Residential Parking

The City’s Residential Parking Management Manual (PDF) is intended to address the impacts of overflow parking and help manage residential on-street parking problems fairly.

A residential permit parking program must meet the following criteria before it becomes eligible to be considered for approval by City Council:

  • Overflow vehicles from a multi-family development must occupy 75% of the frontage on any residential street during any consecutive 6-hour period.
  • Field reviews must demonstrate that 30 or more single family detached homes or 1,000 feet of residential street frontage could be affected.
CIty of Lake Forest Parking Permit

The City evaluates an area for a Residential Permit Parking Program only once in a 24-month period.

In the event that a residential area does not meet these requirements, the Manual provides other methods of addressing overflow parking and its effects. Review the Permit Parking Policy (PDF) for more information.

Residential Parking Evaluation

The residential parking evaluation matrix (pictured right) shows how parking concerns and issues are evaluated. As each residential parking scenario is unique and expresses varying characteristics, the measures taken are determined based upon the nature and severity of the issue.

Parking Matrix

Residential Parking Management Manual Matrix

Permanent Permit Parking

To obtain a permanent parking permit for an eligible permit parking area, vehicles must be registered to a Lake Forest address within the parking restricted area. Permanent parking permits can be obtained by emailing Public Works Permitting or by visiting the Public Works Counter at City Hall. A copy of current Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) vehicle registration for each vehicle is required prior to the issuance of a permanent parking permit.

Temporary Permit Parking

To obtain a temporary parking permit for guests in a permit parking area, please complete an online application through elakeforest.