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Residential Permit Parking Reform Project Brief

The SFMTA has completed a comprehensive, data-driven evaluation of the Residential Permit Parking program (RPP). The evaluation included data collection and analysis on trends, a review of best practices in on-street parking management in residential areas, and robust public engagement, including a citywide survey on residential parking. Policy reform recommendations were presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors in fall 2017. The Board directed staff to modify some of the proposed reform measures to reduce the impact on schools, implement the pilot projects individually and conduct additional outreach.

Public Outreach and Communications

Staff implemented a comprehensive citywide outreach program with multiple opportunities for residents and businesses to engage with the planning process.

• A community workshop in every Supervisorial District and six community open houses

• Presentations to 12 neighborhood associations and business groups

• A survey, administered in November 2015, to more than 2,300 households

• Two focus groups with community and business leaders from across the city

• A project website with all related project documents,

Next Steps

In June, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider a scaled-back version of policy reforms. All affected residents and businesses have been notified of the Open House scheduled for May 3rd where they can have their questions answered and concerns heard. Neighborhood associations and merchant groups are invited to contact Kathryn Studwell at if they would like the SFMTA to present the proposed reforms to their group during the month of May.

The list of proposed changes to the Transportation Code are:

• Simplify the Transportation Code language for designating, rescinding or

modifying a residential parking permit area;

• Limit the number of residential parking permits in all newly established RPP


• no more than one permit per person and no more than two permits per


• up to 4 permits allowed if there is available on-street parking on the block

• exempt permits issued for health care or childcare workers from the 2 per

household limit

• Make it easier for new parents to obtain in-home care by eliminating the

petition process for an in-home care provider;

• Allow a resident licensed to operate a family child care home to obtain a permit

for use by an assistant care provider working at the home; and

• Add a “paid+permit” tool to the parking management toolkit, where visitors

parking in RPP areas would be required to pay, rather than adhere to posted

time limits. Drivers with valid permits would continue to park for free all day.

To learn about the RPP Evaluation and Reform project or sign up to receive project updates and the date of the SFMTA Board meeting, please visit our website at

For more information, please email us at:

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