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The parking of any vehicle is prohibited between the hours of 2-5 a.m. on any residential street, or within 300 feet of any residential area in Menlo Park. The parking ordinance is in effect 7 days a week (City observed holidays exempted).
In order to avoid being issued a citation, parked vehicles must have a valid overnight parking permit displayed or a valid DMV issued disabled person placard or disabled person license plates.
Each Menlo Park household has access to 50 temporary permits available for purchase between January and June and another 50 available July through December. Proof of residency is required for purchase. Permits are $2 each and can be purchased in advance and used as needed. We accept cash, check and Visa/MasterCard.
Overnight parking permits can be requested via online or in person at the Police Department. Please read the requirements below before placing an order for temporary permits.
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Parking and permits
Certain addresses in Menlo Park may qualify for an annual overnight parking permit. Qualifying addresses are limited to those apartment buildings that lack adequate off-street parking spaces (less than two spaces per unit) and are zoned R3.
Contact us to see if your address qualifies and has permits available.
If eligible to purchase an annual permit the cost is $150. The annual permit cycle begins September 1 and expires August 31 of the following year. Permit costs are prorated by month if purchased after the onset of a permit cycle.
All applicants interested in purchasing an annual overnight permit are required to present a lease or utility bill as proof of residency and current California vehicle registration. The same name must be listed on both documents. We are unable to issue permits to vehicles registered outside of California.
Since being enacted in 1963 Menlo Park’s overnight parking ordinance has been upheld by the courts, survived several majority votes of city residents and has been actively enforced since its inception. The benefits of the ordinance to city residents and businesses include: