Santa Rosa to resume charging for parking fees Downtown starting July 1

with new free and reduced-price parking options

The City of Santa Rosa will resume charging for hourly and permit parking in Downtown beginning July 1, 2020. As health restrictions have been lifted, business activity and demand for parking has increased Downtown, and this resumption of parking fees aims to help ensure that parking spaces are available to support restaurants and retail businesses.

The City is offering new free and reduced-price parking options beginning July 1 through the end of the year. These new prices for parking options are effective from July 1 through December 31, 2020, and include:

  • Free parking for the 1st hour at all five City parking garages
  • Free garage parking between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Friday
  • Free garage parking all day on Saturday and Sunday
  • Value Zone parking meter rates reduced to $0.75/hour
  • One free metered parking validation session up to $3.15 when using the Passport Parking mobile app (use validation code: PARKSR)
  • Waiver of meter reservation fees for businesses to make temporary use of the public right of way for parklets, outdoor seating, and expanded outdoor retail space

All parking fees will continue to be waived through the end of June 2020.

The Parking front counter will re-open to the public on June 22, 2020, with limited hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. California law requires those needing counter service wear a face covering and maintain six feet of physical distance from other people before entering the building. Parking citations and appeals can be completed online at

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Whether you are coming to Santa Rosa for business or pleasure - to shop in one of the charming stores or dine at one of the delightful restaurants, we want your visit to be enjoyable!

The Parking Division

  • Manages parking for the downtown business area, Railroad Square and eight restricted residential parking zones
  • Serves over 2 million patrons annually
  • Maintains five multi-level parking garages and nine surface parking lots
  • Oversees 4,500 total parking spaces
  • Provides enforcement of parking meters, time zones and other restricted parking areas to ensure availability and turn-over of parking spaces

Park Smart Safety Tips

  • Lock your vehicles doors and windows
  • Remove valuables from your car
  • Remove all electronic adapters and cords
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas
  • If you have an alarm system, activate it
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police or parking attendant