Motorists & Parking
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 Parking Rates
All City Parking Rates and Fees
For information on Electric Vehicle charging locations, see the Office of Sustainabilty and the Environment.
Please note the following closures for the month of December:
- Friday, December 13 - closed all day
- Friday, December 20 - open 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM, closed 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, open 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Tuesday, December 24 - open 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM only
- Wednesday, December 25 - closed all day
- Friday, December 27 - closed all day
- Tuesday, December 31 - open 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM only
- Wednesday, January 1 - closed all day
Preferential Parking regulations limit on-street parking to make it easier for residents and their guests with permits to find a parking space near their home. A Preferential Parking Permit exempts a vehicle from preferential parking restrictions within the specified zone and within a two-block radius to the registered address of the permit. Residents in preferential parking zones may also request One-Day Temporary Guest Parking Permits online for household guests. Residents living near the beach may be eligible for Overnight Resident Beach Parking Permits.
Existing residential permit customers may renew permits, access their preferential parking permit account, or look up parking citation information through the Customer Web Portal.
The City has adopted new Preferential Parking Permit rates for all Resident and Visitor permits with an effective date that begins on or after October 1, 2013.
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 fee ranges from $6 to $15 per day 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.
Downtown Parking Structures
Currently all monthly passes for the downtown structures are sold out. To renew an existing pass, please call Central Parking System at (310) 576-4743 or visit their office at 1444 4th Street, downstairs from Parking Structure 5.