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City of Santa Barbara, Downtown Parking


1221 Anacapa Street / Santa Barbara, CA 93101



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  1. Monthly parking permits are NOT transferable. Permit may only be used by the person and the vehicle (s) listed on this application. This contract may be terminated by either party with a 30-day notice. Notice can be given to the Downtown Parking Office at: 1221 Anacapa Street / Santa Barbara, CA 93101 / (805) 564-5656, Option 3 or Email:
  2. Monthly parking fees shall be paid in advance. All checks shall be made payable to the CITY OF SANTA BARBARA. Payments not received by the 15th day of the month shall be DELINQUENT and the permit will be subject to termination. NOTE: All unpaid balances assigned for collections will be assessed a 45% collection surcharge.
  3. Assigned Parking Areas or Levels must be observed. Monthly Permit holders may not park on the ground level of any garage at any time. Failure to observe this policy may result in termination. PERMIT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SPOT IF PARKING LOT IS FULL.
  4. All parking permits are issued on a calendar month basis (i.e. 1st through 31st). The monthly fee shall not be pro-rated at the beginning or the end of this contract.
  5. There will be a $20.00 charge for replacement of lost or stolen permits, or for permits damaged beyond normal wear and tear. Please notify the Parking Office immediately if your permit has been lost or stolen.
  6. All monthly permit parkers must use their permit to gain entrance into the lot and to exit it. Failure to comply with this procedure may result in termination. If you know you do not have your parking permit, please contact the Parking Office in advance for exiting instructions.
  7. Please notify the Parking Office of any changes to your address, vehicle license(s), employment information, or phone number.
  8. If using a “hang tag” style permit the Permit Holder is required to display the identifying permit on the rear view mirror as long as the vehicle is parked in the lot. The permit MUST be visible to City Parking Staff and City Police. A permit is not valid if permit is not properly displayed.
  9. License Plate Recognition (LPR) is supplemental to your physical permit card. Please keep your permit card available for use as a backup in the event LPR does not read your plate to raise the entrance or exit gate.
  10. Only a Permit Holder may use an LPR linked permit to access the parking lot. You must opt-out of LPR for vehicles used by to multiple drivers.
  11. Your permit can be terminated if you allow non-permit holders to use your LPR registered license plate to gain access to the parking lot without paying hourly parking fees.
  12. A Permit Holder must notify the Parking Office within 5 business days if the holder will no longer be driving a vehicle authorized for LPR permit access.
  13. A front license plate is required to use LPR. If your vehicle is not required to display a front plate (CVC § 5200), please opt-out of LPR.
Waitlists are offered only at Lots 9 (separate application), 13, and Helena:
  • Only complete applications (with CA vehicle registration included) will be accepted onto the waitlist.  
  • When a space opens, it will be offered to the first person on the wait list.  We will contact the applicant via the email address on their application and give them three business days to respond and pay the first month fee.  Applicants will receive only one notification of their selection – no reminders or follow-ups will be sent.  If the applicant does not respond within three business days, we will move to the next person on the list. 
  • An applicant will be offered a permit a maximum of two times before being removed from the wait list.
  • Applicants will be contacted every three-years on the wait list to determine continued interest.

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