Preferential Parking Permits

Preferential Zones

There are 3 preferential zones within the City of Arcata (Zone A, Zone B, Zone C). These zones are enforced year-round. The streets in these zones are designated with signs limiting parking from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays. Permits are not valid in 2-hour or 4-hour zones. 

Preferential Parking Permits are renewable online. Visit and select the link to "Permits." Convenience fees will apply for all credit card transactions. If you are unable to apply for a permit online, please complete the application and mail to:

Arcata Police Department

736 F Street

Arcata, CA 95521

Residential/Business Parking Permit Fee

1st permit - free

2nd permit - free

3rd permit - $15

4th permit - $20

5th Permit - $25 (maximum of 5 per residence)

Guest permits - $15 (one per residence)

Verification Documents that Must be Submitted with Application (on-line, mail or in person)

  • Residential Permits - Proof of residency (copy of lease, Utility bill, property tax, etc), legal photo id, and current vehicle registration.
  • Guest Permits -  Proof of residency (copy of lease, Utility bill, property tax, etc) and  legal photo id.
  • Business Permits - Copy of business license and list of employees on company letterhead.