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City-Operated Parking Meters 

The City of Lafayette operates parking meters throughout the City, both on-street and in parking lots. There are also private parking meters in parking lots which are not under the authority of the City. The following information pertains only to City-operated parking meters:

Meters operate Monday-Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $1.00 an hour. City of Lafayette parking meters are not enforced on the following official holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. 

Residential Parking Permits
For designated neighborhoods, the City of Lafayette offers an annual Residential Parking Permit for $51.00 per year.  
The permit expires December 31st. 

Parking Citations
Find out how to pay parking tickets online or how to contest a ticket.

Parking Regulations
Zoning regulations on the required parking for new or relocated businesses. 

The parking regulations were updated in 2018 (effective December 13, 2018). The update process included developing a Parking Management Strategy. Details can be found in the White Paper and the Implementation Strategy. Detailed materials collected and developed during the parking ordinance update process can be found here.

Downtown Parking
Check out the interactive map showing public parking in the Downtown and the Lafayette Commuter Guide.

Happy Valley Road Parking Permits
Are you a BART parker who lives in Lafayette and has had trouble finding parking? Effective December 1, 2016 the 40 on-street parking spaces under Highway 24 on Happy Valley Road were made available exclusively for Lafayette Residents as part of a test program.

Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and permit holders must still pay the parking meter. This permit program has been popular and successful. Find out more by contacting Sarah Allen at or 925-299-3208 or Lisa Martin at or (925) 299-3201 if you have any questions.