San Jose offers travelers and residents alike a wide variety of activities to explore within its city limits, but the local government makes parking tricky. When you’re looking for parking, expect to compete with a high volume of people who are also looking for the most popular spots.
Keep reading to find out about San Jose parking rules and discover tips and tricks to avoid surprise regulations and find the best parking spots near your destination.
Some neighborhoods are restricted for residential parking only. Signs indicate when and where a permit is required. To get a residential parking permit, you’ll have to go in person. Find out more on the official website.
Here’s how to read the parking signs you’ll see while parking in the city:
Restricted hour sign: This sign means you can only park here at certain times of day.
1 hour parking sign: This sign means you have to move your car within an hour of parking.
San Jose does has plenty of street and metered parking that costs between $1.00 to $2.00 per hour. Be sure to check nearby signs to see how long your meter allows you to park there.
Where can I find parking garages near downtown?
The easiest way to find parking garages in San Jose is by heading to the parking map. There, you’ll find all of the information you need and you’ll be able to reserve a spot right then and there.
|Parking Violation||Violation Cost|
|Expired Hourly Permit||$23|
|Failure to Properly Display a Valid Permit||$23|
|Parked Overnight without Resident or Overnight Permit||$23|
|Parked in a Bus Loading Zone||$45|
|Parked in 2 or More Spaces||$45|
|Parked Blocking a Driveway||$53|
|Parked in No Parking Zone||$53|
|Tampering or Theft of Immobilization Boot||$500|
Pay your ticket online using the city’s website.
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Third Monday in January|
|President’s Day||Third Monday in February|
|Cesar Chavez Day||March 31|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September|
|Columbus Day||Second Monday in October|
|Veteran’s Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Fourth Thursday in November|
|Black Friday||Day after Thanksgiving|
|Christmas Eve||December 24|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|New Year’s Eve||December 31|