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Parking Permits

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Parking Permits in a Residential Parking District Zone

In many residential areas of the City of National City, a Residential Parking District (RPD) exists to help ensure that on-street parking is available to local residents. The RPD on-street parking is prohibited for vehicles that do not have a valid parking permit. The RPD is authorized by Section 22507 of the California Vehicle Code and Title 11 of the City of National City Municipal Code.

If you live in a home within a residential parking district, you are eligible to apply for an RPD (Residential Parking District) Map. The application can be completed and submitted online or in person.

Online: Visit https://www.thepermitportal.com, register for a new account, and upload your supporting documents.  Allow 2 or 3 business days for processing. You will receive an email confirmation upon approval.

Click here to view the permit instructions in order to create a new account. Please note that you must have a valid email address in order to create an account.

In Person: Visit the Engineering and Public Works Department at 1243 National City Boulevard, National City, CA 91950. Please bring your application and required documents (see below). We accept credit or debit card, check and cash.  Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 7:00AM to 6:00PM.

If you have a physical parking permit, please continue to use it until it expires.

If you have applied, paid, and receive the approval for a digital parking permit through the Parking Permit Portal, you do not need to display it on the vehicle dashboard. The permit will be associated with a specific license plate number. The Parking Regulation Officers will use the license plate number in order to determine if the vehicle parked in the RPD area has a valid permit.

Apply for a new annual parking permit:

In order to apply for an annual parking permit, you must submit the following documentation: 

  • Proof of Residency (i.e.: City of San Diego Sewer or Water bill, gas and electric, phone); and
  • A valid driver's license; and
  • Vehicle registration - (Important! If you want to upload multiple license plates on the annual permit, you need to send the vehicle registrations of all of the vehicles that you intend to register to ncpermit@nationalcityca.gov);

Please be aware that in order to obtain the annual permit, the resident's address must match the address listed on each document listed above.

Please note the following important information: 

  • The cost for the annual permit is $30.00 per permit;
  • Single family residences and multi-family residences up to four units shall be limited to a maximum of two annual residential parking permits per house / residential unit;
  • Multi-family residences with more than four units shall be limited to one annual residential parking permit per residential unit;
  • Please note that the residence address must match the address listed on each document;
  • The permit is valid for one year from the time of purchase;
  • You are allowed to park only in the parking district where your address is located. If you park in a different parking district area, you will receive a parking citation.

Apply for a temporary parking permit

In order to apply for a temporary parking permit, you must submit the following documentation: 

  • Proof of Residency of the address requesting the temporary parking permit; and
  • Driver’s License of the person using the temporary parking permit; and
  • Vehicle Registration of the vehicle associated with the temporary parking permit.

Please note the following important information:

  • The cost for the temporary permit is $2.00 per permit;
  • A temporary parking permit shall be valid for no more than fourteen (14) days from the date of issuance;
  • The resident should be limited to a maximum of two temporary parking permits per house / residential unit;
  • You are allowed to park only in the parking district where your address is located. If you park in a different parking district area, you will receive a parking citation;
  • You are allowed to purchase the temporary parking permit if you already have an annual parking permit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering and Public Works Department at (619) 336-4380 or via email at ncpermit@nationalcityca.gov