Motorists will begin paying for parking on Sundays in downtown San Luis Obispo starting June 3. In July, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously to charge for parking on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
The city’s three parking structures will be staffed on Sundays during that time and 75 cents will be charged for each hour until 6 p.m. The first hour in the parking structures will remain free. Metered parking lots and streets will also be enforced.
The city is in the process of replacing signs on streets, in parking lots, on meters and at the parking structures to reflect the change. In March, the city installed 400 solarpowered parking meters equipped to take credit cards throughout the downtown in areas with the highest parking demand. The city also increased the meter rate to $1.50 at those meters, up 25 cents.
The rate increase was approved by the City Council last year as a way to generate more revenue. The charge for Sunday parking and the meter increases are intended to bolster revenue the city says it needs to build a $20 million parking structure at Palm and Nipomo streets. Combined, the plans are estimated to bring $385,610 in added annual revenue to the city.