Parking Permits


Beginning January 1, 2021, the El Cerrito Police Department will resume enforcement of 4-hour residential parking permit zones. In an abundance of understanding and compassion for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the El Cerrito Police Department had ceased enforcement of 4-hour parking permit violations citywide.

Eligible residents in these neighborhoods can learn more about purchasing a residential parking permit by contacting the Community Development Department at (510) 215-4314 or by visiting In an effort of transparency and equity, the El Cerrito Police Department wants community members, commuters, and visitors to know well in advance of our intention to resume enforcement action. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


If you are a resident in the Del Norte El Cerrito area, (blue permit) your residential parking permit will expire September 30, 2020. Please complete the Parking Permit application and return along with valid vehicle registration, supporting documents and payment, by mail or email beginning September 1, 2020.   Please allow 5-10 business days to receive your parking permit via postal mail.  To allow time for mailing of new permits, enforcement of the Del Norte parking permit zone will be temporarily suspended until at least October 31, 2020. 

Currently, if you have an expired parking permit and need to apply for a new one:

Due to COVID-19, most applications can be submitted via email for faster processing. Please allow 5-10 business days to receive your parking permit via postal mail.

Residential Parking Permits

The City of El Cerrito has established two areas of town where 4-hour residential parking restrictions may be applied. This was done to preserve on-street parking for local residents in the vicinity of the two BART stations where a high number of non-resident BART commuters search for parking each work day.

The 4-hour zones are implemented on a block-by-block basis. The City enforces 4-hour parking limits on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on these blocks with 4-hour parking signs. Only vehicles with a Residential Parking Permit can park for longer than four hours on a restricted block.

Please click the links below for more information: