Apply For a Car Sharing Program Permit

The first step to applying for any of the City of Oakland's car share permits is to become a Qualified Car Share Organization

Please first review the Qualified Car Share Organization Terms and Conditions below and reach out to Parking and Mobility staff at carshare@oaklandnet.com to apply.

Free-Floating Car Share Pilot

“Free-floating” car share allows a member to rent an available car share vehicle, and complete the trip anywhere in a designated “home zone.” The member may drive the vehicle out of the zone, but can only end a trip within the zone. The viability of this model relies on the car share organization’s ability to park its vehicles on-street in both metered and residential areas free from parking duration limits. Vehicles are available 24/7 and are owned by a private car share organization. The City adopted the Free-Floating Zone Parking Permit (FFZPP) and the Master Residential Parking Permit (MRPP) in February of 2015 and is currently (February 2017) working with two car share organizations interested in pursuing permits.

Where, how many, and when?

As detailed in the FFZPP/MRPP Terms and Conditions, At least 20 percent of the home zone must encompass all or parts of census tracts that have been designated Communities of Concern by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Operators are pursuing a multi-city home zone that includes parts of both Oakland and Berkeley. There are currently 250 free-floating vehicles in service (GIG Car Share), with the possibility of more vehicles down the road based on the success of the pilot.

Dedicated Space Car Share Pilot

“Dedicated Space” car share is the first and most common form of car share. This model consists of members making round trips from a dedicated location. Vehicles are available 24/7, and are owned by a car share organization. This form of car share can actually relieve parking congestion and expand car share services to neighborhoods without parking lots or garages. The City adopted the Dedicated Space Parking Permit in November of 2016 and is currently (June 2017) working with three car share organizations interested in pursuing permits.

Where, how many, and when?

As detailed in the Dedicated Space Car Share Terms and Conditions, the City will strive to ensure that as many Oaklanders can access car share services as possible through strategic siting policies and incentives. Operators can pursue permits throughout the City, but the price of the permit varies depending on the demand for the space. Operators will be incentivized to pursue spaces in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods like East and West Oakland though the opportunity area bonus formula. The City anticipates approximately 100 dedicated space vehicles will be located in on-street spaces over the course of the pilot, beginning in Summer 2017. The City hopes to permit more dedicated spaces down the road, based on the success of the pilot.