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

Preferential Parking Permits limit on-street parking to make it easier for residents and their guests to find a parking space near their home. Proof of residency at an eligible address must be provided in order to purchase a Resident or Visitor permit. Effective October 1, 2013 the City has adopted new Preferential Parking Permit rates for all Resident and Visitor permits.

The Customer Web Portal can be used by existing residential permit customers to renew permits, access their permit accounts, or look up parking citation information. Residents with active permit accounts may also print One-Day Temporary Guest Parking Permits online for household guests.  

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

Parking for Twilight Concert Series

The Santa Monica Pier’s annual Twilight Concert Series begins July 10 and continues each Thursday evening through September 11. Special discounted parking is available for concert attendees in the long-term section of Beach Lot 4S located at 2030 Ocean Avenue (at Bicknell Ave.) south of the Pier. Vehicles entering after 4:00 PM will pay a $5.00 flat rate and may stay in this lot up to 30 minutes after the end of the show. Regular rates apply for vehicles entering before 4:00 PM.

Parking in Beach Lots 1N and 3N, located immediately north of the Pier, will have a $15.00 flat rate for all vehicles entering after 4:00 PM.

Regular parking rates in the Downtown structures and Civic Center are in effect during the concert series. Concert parking will not be permitted in Beach Lots 1S, 2S, or 3S.

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, 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

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 time limits and enforcement hours are being changed for most meters in the Downtown district in 2014. More information can be found here.

Office Closures

Please note the following office closure dates: 

  • Friday, August 8 - closed all day
  • Friday, August 22 - closed all day 
  • Monday, September 1 - closed all day
  • Friday, September 5 - closed all day
  • Friday, September 19 - closed all day


Contact Parking Office

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