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  1. RSVP Parking
  2. Residential Parking Permits
  3. Citations
  4. Employee Parking Program
  5. Recreational Vehicles

RSVP Parking

The Resident Shopper Vehicle Permit (RSVP) allows residents free parking up to the maximum allowable time limit at any of the City's parking meters, seven days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Resident Shopper Vehicle Permit (RSVP) is designed to make it convenient for Mill Valley and other Marin residents to shop, eat and visit downtown Mill Valley. The permit allows residents (zip codes 94941, 94920, 94925, and 94965) to park in any of the city's metered spaces without paying the meter, for the maximum allowable time limit (usually two hours). 

Permits are valid from January 1st through December 31st of the current year. Beginning July 1st permits will be prorated to half price for the remainder of the permit period.

*Note* Permits are not valid until they are affixed to your vehicle*

All permits (RSVP and Residential) will be null and void if they are modified or altered in any way.  If permits are modified or altered, you will be required to purchase a new permit at full price and may receive a parking citation.

EFFECTIVE 7/1/2022

All street parking meters will increase to $2.50 per hour on July 1, 2022. There will be three parking lots that will offer a discounted hourly rate for metered parking spaces to a $1.50 per hour.  The following parking lots are discounted at $1.50 per hour:  

  • Municipal Parking Lot behind the unit block of Miller Avenue, 
  • Mill Creek Lot, also located on Miller Avenue just south of the Municipal Lot’s entrance
  • City Hall Lot

Obtaining a Permit

Early purchase for 2023 begins on December 14, 2022.

We encourage everyone to purchase the RSVP online or complete the Resident Shopper Vehicle Permit (PDF) (if you are purchasing more than two permits), print it, and mail with a check or money order to:
Mill Valley Police Department
1 Hamilton Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Make checks or money orders payable to the City of Mill Valley. If your mailing address is different than your residence address (P.O. Box, PMB, or other), you must mail your application along with proof of residency.

Permits may be purchased at the Mill Valley Police Department Monday through Thursday 8 am to 5 pm, Friday 8 am to 4 pm. If you have any questions please call 415-389-4100 during business hours. The current requirements of the permits are as follows:

Proof of residency and current vehicle registration are required to purchase a new or replacement permit. Acceptable forms of residency include a valid California driver's license, current utility bill (PG&E, cable, water, or garbage), or lease/mortgage statement. All documents, including registration, must show your name and current eligible address (All vehicles must be registered in California).


  • For residents in the 94941 zip code
    • Permits are $66 each for the 1st or 2nd vehicle and $86 each for the 3rd or 4th vehicle. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: After July 1st each year Resident Shopper Vehicle Permits for residents in the 94941 zip code reduce in price by 50%. 
  • For residents in the 94965, 94920, and 94925 zip codes
    • Permits are $86 (up to four) for each vehicle.
    • PLEASE NOTE: After July 1st each year Resident Shopper Vehicle Permits for residents in the 94965, 94920, and 94925 zip codes reduce in price by 50%. 
  • Replacement
    • Permits are $10

To purchase a replacement permit (if you sell your vehicle within the permit year), remove your old permit, complete the fillable application above and mail or bring both to the police department. Replacement permits are non-transferable from vehicle to vehicle. You must return the old permit to the police department in order to receive the replacement permit.

Permits must be placed on the outside of your vehicle, either on the back bumper or the rear window on the driver's side of the vehicle.

2023 RSVP permits will be available for purchase beginning December 14, 2022.

Contesting a Ticket

If you have an RSVP and believe you received a parking citation in error, please see the following link.