Downtown News

Davis is Happening
Depending on the day, getting around Davis may not be business as usual. To help navigate the city, here’s an overview of all this month’s great community events and roadwork that may affect your travel.

Ongoing Davis Events
Davis Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park.

Davis Farmers Market: Picnic in the Park
Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

2nd Friday ArtAbout

Take a look at the Davis Downtown calendar and the City Hall calendar for community events.

Traffic Updates


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Parking & Transportation News

The City is working to improve downtown parking for businesses, students, residents, employees and visitors. The City of Davis is taking incremental steps to resolve the parking issues and to make parking fair and equitable for everyone.

In October 2012, the Davis City Council appointed a Downtown Parking Task Force to develop a parking management plan to provide more effective, enduring improvements to parking.

The City will roll the changes out over the next few years, with some of the following occurring in the near future.

Other changes
Specific timing for other changes from the Downtown Parking Management Plan are not yet determined but will be posted here when available. These include:

  • Changing enforcement hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Establishing a tiered fine parking citation system

License Plate Recognition Technology
Effective enforcement of downtown parking restrictions helps ensure parking spaces are available for visitors. In late October, the City began using License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to modernize parking enforcement and improve efficiency.

New license plate recognition technology
Rather than manually “chalking the tire,” this new technology enables electronic enforcement of timed parking zones.

Effectively enforce “No Re-Parking” restriction
This enforcement limits re-parking in the same block on city streets in the Downtown Core. Vehicles parked on the street must move off the block they are parked on when the time limit expires. Vehicles parked in a lot or structure must move out of the lot or structure in which they are parked when the time limit expires. In a two-hour timed parking zone, vehicles may not return to the same block for at least four hours from the time they first parked there. The “return times” vary by parking zone and are specified on every parking sign.

For more information on re-parking zone, please see the map on the home page.

Convert to “paperless” permits 
The Police Department has transitioned from permit placards and stickers to a paperless system based on vehicle license plates, simplifying both the purchase of permits and enforcement. This change will apply to both downtown X-Permits and all residential permit areas.

For more information about upcoming changes to downtown parking, contact:

Brian Abbanat, Senior Transportation Planner
Transportation Division
Public Works Department
City of Davis
1717 Fifth Street, Bldg D
Davis, CA  95616
(530) 757-5686 x7301

Downtown Parking Updates


City Council Approves Paid Parking in Downtown Southeast Quadrant (11/14/17)

On November 7th, 2017 the Davis City Council approved expanding paid parking to all public on-street and off-street parking spaces in the southeast quadrant of downtown (First-Third, D-H Street).

They also directed staff to look into possible parking validation technologies for downtown businesses.

Many details need to be resolved, including further discussion with City Council.  City staff does not expect conversion to occur before Summer 2018.

The below map illustrates the affected parking area (paid parking designated in green).


Downtown Parking Guidance System on the Way! (11/14/17)

In January, 2017 the City Council approved expenditures in this fiscal year for a parking guidance system (PGS). The PGS consists of a series of illuminated LED signs to help downtown visitors easily find longer term off-street parking in the City’s surface lots and garages. An example of this is the display sign mounted to the First and F garage. This can help reduce vehicles “circling” for parking spaces during peak hours.

The City has been diligently working on this project and hopes to have the system in place by Spring 2018.