Even in a tourist-oriented county, Capitola stands out as a popular destination—as it has been since 1869, when Mr. F. A. Hihn established California’s first seaside resort community in the present Village and Depot Hill areas of the city. Events such as the Begonia Festival and the Capitola Art & Wine Festival continue to draw visitors. Year-round, Capitola’s 10,000 residents enjoy the city’s restaurants, entertainment, scenic views, and shops—including the county’s only indoor mall.

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City Council

The City Council is composed of five councilmembers, all of whom are elected at large by all Capitola voters. Twice-monthly council meetings are open to the public.

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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission provides recommendations on General Plan amendments and rezoning requests, and interprets city planning policies and codes. Monthly meetings are open to the public.

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2024 Citywide Garage Sale

Celebrate Earth Day by giving unwanted items a renewed purpose! Mark your calendars for the Capitola Citywide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 20. All you need to do is register online until April 18. The Friday before the Garage Sale (by noon), a map will be available to the public at City Hall (420 Capitola Ave.) and on our website …

Updated Parking Rates Effective January 1st, 2024 - Public Parking and Parking Citations

Beach and Village Parking Lots - Upper and Lower

2024 Capitola Parking Permits will be available for purchase on December 15th, 2023

Village and Neighborhood Parking Permits There are four different types of residential parking permits - each with different rules, but each requires a parking permit that can be obtained from the Police Department. Parking permits are strictly enforced. Seasonal Neighborhood Parking Permits Enforcement of seasonal residential parking permits begins May 20th and through September 20th.   Coffee and Surf Permits

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City staff supports accepting a $500,000 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency to support the city's Capitola Wharf Resiliency and Public Access Project.
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