East San Rafael Parking

East San Rafael Parking


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East San Rafael is characterized by densely populated neighborhoods and high parking demands, making parking a daily challenge. Last year, City Council supported a 6-month study to evaluate existing East San Rafael parking conditions and better prepare parking solutions the City could implement. The study showed parking occupancy rates to be well over 100%, meaning some cars were not parking according to parking regulations.

During the study, the City worked closely with residents and businesses compiling feedback and suggestions from surveys and public meetings – including a large public meeting at the Albert J. Boro Community Center –  on possible parking solutions. The study identified both short, medium, and long-term solutions – classified based on their time and ease to implement. Based on feedback from the community and studied successful examples in other communities, the City is first pursuing a short-term strategy of implementing time-limited parking.

Parking Changes

As part of the short-term strategy identified in the study, the City will first begin by implementing time-limited parking throughout East San Rafael. New time limits will be enforced in the following areas (see map for zone boundaries):

  • Residential zones (24-hour limits): Canal, Bahia, and Spinnaker & Baypoint neighborhoods
  • Commercial zones (4-hour limits): Commercial and Kerner neighborhoods

This means time-limitations in posted areas of East San Rafael will change to reflect the following:

  • Residential: parking will be restricted to 24 hours instead of the current 72 maximum hours;
  • Commercial: parking will be limited to 4 hours from 8AM to 6PM;
  • All new parking restrictions will be enforced 7 days a week, including weekends.


Map of residential and commercial parking zones

Estimated Sign Installation Timeline

Residents can expect new parking sign installations of the image included below to begin in the month of July 2018 and continue through September 2018. City staff will install the signs as scheduling permits in addition to their regular summer duties. Exact locations where signs will be installed have been marked by a white circled “X”. The estimated sign installation and parking enforcement timeline is as follows:

  • July to September – new parking signs will be installed;
  • October – parking services will issue citations warnings with no payment required for one month;
  • November 1st – fined citations will be issued after this date.

East San Rafael time-limited parking signage example

For all inquiries and or feedback please see our FAQs, or contact:

  • Public Works, (415) 485-3355, for sign installation and placement inquiries;
  • Parking Services, (415) 458-5333, for parking enforcement and a map of the affected blocks.

FAQ's - Parking Sign Installation & Placement

I see the marking for the pole location but do not approve the location, who should I contact?

If you would like to discuss the location of the pole and propose a nearby alternative please make a request online. Pictures of the current location and the preferred location will be helpful but not required. Public Works staff will review your request and reply to let you know whether your request can be accommodated. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate a request, we may not be able to relocate the sign from the original location.

Will I have to move my car for the sign and pole installation?

Public Works will work around vehicles. In rare cases that the parking space needs to be used, a sign restricting parking during construction will be placed 72 hours in advanced.

What day will the sign in front of my residence or business be installed?

Signs will be installed between July 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018. City staff will install the signs in addition to their regular summer duties. They will install the sign when scheduling permits and thus, we cannot provide an exact date or time when your sign will be installed.

FAQ's - Parking Information

How long will these rules be in effect?

Time-limited parking will be enforced in ESR for at least one (1) year after commencement.

Are these rules enforced on holidays?

No. The 24-hour limit & the 4-hour limit rules are not enforced on holidays. Refer to the list of City holidays here.

Why does the City enforce the new time-limited rules on Sundays?

Research has shown that the parking congestion is as prevalent in ESR on Sundays as it is on any other day of the week.

What is the cost of a citation for the 4-hour limit?


How do I find out what the time-limited rules are on my street?

Signs will be posted on your street prior to enforcement. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the time-limits in your area.

How far do I have to move my car to be in compliance with the new rules?

To be in compliance with the rules, you must move your car at least 100 feet.  Also, your car must not return to the original (same) parking space sooner than two (2) hours after it was moved.

What is the cost of a citation for the 24-hour limit?


May I move my car from one parking space directly to another parking space?

You may move your car to another parking space at least 100 feet away.  You may not return to your original (same) parking space sooner than two (2) hours after it was moved.

What are the new time-limited rules in East San Rafael (ESR)?

  • Vehicles may not be parked in excess of 24 hours in the residential areas of ESR
  • Vehicles may not be parked in excess of 4 hours in the commercial areas of ESR. The commercial area limit is enforced between 8am – 6pm only.

What days are the rules enforced?

Time-limited parking will be enforced everyday, 7 days per week, in both commercial & residential areas and except on City Holidays.

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