Motorists & Parking
1444 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Due to COVID-19 precautions the parking office will be closed to the public until further notice. Parking Operations staff are still available to address your permit needs by email.
Parking validations are still available for purchase! For more information please email SMparking@spplus.com or call (310) 576-4743.
General Parking Information
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.
In our continuing efforts to alleviate traffic congestion
and encourage parking availability for our on-street meters and Main Street
parking lots, there will be a slight parking rate increase effective July 1,
For on-street meters located in the Downtown and Beach Meter
Zones, the rate will now be $2.50/hour.
For on-street meters that are located in the Citywide Meter
Zone, the rate will be $1.25/hour.
At the Main Street lots, the daily rate will now be
$1.25/hour and the monthly rate will be $80/month.
The Pier Deck parking rate will now be $18 per day during summer days (April 1 - October 31). The winter (November 1 - March 31) Pier Deck parking rate will now be $12 on weekdays, and $15 on weekends.
The Central Zone beach summer (April 1 - October 31) parking rates will now be $15.
Please see below for our list of City-wide parking rates
effective July 1, 2020
Santa Monica Public Parking Map
Comprehensive list of all City parking rates and fees as of July 1, 2020
Residential Permit Parking
When visiting the Santa Monica Pier you may park in the lower Lot 1 North from 6 AM until 2 AM or in the upper Pier Deck lot 24 hours a day. All other City of Santa Monica beach lots are open for public parking from sunrise to sunset only. Fees vary depending on the season and location of the lot. Please see the comprehensive fee schedule under "General Parking Information" heading for rate information
Frequent beach-goers 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 10, The Ken Edwards Center, and the Civic Center Structure and Civic Center Lot are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please see the comprehensive fee schedule under "General Parking Information" heading for rate information.
All monthly passes for the downtown structures are sold out. To renew an existing pass or inquire about a waiting list, please call SP Plus at (310) 576-4743 or visit their office at 1444 4th Street in Santa Monica.
For information on Electric Vehicle charging locations, see the Office of Sustainability and the Environment page on this topic.
Santa Monica parking meters accept payment by both credit card and coins. The City uses parking meter sensors to 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
NOTE: Restaurants may designate one parking meter in front of their businesses as free 10-minute only pickup/delivery zones through July 31, unless further extended.
The Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Services Division 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 paytickets.smgov.net or call (800) 214-1526.
Please note the following office closure dates:
- Friday October 9, 2020 Closed All Day
- Friday October 23, 2020 Closed All Day
- Friday November 6, 2020 Closed All Day
- Friday November 20, 2020 Closed All Day
- Thursday November 26, 2020 Closed All Day
- Friday November 27, 2020 Closed All Day