Motorists & Parking
Parking Office Address & Hours
1717 4th Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Alternate Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed every other Friday. Please see the end of this page for office closure dates.
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.
Real-time parking availability and rates can be found on this interactive map or by downloading our free smart phone app.
Santa Monica Public Parking Map
Comprehensive list of all City parking rates and fees
Residential Permit Parking
The Residential Preferential Parking Permit program manages on-street parking to make it easier for residents and their guests to find parking near their homes. Here's how to apply or make changes to your account.
Existing preferential permit customers can use the Customer Web Portal to renew permits or print One-Day Temporary Parking Permits online
The best way to get to Santa Monica on Thursday nights between June 22 through August 17, 2017 (excluding July 6, 2017) is to take public transportation. Learn more about your options at www.howtotwilight.com. Gridlock is intense. If you must drive, please park away from the Pier at the following locations:
- Lot 4 South at 2030 Ocean Avenue - $5 flat rate, pay upon entry; no ins and outs; open at 6 a.m.
- Lot 5 South at 2600 Barnard Way - $5 flat rate, pay upon entry; no ins and outs; open at 6 a.m.
- Lot 3 North at 1150 Pacific Coast Highway - $10 flat rate, pay upon entry; no ins and outs; open at 6 a.m.
- Civic Auditorium Surface Lot at 1855 Main Street - $10 flat rate, pay upon entry; no ins and outs; open at 4 p.m. (not applicable at Civic Center Parking Structure)
When visiting the Santa Monica Pier, you may park in the lower lot 1N 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 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. 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 its temporary office at 1334 5th Street in Santa Monica. This temporary office is in effect until further notice.
For information on Electric Vehicle charging locations, see the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
Starting Monday, January 5, 2015, old elevators in Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structures 2, 4 and 5 will be replaced with modern ones. Please read the Construction Project Notice for more information.
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
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, August 18, 2017 - closed all day
- Friday, August 25, 2017 - closed at 2:30 p.m. for staff training
- Friday, September 1, 2017 - closed all day
- Monday, September 4, 2017 - closed all day for Labor Day
- Friday, September 15, 2017 - closed all day
- Friday, September 29, 2017 - closed all day
- Friday, October 13, 2017 - closed all day
- Friday, October 27, 2017 - closed all day