Motorists & Parking

Civic Center Parking Structure

The City uses current technology and real-time information to keep cars moving on major boulevards and limit the impact of regional traffic on local streets. This includes a comprehensive street wayfinding system, including signs directing motorists to off-street parking and displaying real time parking availability at many public parking facilities including parking meters. Parking rates reflect the value of parking and are set to ensure that spaces are available when needed.

Real-time parking availability and rates can be found on this interactive map or by downloading our free smart phone app.

All City Parking Rates and Fees

Residential Permit Parking

The Residential Preferential Parking Permit program manages on-street parking to make it easier for residents and their guests to find parking near their home. Here's how to apply or make changes to your account.

Existing preferential permit customers can use the Customer Web Portal to renew permits or print One-Day Temporary Parking Permits online

Beach Parking

City of Santa Monica beach lots are open for public parking from sunrise to sunset only, with the exception of the Pier lot which is open until 2 AM. The daily parking fees vary depending on the season and location of the lot. Meters are available for short term parking. Frequent beachgoers may purchase beach parking permits on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis.

Residents living within the beach zone may be eligible for Overnight Resident Beach Parking Permits.

Downtown Parking Structures

Parking Structures 1 through 9 and the Civic Center structure and lot are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Main Library garage is open from 8 AM to 11 PM, seven days per week. The hourly rates can be found here.

All monthly passes for the downtown structures are sold out. To renew an existing pass or inquire about a waiting list, please call Central Parking System at (310) 576-4743 or visit their office at 1444 4th Street, downstairs from Parking Structure 5.

For information on Electric Vehicle charging locations, see the Office of Sustainability and the Environment

Starting Monday, January 5, 2015, old elevators in Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structures 2, 4 and 5 will be replaced with modern ones. Please read the Construction Project Notice for more information. 

On-Street Meters

Santa Monica parking meters accept payment by both credit card and coins. The City uses parking meter sensors to help ensure that users do not exceed the posted maximum time limit, thereby allowing us to better manage the limited supply of on-street parking that is always in high demand.

Parking meter enforcement times were changed for most meters in the Downtown and beach area in 2014. More information can be found here

Parking Citations

The Traffic Services Unit of the Santa Monica Police Department issues parking citations and handles all enforcement matters. For information about enforcement policies, holiday parking enforcement schedules, or to report a parking violation, please call (310) 458-8466.

To pay or contest a parking citation, please visit or call 1-800-214-1526.

Office Closures

Please note the following office closure dates: 

  • Friday, March 6 - closed all day
  • Friday, March 20 - closed all day 
  • Friday, April 3 - closed all day
  • Friday, April 17 - closed all day