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  • Preferential Parking Districts

    Parking is a key component of Pasadena's transportation program. The City has addressed parking problems associated with educational institutions, entertainment uses, religious institutions, commercial activities, special events, and the Gold Line Light Rail service. Experience with such programs underscores the need for the City to foster ongoing coordination and cooperation among businesses, institutions, residents, and governmental agencies in order to address parking needs in a collaborative manner.

    In 2003, the Department undertook an extensive review of potential parking impacts throughout the City in areas adjacent to Gold Line Light Rail service. After review and analysis, the Department established a comprehensive parking management plan at each station consisting of on-street parking prohibitions to restrict parking during certain hours of the day and, in some locations, the establishment of preferential permit parking districts.

    The Department also prepared a booklet "An Overview of Common Parking Issues, Parking Management Options, and Creative Solutions", to assist neighborhoods in addressing parking problems. This booklet is used to develop parking solutions within the context of the NTMP.

    The City developed a Preferential Permit Parking (PPP) program in response to neighborhood complaints regarding spill-over parking from nearby non-residential uses, such as schools, businesses, and churches. Since Pasadena is an older city, many of the existing buildings do not have adequate off-street parking so occupants of these older buildings rely on on-street parking to accommodate their guests, employees, patrons and/or students.

    Unless restricted or prohibited, everyone has the right to park on any public street. However, the City also believes that residents and their guests should be able to park in their neighborhood. In areas where residents or their guests are consistently being forced to park two or three blocks away because the street parking on their street is being used by students, employees, patrons and/or guests of a nearby non-residential use, those residents may request the City to conduct investigation.

    How many types of Preferential Parking Permits are there?

    There are three types of preferential parking permits:

    Resident Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is eligible to receive up to three (3) residential parking placards, with the submission of a current and valid vehicle registration. The address on the vehicle registration must match the address of the residence which qualifies for a preferential parking permit. These placards are to be used by persons residing at the property.

    Visitor Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is automatically eligible for three (3) visitor permit placards. These placards are to be used by persons who are visiting or conducting business in their home. Please monitor the use of these placards and be responsible for their return and reuse.

    Daily Permit
    Each household within an established PPP district, where the restriction has been posted after a voting process, is eligible to receive guest daily hang tags which are distributed in batches of 10 to be used for guests.

    Is there a cost to obtain Preferential Parking Permits?

    Previously Preferential Parking Permits were free of charge however, effective July 1, 2012, a fee for these permits was established as part of the General Fee Schedule to pay for the cost of administering the program. The following is a list of fees associated with Preferential Parking Permits:

    The fee for the initial set of Preferential Parking Permits which includes up to 3 Residential Permits, 3 Guest Permits, and 10 One-Day hang tags is $10.

    Each additional 10 pack of One-Day hang tags is $5. 

    Who should I contact to purchase or request Preferential Parking Permits?

    Please contact the Parking Office located at 221 E. Walnut St., Suite 199 or call the following number to request permits (626) 744-7665.

    What should I do if I am having a party and live in a Preferential Parking Area?

    If you live in a preferential parking area and you are having a party you may purchase one day hang tags to distribute to your guests. If you expect 40 vehicles or more you may request a Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption for a fee of $20. The following is the process to obtain your Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption:  

    1. Please contact the Parking Office with your request for a Special Event Preferential Parking Exemption.
    2. Prepare a notification letter to be distributed to all affected residents and/or businesses. Please be sure your notification letter provides the date, hours, number of expected vehicles, street name(s) including boundaries/limits you requesting an exemption. A sample notification letter is attached for your reference. 
    3.  Forward a copy of your notification letter along with the attached signed notification statement to the Parking Office. 
    4. The Parking Office will review your information and provide you with a confirmation number. A confirmation number is required for your exemption to be valid. 
    5.  Please contact the Parking Office at (626) 744-7665 with any questions. 
    6.  The fee to process a Special Event preferential parking exemption is $20.

    Who can I contact if I would like information related to planning of a Preferential Parking District?

    If you are interested in obtaining additional information related to the planning, evaluation or process of the City's PPP program, please contact:

    Traffic Division
    626.744.8723

    If you live within an established PPP district and have questions related to enforcement and permit issuance, please contact:

    Parking Division
    626-744-7665

    Useful Documents

  • Current Preferential Parking Districts in Pasadena

    Currently a total of 8 Preferential Permit Parking Districts are established in the City:

  • Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium

    Please note: Holiday Overnight Parking Citation Moratorium – 2 am to 6 am, from December 23 thru January 3. Vehicles legally parked on the street during the aforementioned hours and dates will not receive a citation for overnight parking. Overnight parking citations will resume being issued the morning of January 4, at 2 am.


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  • Contact Us


    221 East Walnut Street, Suite 199
    Pasadena, CA 91101
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    Phone: (626) 744-7665

    Fax: (626) 578-0746

    Office Hours:

    Mon, Tues, Thurs - 7:30am - 5pm

    Wed - 9am - 5pm

    Every Fri - 7:30am - 4pm

    (except holidays) - Holiday & Closed Friday Schedule

    For permits, please click here: Parking Permits

    Schedule a parking permit appointment with DOT: Schedule an Appointment for a Parking Permit