The City of Paso Robles is excited to announce the launch of an innovative parking system. Solar powered parking pay stations have been installed in downtown Paso Robles.
Paid parking hours are Daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Patrons will be given 2 hours of free parking per day after they enter their license plate. Parking is $1.00 per hour after the free 2 hours. Customers can pay with debit card, credit card, or the new mobile payment app, WayToPark. Additionally, 3 pay stations accept cash. The cash enabled pay stations are conveniently located at: 11th St. and Park St, (near the horseshoe pits), 12th St. and Pine St. (on the southwest corner) and 13th St. and Park St. (on the southeast corner).
Parking is free on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
- Paid Parking Frequently Asked Questions
- Paid Parking Frequently Asked Questions - Español
- Pay Station and Mobile App How-To’s
- Parking Citation Payment Portal
- Parking Citation Appeals Process
- Downtown Merchant Parking Packet
- Merchant Validation Form
Employee Parking Permit Program
The Paso Robles Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program provides downtown business owners and employees a low-cost option for parking in the downtown core. Permits are $5 per month, per vehicle. Parking is available in 5 public parking lots in the downtown core.
Downtown business owners and employees have 4 options available to purchase a Downtown Employee Permit:
- Purchase a monthly permit for a single vehicle
- Purchase a monthly permit for multiple vehicles (bulk)
- Purchase an annual permit for a single vehicle
- Purchase an annual permit for multiple vehicles (bulk)
Senior Parking Permit Program
The senior parking permit application period for 2022 is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.
Permits are valid from April 1st – March 31st. With the Senior Permit, seniors can park in any paid parking space Downtown without additional payment.
Senior permit requirements:
- Must be 65 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license
- Must be a Paso Robles resident (within City limits)
- Must be the registered owner of the vehicle
- Must not be a Downtown employee or business owner
- Limited to 500 permits annually
- Limited to 1 permit per household (1 vehicle)
- Completed applications must be turned in before April 30th
As a reminder, those with disabled placards do not need a senior permit and are exempt from paid parking regulations when their placard is displayed.
Quarterly Parking Occupancy Results
The City of Paso Robles collects data on a quarterly basis in the Downtown and Downtown core area. The quarterly cadence will capture seasonal trends, provide transparency, and allow for data-driven decisions. Data is collected for on-street and off-street locations during a 1 week period each quarter. Results are compared to the parking industry standard ideal parking occupancy rate of 85%.
- 2021 - Quarter 3 Parking Occupancy Study Results
- 2021 - Quarter 4 Parking Occupancy Study Results
- 2022 - Quarter 1 Parking Occupancy Study Results
- 2022 - Quarter 2 Parking Occupancy Study Results
- 2022 - Quarter 3 Parking Occupancy Study Results
About License Plate Recognition (LPR) Software:
The LPR system does not identify any individual or access any person's personal information through its analysis of license plate characters. The data captured by the LPR unit itself is entirely anonymous. Officers can only identify the registered owner of a vehicle by querying a separate, secure state government database of vehicle license plate records, which is restricted, controlled, and audited.
Additionally, the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) restricts access and prohibits the release of personal information from state motor vehicle records to ensure the privacy of citizens. 18 USC § 2721-2725.
For further information click here to view the Automated License Plate Recognition Policy Manual.
- May 17, 2022 - City Council determined that the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission (DPAC) has served the purpose it was created for, and as part of that determination, they made the unanimous decision to abolish the DPAC with the intention of having any future downtown parking related items brought to the City Council for consideration.
- April 2022 Parking Workshop Presentation
- March 2021 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Financial Report
- August 2021 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Parking Update Presentation
- May 2021 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Parking Update Presentation
- March 2021 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Parking Update Presentation
- September 2020 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Parking Update Presentation
- August 2020 Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Parking Update Presentation
- July 30, 2020 Press Release - Outdoor Dining
- Parking Town Hall Presentation from 2/11/2020
- July 1 Press Release - Paid Parking Starting in August
- May 21, 2019 City Council Item
- May 7, 2019 City Council Item
- May 7, 2019 Parking Presentation
- Parking Quiz Results
- March-April Parking Survey Results
- March 20, 2019 Parking Stakeholders Meeting presentation
- March 20, 2019 Parking Meeting information
- February Parking Update
- January Parking Update
- Press Release - Downtown Employee Parking Permit Pilot Program Has Launched
- Parking Action Plan
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 City Council approved a request to add 100 more parking spaces to the Downtown Paso Robles Employee Parking Permit Pilot Program, see updated map above.
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 City Council approved a 6-month pilot program designating reserved parking areas in five downtown parking lots for employees who purchase parking permits for $5/month.
Downtown businesses or employees may reserve a parking permit by calling the City Manager's Office at 805.237.3888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15, 2018
The City of Paso Robles and downtown merchants have been working together to free up and/or create customer parking downtown in advance of the 2018 holiday shopping season. The next step is to get your input on an employee parking pilot program and an update to our parking ordinance. We are asking ALL downtown businesses to participate on 10/11 and/or the following meetings:
10/2/2018 Customer Parking Steering Committee (made up of reps from downtown retail and professional businesses, Park Cinemas, downtown residents, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association, Travel Paso and Hispanic Business Association)
10/2/2018 City Council meeting - Customer Parking consultant presentation of Steering Committee recommendations
10/15/2018 Customer Parking Ad Hoc Committee presentation to the Main Street Board of Directors
10/16/2018 City Council meeting – presenting employee parking pilot program
City Council Presentations
June 19, 2018
At the June 19, 2018 Council meeting, City Council adopted the 2018 Paso Robles Parking Action Plan. The Parking Action Plan recommends short, mid, and long-term implementation steps to establish an effective and efficient parking program in Paso Robles. Recommendations address current, upcoming and long-term parking challenges and needs of the community.
April 17, 2018
The first Downtown Parking community meeting was held April 16, 2018. Initial findings are outlined in the following document, presented to City Council at their April 17th regular meeting.