Parking Changes

First 90 minutes free parking and other new benefits

The City’s downtown parking program implemented exciting changes effective Aug. 3, 2020.  

The most notable rate change:  90 Minutes of FREE Parking to all downtown visitors parking in the following garages:

The 90-minute period of free parking replaces the previous validation program.  The new program is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Easy-to-understand program for merchants and customers
  • Equity to all downtown businesses and visitors who park at City garages
  • Provides costs savings to businesses by eliminating the $0.30-per-validation cost
  • Reduces high-touch interactions by eliminating the need for customers to bring parking tickets to merchant for validation 
  • Continues to support downtown businesses during the pandemic


In the garages, the weekday (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) rates after the first 90 FREE minutes will be $1 per 15 minutes up to a maximum rate of $25.

Weekdays from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, after the first 90 minutes, the rate will be $1 per $15 minutes up to a maximum rate of $10.

Additionally, the City has adopted a new Discounted Downtown Employee Parking Permit program providing a 50% discount to those employees working in the downtown and earning $20 or less per hour (employment and wage verified during application).

The City will also resumed paid parking at all on-street meters within the downtown core at the current $2-per-hour rates.

For additional information on parking rates and programs, please contact the City’s parking operator at 408-794-1090.

Info for Businesses

Businesses:  Here are some easy steps for you to follow regarding the parking changes:
 
1) Take those old VALIDATION stickers off your windows
2) Bring your validation machine back to the SP+ parking office at Market & San Pedro Square Garage
3) Cut and paste onto your websites:
 

90 Minutes of FREE Parking to all downtown visitors parking in the following garages:


The 90-minute period of free parking replaces the previous validation program.