Downtown Parking

October 15, 2019 UPDATE

Free short-term parking stalls have been added downtown, they are marked with green curbs and signage. Drivers can park for up to 30 minutes for free and without registering their license plate. There is one 30-min green parking stall on each block in the paid parking zone (10th to 14th and Spring to Pine). 



Paid parking began August 14, 2019 in downtown Paso Robles and is in effect Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

Pay stations have been installed from Spring Street to Pine Street and from 10th to 14th Street. 

The first two hours of parking are free, drivers must enter their license plate number to receive free parking. 

Residents are encouraged to practice using the pay stations or visit the Parking booth at Tuesday Farmers' Markets and Thursday night Concerts in the Park through August 15, 2019 for in-person training on how to use the pay stations, WaytoPark mobile application and the opportunity to win up to 50 hours of free parking.

More info: 


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, parking is available in 5 public parking lots in the downtown core. 


Download the app here: 

Local Radio station congratulates Paso on parking solution:

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.

Parking lot signs

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 Employee Parking Permit Program Details

Downtown businesses or employees may reserve a parking permit by calling the City Manager's Office at 805.237.3888 or via email at

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 

10/11/2018        Downtown Business meeting to discuss the proposed employee parking pilot program - 7PM in the City Council Chamber at 1000 Spring Street (presentation here) (pilot program details here)

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

Parking Study Area Boundary

El Paso De Robles Downtown Parking and Circulation Analysis and Action Plan Vicinity Map

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.