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. You must be a resident living in a preferential parking zone to qualify for permits.
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 9 and the Civic Center Structure and Civic Center Lot are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Main Library Structure 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:
- Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - closed at 3:00 p.m. for employee event
- Friday, December 8, 2017 - closed all day
- Friday, December 15, 2017 - closed at 2:30 p.m. for employee event
- Friday, December 22, 2017 - closed all day
- Monday, December 25, 2017 (Christmas) - closed all day
- Friday, December 29, 2017 (New Year's Eve) - closed at 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, January 1, 2018 (New Year's Day) - closed all day
- Friday, January 5, 2018 - closed all day
- Monday, January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King Day) - closed all day
- Friday, January 19, 2018 - closed all day
- Friday, February 2, 2018 - closed all day
- Friday, February 16, 2018 - closed all day
- Monday, February 19, 2018 (President's Day) - closed all day
- Friday, March 2, 2018 - closed all day