The Davis Downtown Business Association (DDBA) conducted a parking survey that was sent to all of our members in December of 2018. The survey consisted of 41 questions. The goal of the survey was to get respondents to provide valuable information and insight as to their views of the current parking situation in Downtown Davis, i.e. customer impact, employee use/impact, support of paid parking, etc.

The DDBA performed a thorough review/analysis of the survey results, and three major themes were represented in the parking survey:

  1. Business owners strongly feel that there is a parking supply issue in Downtown Davis
    1. Question #16 shows that 71% of the respondents feel that the automotive parking supply in Downtown Davis is not adequate
      1. Survey Response: “It is difficult to park in front of the location you may want to shop. However, due to the closeness of the shops and restaurants one can easily walk from one location to the next. The time limits on street parking does require one to shop quickly.
  2. Large portion of individual business owners are not supplying X Permits to their staff
    1. Question #27 reports that out of the 55 respondents who answered this question, 44% of employees who work downtown park in time limited spaces (non X-permit zones)
      1. Survey Response: “It’s very hard to keep moving their cars every two hours. When the parking permit for downtown for employees is so expensive.”
      2. Survey Response: “When they need to move the vehicle, there is no space and they have to drive around, in some cases 10 minutes or longer to find parking.”
  3. Large portion of respondents do not support the City’s plan to implement paid parking in Downtown Davis
    1. Question #38 shows that out of the 69 respondents that answered this question, 77% do not support the City’s plan to implement paid parking downtown
      1. Survey Response: “Time limited free parking is necessary, requiring payment for short stops is a disincentive to shopping downtown. I won’t stop for lunch if I have to pay for parking to pick up a sandwich.”
      2. Survey Response: “Better enforcement of parking time limits. Shorten time limits in high demand areas. Bigger push for employees to park remotely.”

The survey results and additional detail are linked below. In total, we received 90 survey responses. Of the 90 responses, 67 were identified as downtown business owners, 11 as non-business owners, and 12 as unidentified. The summary information is broken down according to the aforementioned groups. The chart and graph information is generated by the survey system and contains all responses.

If you have any additional questions about the survey or the responses please feel free to contact Davis Downtown at