Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking Map

Paid Parking

The City of Paso Robles is excited to announce the launch of an innovative parking system. Solar powered parking pay stations have been installed in downtown Paso Robles. 

Paid parking hours are Daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Patrons will be given 2 hours of free parking per day after they enter their license plate. Parking is $1.00 per hour after the free 2 hours. Customers can pay with debit card, credit card, or the new mobile payment app, WayToPark. Additionally, 3 pay stations accept cash. The cash enabled pay stations are conveniently located at: 11th St. and Park St, (near the horseshoe pits), 12th St. and Pine St. (on the southwest corner) and 13th St. and Park St. (on the southeast corner).

Parking is free on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 

More info: 

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Employee Parking Permit Program

The Paso Robles Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program provides downtown business owners and employees a low-cost option for parking in the downtown core. Permits are $5 per month, per vehicle. Parking is available in 5 public parking lots in the downtown core.

Downtown business owners and employees have 4 options available to purchase a Downtown Employee Permit:

Senior Parking Permit Program

Senior Permit applications are not currently being accepted at this time. On 7/8/2021, City Council paused the program until the current permits expire on March 31, 2022. 

Any applications received prior to close of business on 4/14/21 have been accepted and entered into the parking system by the license plate. Permits are verified by license plate and there is nothing further that needs to be displayed on the vehicle.

Any applications received after close of business on 4/14/21 will be returned to the applicant. 

Downtown Parking Advisory Commission

On March 3, 2020, the Paso Robles City Council created the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission. The commission serves at the pleasure of the City Council as a means to aid the City Council in gathering public input on the operation, continued development, and management of the Paso Robles Downtown Parking program, by providing advice to the City Council and by making decisions in those areas delegated by the City Council.

Quarterly Parking Occupancy Results

The City of Paso Robles collects data on a quarterly basis in the Downtown and Downtown core area. The quarterly cadence will capture seasonal trends, provide transparency, and allow for data-driven decisions. Data is collected for on-street and off-street locations during a 1 week period each quarter. Results are compared to the parking industry standard ideal parking occupancy rate of 85%.

About License Plate Recognition (LPR) Software:

The LPR system does not identify any individual or access any person's personal information through its analysis of license plate characters. The data captured by the LPR unit itself is entirely anonymous. Officers can only identify the registered owner of a vehicle by querying a separate, secure state government database of vehicle license plate records, which is restricted, controlled, and audited. 

Additionally, the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) restricts access and prohibits the release of personal information from state motor vehicle records to ensure the privacy of citizens. 18 USC § 2721-2725.

For further information click here to view the Automated License Plate Recognition Policy Manual.

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On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 City Council approved a request to add 100 more parking spaces to the Downtown Paso Robles Employee Parking Permit Pilot Program, see updated map above.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 City Council approved a 6-month pilot program designating reserved parking areas in five downtown parking lots for employees who purchase parking permits for $5/month. 

Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program Details

Downtown businesses or employees may reserve a parking permit by calling the City Manager's Office at 805.237.3888 or via email at

September 15, 2018

The City of Paso Robles and downtown merchants have been working together to free up and/or create customer parking downtown in advance of the 2018 holiday shopping season. The next step is to get your input on an employee parking pilot program and an update to our parking ordinance.  We are asking ALL downtown businesses to participate on 10/11 and/or the following meetings: 

10/2/2018          Customer Parking Steering Committee (made up of reps from downtown retail and professional businesses, Park Cinemas, downtown residents, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association, Travel Paso and Hispanic Business Association)

10/2/2018          City Council meeting - Customer Parking consultant presentation of Steering Committee recommendations 

10/11/2018        Downtown Business meeting to discuss the proposed employee parking pilot program - 7PM in the City Council Chamber at 1000 Spring Street (presentation here) (pilot program details here)

10/15/2018          Customer Parking Ad Hoc Committee presentation to the Main Street Board of Directors

10/16/2018        City Council meeting – presenting employee parking pilot program

City Council Presentations

June 19, 2018  

At the June 19, 2018 Council meeting, City Council adopted the 2018 Paso Robles Parking Action Plan. The Parking Action Plan recommends short, mid, and long-term implementation steps to establish an effective and efficient parking program in Paso Robles. Recommendations address current, upcoming  and long-term parking challenges and needs of the community.

April 17, 2018 

The first Downtown Parking community meeting was held April 16, 2018. Initial findings are outlined in the following document, presented to City Council at their April 17th regular meeting.