Residential Parking Permits are available to residents and owners of residential property in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Below is a listing of required documents in order to purchase a Residential Parking Permit:

  • Valid/Current Vehicle Registration
  • Proof of Residency (Property Tax Bill, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, etc.)  
    • Proof document must indicate the resident’s physical address (No PO boxes)

The residential parking permit authorizes you and ONLY you to park your vehicle:

  • Three (3) hours in the two (2) hour parking zones
  • One (1) hour in the thirty (30) minute zones
  • Residential areas designated for Resident Permit Parking
  • Parking in the Del Mar Parking Lot and on Scenic Road after midnight
  • Valid for the calendar year of purchase

Residential Parking Permits are available for purchase at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department located at the Southeast Corner of Junipero Street and Fourth Avenue – Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm. For any questions, please contact  the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department at 831-624-6403.



Free, 30 minute & 2-hour curbside parking is available on every block in the Central Business District.

Free, unlimited time parking is available at the following locations:

  • Vista Lobos public parking lot, located on Torres Street and 3rd Avenue 
  • Center median streets and curbside spaces on Junipero Avenue between 3rd and 5th Avenues.
  • The Sunset Center north parking lot located on 8th Avenue between Mission and San Carlos Streets 
  • Most residential streets outside the Central Business District.
  • The Del Mar parking lot, located at the base of Ocean Avenue near the beach.  NO large vehicles over 6 tons, 20 feet in length or over 7 1/2 feet tall allowed at this location.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs) are welcome to utilize timed spaces in the Central Business District, adhering to posted limits. Occupying 2 spaces is permitted. If outside of the timed spaces in the Central Business District, a 6-hour limit applies.

No camping or overnight parking is permitted.