Where & When to Park The City issues parking permits and enforces parking rules to make it easy and safe for all pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to get around Davis. Here you will find parking permit information and tools to help navigate your parking options.

How to Purchase Permits Parking permits are available for purchase Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residential and commuter parking permit applications are available below. For more information, visit the City’s website.

Residential (Homeowners) Parking permits are required in some residential areas near campus. To determine if you need a permit, refer to the map. Residential permits allow residents to park on the street.

Homeowners may purchase residential and/or visitor permits in person or by mail. Please complete the application, supply the current Department of Motor Vehicles registration for each vehicle receiving the permit and submit payment.

Residential (Renters) Renters must apply for permits in person and supply their permit application, driver’s license, DMV registration and current lease agreement. Month to month lease agreements are accepted, but a utility bill must be provided. For additional information, please review the second page of the permit application.

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Commuter (Downtown employees) Downtown “X” permits are available to employees of downtown businesses and valid in designated locations.

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Monthly parking permits are also available in the privately owned and operated Fourth & G garage. Contact Central Parking for more information.

Where are Parking Permits Required? To find parking information based on your location or desired destination, enter your information into our interactive map.


Bike Licenses Licensing your bike with the City provides many benefits including:

  • Theft prevention and recovery
  • Accident victim identification
  • Bike programs to benefit cyclists

Licenses are good for three years and cost $10. Renewals cost $5. The UC Davis TAPS Office next to the Pavilion Parking Structure adjacent to the University Police Department issues licenses between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also register your bike at Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board  and Green Bicycle Depot. If you purchase your bike at B&L Bike Shop, they will issue a license. Bicyclists on the UC Davis campus must license their bikes. Need to pay a ticket? Go to our enforcement page.