Beach Parking Permits & 2016 Permit Availability

City of Santa Monica beach lots are open for public parking from sunrise to sunset only, with the exceptions of Lot 1N which is open from 6 AM to 2 AM, and the upper Pier Deck lot which is open 24 hours per day. The daily and hourly parking fees (see page 3) vary depending on the season and location of the lot. Click here for a map

A permit is not required to park at the beach during daylight hours. In lieu of paying the daily fee, frequent beach-goers may choose to purchase the following types of permits on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis.

California driver’s license and California vehicle registration reflecting your name and current address must be provided for all beach permit applications and renewals. We do not accept temporary registrations or documentation. Visit the links below for additional permit-specific requirements. 

All 2017 beach permits will be available Monday after Thanksgiving (11/28/16) EXCEPT annual Day Beach permits. Current annual Day Beach customers can renew starting 11/28/16. IF there are annual Day Beach permits remaining, they will be made available to new customers first Monday in February (2/6/17). Please expect long lines on both days and plan accordingly.


Day Beach Parking Permit - For California Residents, for day use only

  • Annual and semi-annuals - SOLD OUT for 2016
  • Monthly on sale now (August 2016 is sold out)

Day Lot Parking Permit - For employees of Santa Monica Pier or Beach businesses

  • Annual - SOLD OUT for 2016
  • Monthly and second semi-annual (Jul 1 - Dec 31) on sale now

Main Street Employee Parking Permit - For employees of businesses located on Main Street in Santa Monica

  • Annual and semi-annuals - SOLD OUT for 2016
  • Monthly on sale now

Senior Beach Parking Permit - For California Residents aged 62 and over, for day use only; valid April 1 through March 31 each year

  • SOLD OUT for 4/1/16 - 3/31/17 permit year
  • Permits for next permit year will go on sale, Monday, March 6, 2017

Overnight Resident Beach Parking Permit - For Santa Monica residents living within the beach zone

  • On sale now

Parking Operations

1717 4th Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8295

Office hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Alternate Fridays
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(closed every other Friday)

Only service animals are allowed when visiting our office. Thank you for your consideration.