Parking Guide

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Free before 9:00 am

Free after 6:00 pm

Free before 1:00 pm on Sundays

1st hour FREE

$1.25 per hour or fraction thereof. 

  • 842 Palm St.
  • 919 Palm St.
  • 871 Marsh St.

 2 hour Meters | $1.75/hour
(credit card and coin only)
  • Lot 4: 860 Pacific St.
    (located on the bottom level of Marsh St. Parking Structure)

  • Lot 10: 640 Higuera St.
 Throughout downtown San Luis Obispo  NO OVERNIGHT PARKING  10 hour Meters | $1.50/hour
(credit card and coin only)

  • Lot 9: 680 Monterey St.
  • Lot 14: 630 Palm St.
  • Lot 15: 699 Monterey St.





DOWNTOWN CORE: Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, including holidays.

Feeding the 30 minute and the 2 hour parking meters after the allowed time is subject to an overtime parking citation.

Prohibited parking areas are red painted curbs, fire hydrants, crosswalks, handicap curb ramps, as well as parking on the opposite side of the street, in a lane of traffic, or any area that is not designated by a painted curb, sign or parking meter.

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First 60 minutes are free $1.25/hour or fraction thereof
Monday-Saturday $12.50 daily maximum
Sunday $6.25 daily maximum

Parking Structure Access Cards allow you to park in the parking structures using a programmed access card.
Rates for all structures are $255 per quarter.


842 Palm and 919 Palm
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday

871 Marsh
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday

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No RVs, motorcycles or trailers are allowed in the structures. Due to height limitations, loaded roof racks are discouraged from using the structures. Parking backwards is prohibited in structures and lots.


Total of 19 electric vehicle charging spaces, the most recent additions in the Marsh Street Parking Structure.

Rates: $1.50/hour for the first four hours then $4/hour after that. There is no charging time limit, and the stations are available 24/7.

To charge, download the ChargePoint app and create and account. There is no cost to create the account and payments for charging can be made through the app

Visit for complete information on downloading the app, finding available charging locations and helpful EV tips.



Two hour meters for motorcycles are located throughout the downtown area at a reduced rate. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking in the parking structures. Long term, 10-hour metered motorcycle parking is available near the entrances to the parking structures with the first 60 minutes free. *NEW* - Motorcycle permit holders are now available for 10-hour meter permits. Contact or visit Parking Services office for details.

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Parking Program FAQs

  • Downtown Merchant Validation Program: The parking validation program has been created to offer customers 60 minutes of free parking, compliments of participating downtown businesses.  Bundles of 100 validation tokens or stickers are available for $75 and must be purchased with a business check or credit card. 
  • 10-Hour Meter Permits: Park at any 10-hour meter with a 10-hour meter permit for $60 monthly or $180 quarterly. Permits may be purchased at the Parking Services Office, 1260 Chorro St., Suite B or at the Finance Counter, 990 Palm Street. These permits do sell out and are sold solely on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Proxcards: Park in one of our three parking structures with an access pass (billed quarterly). Applications are available at the Parking Services Office, 1260 Chorro St., Suite B. You must sign up in person.  
  • 842 Palm Street - $255
  • 919 Palm Street - $255
  • 871 Marsh Street -$255