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 Parking Rates

 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.

Downtown Parking Structures

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

Office Closures

Please note the following closures for the month of April: 

  • Friday, April 4 - closed all day
  • Friday, April 18 - closed all day


Contact Parking Office

Finance Department
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