Parking Permits for Babysitters
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Does anyone know whether or not there is a way to get permit
parking in Berkeley without proof of registration? We recently
moved to Elmwood, and we do not have off-street parking. We
were able to get L parking stickers for our 2 cars as they are
registered to our new Berkeley address. However, I am unable to
get my nanny a parking permit because her car is not registered
at my house. Is there any way around this??
We learned that the city of Berkeley allowed permits to be
issued for caregivers upon receiving a Dr's note that in home
care is required. When my children were infants, they were
premature and did have health issues, and our Dr. was more than
willing to sign a note saying we needed to have in-home
assistance. We've not had a problem getting it renewed (for the
same person who still helps to care for our children.)
Also Parking Challenged
I am moving to Oakland (specifically Rockridge) and will be
having a nanny working at my house 2 days a week. Our new
neighborhood has 2 hour/residential permit parking, and we don't
have a driveway. Can anyone give me advice on what to do about
the nanny's car?
I also had the same problem (and I live in Rockridge) and asked
the permit parking people what they would suggest.
Unfortunately, the best they could recommend was that I get
either day or 2-week permit from them. The daily permits are $1
each, and the 2-week permit is $5, but the catch is that you
have to know the 2-week period when you request it (but not the
daily permit). There is no limit on the daily permits, and I
don't think there's a limit on the 2-weekers either. Not a
great solution, but the only one they provide. Good luck!
I live in Rockridge and we are allowed 3 permanent parking
passes per address. I believe that is the case in the entire
neighborhood. You are also able to purchase daily (and maybe
weekly) guest passes. I was told when I bought some recently
that I could buy as many as I wanted. If you need all 3
permanent passes for your own vehicles, you will have to
purchase the daily passes, at $1.00 each. They used to sell 2
week passes for $5.00 but I haven't gotten those recently and am
not sure if that is how it works anymore. In any case, you need
to provide some basic proof of residency and vehicle ownership
like a utility bill and registration. I don't have the tele#
handy but call the City Manager's office and they can direct
In the last Advice Given, someone mentioned that in Rockridge you can get 3
parking permits per residence, and that you need to show proof of residence
and/or registration of vehicle to that address. How do you get around the fact
that the nanny does not live there? Do people lie about nanny's address, or get
a bill of nanny's diverted to their address, or something more complex like
register the nanny's car to their address? These options seem too risky. We
were told by the city hall that we could not get a parking permit for a nanny
(we also need one for 2 day a week). We have been trying to figure out what to
do, as our nanny has already received a ticket which we have to pay for.
If anyone can shed a little more light on this situation I would appreciate it
greatly - and apparently I'm not the only one!
S in Rockridge
Regarding the parking permit for nannies, I'm not sure if you're
in Berkeley or Oakland, but I understand that Berkeley used to
allow this and has recently changed the rule, claiming that
allowing such permits for nannies was a violation of city law.
Now, only caregivers for the elderly can get a permit. As we
don't have a driveway (and the City has told us that it isn't
likely we can get a permit to get a driveway), this means that
our nanny has to park on a nearby busy street where there is
permit-free parking, which makes it dangerous for her to load
two kids into the car. I've brought this up with our city
counsel rep, but haven't heard back and need to follow up. You
may want to take the issue up with yours as well.
I was recently informed that the city of Berkeley will no longer
issue parking permits for babysitters. My baby sitter needs to
park on my street from 8-3 one day a week, and I am using up the
ten one-day permits allowed for a year quickly. I know there
must be many other parents that have a problem with this. I am
in a panic. I, like many other Berkeley parents, rent my home
and do not have access to a driveway. I'm in a real panic about
this. When I asked the manager of the parking service what she
suggested I do, she just said that it is not in the ordinance to
issue these permits and it was only done as a courtesy last year.
That still doesn't answer my question. How are other parents
with babysitters in their homes handling this?
Can your sitter come to your home on public transit? Or perhaps
you can pick up and drop off him/her?
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