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City of San Jose Clean Air (parking) Permit


Feb 3, 2020
The Bay, CA
The City of San Jose has a Clean Air Program which provides a Clean Air Parking Permit to park for free in any city operated parking meters and specific parking garages downtown. There's a post about this from a very long time ago and I figure I bring it up again since the program has since changed slightly.

City of San Jose Clean Air Program
Clean Air Parking Permit Application

To obtain this parking permit, you must either:

1a) Have your vehicle registered in the city of San Jose (Provide a copy of vehicle registration), or
1b) Purchase your vehicle from any dealer in San Jose. (Provide a copy of bill of sale)
2) Your vehicle must qualify for the CA HOV sticker. Currently, this means colors: Red (2018), Purple (2019), Orange (2020), Blue (2021)
3) Pay a $37 application fee.

Note: For 1b), I'm not sure if all Tesla's qualify since they don't have "dealers" in San Jose, and ship directly from the factory in Fremont. I qualified via 1a).
Note: For 2), you only need to qualify for the HOV sticker, not possess one. I still don't have mine yet (DMV backlog).

Perks of the Clean Air Permit:
  • Free parking at all City of San Jose parking meters.
  • Free parking at all City of San Jose parks and recreation facilities.
  • Free parking at 4 selected City-owned parking garages:
    • Second & San Carlos St. Garage (280 S. Second St)
    • Market & San Pedro Square Garage (45 N. Market St)
    • Third Street Garage (95 N. Third Street)
    • Fourth Street Garage (44 S. Fourth St)
  • All 4 of the garages above have Chargepoint EV chargers.
    • $1.25 per session and $0.25 per kWh during the day
    • $1.25 per session and $0.20 per kWh overnight (9:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
    • You can stay parked up to 72 hours without moving the vehicle (could be useful for charging, or staying plugged-in)
Using the Clean Air Permit:
  • Display the Clean Air Parking Permit when parked at a parking meter, garage, or facility/park.
  • For parking garages, you must visit the cashier to get parking validated before exiting. Although I'm not sure how this is supposed to be done, given the parking permit must be attached to the windshield. Are we supposed to remove it every time for validation? Or maybe they look you up and validate via license plate?
Whether this parking permit is worth it to you depends on how often you visit downtown San Jose. I live near downtown, so all my errands require parking meter use, which adds up quickly over time. It also relieves the stress of having to touch/feed a parking meter each time. The program is currently set to expire 6/30/21, but likely will be extended as it has been in the past.

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