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RSVP Parking Program FAQs

Q: What is the RSVP Parking Permit and how do I benefit?

A: The RSVP (Resident Shopper Vehicle Permit) parking permit is a program designed to make it convenient and inviting for Mill Valley and Southern Marin residents to shop, eat and visit downtown Mill Valley. The RSVP permit allows residents free parking up to the maximum allowable time posted (usually two hours) at any of the City’s 400 parking meters, seven days a week from 9 am-6 pm.

Q: How do I purchase the RSVP sticker for my car?

A: RSVP Parking Permits 2016-2017 are now on sale.  

The RSVP Stickers may be purchased online or at the Mill Valley Police Department, 1 Hamilton Drive, Monday –Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm and Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. You can print an application to mail (1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941) or fax (415.389.4148).

Q: Who can purchase a RSVP parking permit?

This is a program targeting Mill Valley and Southern Marin residents (zip codes 94920, 94925, 94965) to encourage shopping, theatre and restaurant visits – and general participation in the downtown area of Mill Valley.

Visitors can use metered parking, and/or park for visits longer than two hours at the publicly accessible paid lot across from the Depot. The City will be improving signage and website information on available parking.

Employees are encouraged to purchase the “E” parking sticker which enables free parking 9-3:30 seven days a week at all “E” parking spots. The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce sells “E” parking stickers.

Q:  Where is the parking sticker placed on my car?

A:  The parking sticker goes on the outside of your car, either on the back bumper or the back window (left side as you face the back or the driver's side).

Q: How many RSVP stickers can I purchase?

A: Mill Valley households will be able to purchase up to four stickers, one for each vehicle. 

Q: What happens if I sell my car with the RSVP sticker and buy a new car?

A: Remove the sticker from your car and return it to the Police Department. The City will replace your RSVP permit and reassign it to your new car at a cost of $5.

Q: Will the City still have free holiday parking for those without RSVP stickers?
A: Yes. All meters will be free to all residents and visitors for up to two hours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, as has been the tradition during the holiday shopping season.

Q: I have an RSVP sticker and I still got a ticket. What do I do?

A: If you believe you received a parking ticket in error, immediately contact the Mill Valley Police Department at 389-4100.  You may be asked to come into the station to cancel the citation. 

Mill Valley Public Safety Building
1 Hamilton Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM and on Fridays from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM.

Police Non-emergency Phone: 415-389-4100
Police Fax: 415-389-4148.
Police Email: 

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Last updated: 7/7/2016 2:07:00 PM