It's official: Cost of parking in SLO is going up

The San Luis Obispo City Council affirmed its stance on increasing the cost of parking in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, finalizing its vote in favor of three major changes to parking regulations, including the decision to end free Sunday parking downtown.

Drivers will now be charged for Sunday parking from 1 to 6 p.m. and pay an increase in the hourly meter rate in the heart of downtown from $1.25 to $1.50.

The council also approved charging residents who live in parking district a $10 fee for permits to park on the street.

Councilman Dan Carpenter voted against the increased meter fees and the plan to charge residents for their parking permits.

Sunday fees are expected to take effect in late August or early September. The downtown increase, which affects 400 meters, will not take effect until November because the city is installing meters that take credit cards.