The City of Monterey offers a parking program which allows Monterey residents, displaying the proper decal permit, a maximum of two hours of free parking, per day, per parking facility. The decals are honored in the Cannery Row Garage (at Foam & Prescott), Downtown East and West Garage (at Franklin & Tyler), and the Waterfront Attendant Lot (at Washington & Del Monte).
A resident parking permit decal can now be obtained online here. You'll need to upload a picture ID, current vehicle registration, and proof of residency (current utility bill, property tax bill, or rental agreement). All active military personnel and their immediate family are also eligible for this program.
There is an annual $20 administrative charge for each decal permit, and the permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.