Parking Permit Program

About the Program
The Parking Permit Program (PPP) was established to improve management of the supply of municipal parking downtown and to provide businesses and employees with affordable parking. Permit holders are exempted from parking meter fees and two- or four-hour parking time limits, thus eliminating the need feed parking meters or move vehicles when parked in designated permit parking areas.

Obtaining a Permit
Parking Permits cost between $40 and $60 and are valid for one quarter (three months). Essentially, there are two permit programs, each with their own permits and policies:
  • The La Mesa Boulevard lot program, covering only the La Mesa Boulevard lot.
  • The East-End program covering the three municipal lots east of Spring Street (Allison Ave., Lemon Ave., and Palm Ave.) and certain on-street areas on Allison Avenue and Lemon Avenue.

Regardless of location or permit type, Permits need to be renewed on a quarterly basis and the renewal period for existing Parking Permits generally occurs during the weeks preceding the start of a new calendar-year quarter. Those interested in renewing an existing permit, or purchasing a new permit, can visit the Permit Renewal page for more information. For more details on the PPP, permit pricing, and maps of designated parking areas, please review the policies and guidelines for the La Mesa Boulevard lot program and/or the guidelines for the East-end program.

Suggest an Idea
Have an opinion or a creative suggestion about parking? Share it with the La Mesa Community Parking Commission at the regular monthly meeting held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa. The meetings are open to the public and your comments are invited.

City staff is also available to answer your questions about parking or parking permits. You may call Parking Control Officer Slawomir Stojanowski at 619.667.1482 or Chris Gonzales in the Community Development Department at 619.667.1192.