service Counter

1947 Center Street, 1st Floor

Open: Monday to Thursday, 8:30AM to 4:00PM

 8. Is there a convenience fee to renew my 2020 RPP permit and/or visitor permit online? 

Yes.  There is a convenience fee. 

 9I have not received a renewal notice.  Can you confirm the date and address for my renewal?
Notices are mailed to the address on file from last year.  Contact 1-844-855-2333 to confirm the address we have on file. 

 10I 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, 
1st Floor, 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).  A copy of your current DMV registration is required.  

 11I received an error notice when trying to renew online.  Who do I contact?
Contact 1-844-855-2333. 

 12. Can I renew my RPP by phone?
RPP permits cannot be renewed by phone. You may renew online (, by mail, or in person by visiting our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street 1st Floor Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This office is closed on Fridays and City holidays.  

13. 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. All vehicles must be registered to a valid residential address within the City of Berkeley in order to receive an RPP permit. RPPs are not transferrable between vehicles, nor are they refundable.
14. What should I do if I move from one RPP area to another?
Residents have to purchase a new RPP permit if they move from one RPP area to another.

15. 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 parking meters, colored curbs or tow away zones, during street sweeping times, or other limited zones. 

16. May I apply for a new RPP permit online?
Yes. Visit

 17. Can I go back online to purchase one- day visitor permits after I already purchased my annual permit?
Currently no.

 18The area on my renewal is not correct.  Can I still renew online? 
No, permits should not be renewed online if any information is not correct.  However, you can apply for a new permit online for the correct area by visiting  Or, you may visit our Customer Service Center at 1947 Center Street Monday through Thursday, 8:30am - 4:00pm.  This office is closed Fridays and City holidays. 

 19There is a new license plate on my vehicle.  Do I need to purchase a new RPP permit? 
No, please contact Customer Service at with your name, address, and updated license plate information.

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