Parking Enforcement Information

The Traffic Services Unit of the Santa Monica Police Department works under the Special Enforcement Division and includes sworn and civilian personnel. Together, this Unit provides traffic and parking enforcement services to the City and its citizens. For questions about parking enforcement or citations, please call (310) 458-8466. You may also pay or contest a citation online.

NOTICE OF EMAIL PHISHING SCAM: Neither the City of Santa Monica, nor any of its partners including Xerox, will initiate unrequested contact with you via email regarding paying a parking citation. If you receive an unsolicited email, please disregard it and do not make any payments via the links contained in the email. The email is a scam and you should not open or click on any links in the email. We apologize for all inconvenience created by the email.

If you email the City regarding a citation, we might respond with a link to pay online depending on the nature of the correspondence. The only online payment site for City of Santa Monica parking citations is paytickets.smgov.net. Any questions regarding the authenticity of a notice should be directed to our Customer Service Department at 1-800-214-1526.

 

Holiday Enforcement Schedule

Parking Meters

Parking meters will not be enforced on the following holidays, except for meters that are enforced daily according to posted signage. Meters that are enforced daily must be paid on all weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - The 3rd Monday in January
  • President’s Day - The 3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day - The last Monday in May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - The 1st Monday in September
  • Columbus Day - The 2nd Monday in October
  • Veteran’s Day - November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - The 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Street Cleaning

Street cleaning will not be enforced on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Eve - December 31
  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - The 3rd Monday in January
  • President’s Day - The 3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day - The last Monday in May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - The 1st Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day - The 4th Thursday in November
  • Friday after Thanksgiving - The 4th Friday in November
  • Christmas Eve - December 24
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Preferential Parking

Preferential Parking (residential/visitor permits) will not be enforced on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving Day - The 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Keep in mind...

  • All City of Santa Monica beach lots and pay-by-space lots are enforced 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, including all weekends and holidays.
  • Vehicles cannot be parked in the same parking space for more than 72 hours.
  • You can be cited for not displaying current registration tags on your license plate. This citation is for the current tags not being properly displayed, NOT for failing to pay vehicle registration fees. [CVC 5204]
  • California Vehicle Code requires that all vehicles display two license plates. Plates must be displayed and attached to the rear and front of vehicle. [CVC 5200]
  • Yellow Loading Zones (15 minute limit) are enforced Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm, unless otherwise posted.
  • Green Zones are enforceable 24 hours for the time limit posted.
  • White Zones are enforceable 24 hours for the three minute time limit.
  • Vehicles displaying special recognition plates issued by the State of California or valid white or green Clean Air or Zero Emissions decals can park at meters without paying, up to the posted maximum time limit. As of July 1, 2011, Yellow Hybrid Decals are no longer exempt.

Disabled Person Placard/Plates

A vehicle displaying a valid Disabled Person placard or license plate may park:

  • In parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol).
  • Next to a blue curb authorized for persons with disabilities parking.
  • Next to a green curb without restrictions to time limits.
  • In an on-street metered parking space at no charge.
  • On a street that indicates it requires a residential or preferential parking permit.

More information on Disabled Person placards/plates can be found on the Santa Monica Police Department and Department of Motor Vehicles websites.

Towing Information

If your vehicle is towed from a City street or City-owned lot or structure, call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495. 

Your vehicle can be towed for any of the following violations:

  • Blocking a driveway or fire hydrant
  • No visible vehicle identification
  • Storing your vehicle for more than 72 hours
  • 5 or more delinquent parking tickets
  • Traffic hazard
  • 6 months or more expired registration
  • Posted Sign: Tow-Away, Valet Zone, or Bus Zone

 

Parking Operations

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

(310) 458-8295

parking@smgov.net

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.