Parking

WHERE CAN I PARK IN LA?

Here you will find key parking rules for the City of Los Angeles, with some other nearby cities also mentioned (make sure you know which city you are parking in). These general rules apply unless there are more specific restrictions, as would generally be

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indicated by signs. So be sure to READ ALL SIGNS!

If there are no signs about a particular parking restriction, does that mean it doesn’t apply?

In California, you are generally subject to all parking laws (as well as all general laws), whether there is a sign or not. One exception is parking restrictions related to street sweeping, which must be posted on signs at least at the entrance of each block, otherwise the restrictions are not effective.1Vehicle Code Sec 22507.6

But before towing you, officials must give you notice, which is usually done by leaving a citation & warning on your car.2Vehicle Code 22651(n): “Whenever a vehicle is parked or left standing where local authorities, by resolution or ordinance, have prohibited parking and have authorized the removal of vehicles. Except as provided in subdivisions (v) and (w), a vehicle shall not be removed unless signs are posted giving notice of the removal.”


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PARKING LAWS IN LOS ANGELES AND NEARBY CITIES

What are the general restrictions on parking?

Throughout California, you may NOT park:3Vehicle Code Sec 22500; LA Dept of Transportation: “Can I park there?”

  • within 15 ft of a fire station driveway or fire hydrant
  • on the street, blocking a public or private driveway
  • on a sidewalk
  • on a bridge (unless specifically allowed)
  • in a tunnel

In addition to the above, in the city of LA, you may NOT park:4LA Dept of Transportation: “Can I park there?”

  • in one spot for more than 3 days (72 hrs) at a time (this is not strictly enforced, but people can report when a vehicle has been parked for more than 3
    days and have your car towed); same applies to Unincorporated LA County5LACMC 15.64.200
  • in an alley
  • in your front yard (driveway OK);6City of LA: LAMC 80.71.3 same applies to Unincorp L.A. County7LACMC 15.64.271; see more on driveway parking below
  • see more here

Can I park on part or all of a driveway?

Apron Parking (legal)

City of LA: you can park on a driveway if you are fully on the driveway or even partially on the driveway on partially on the street (“driveway apron parking“). But of course you must either own the driveway or have permission from the owner. And you can’t block the sidewalk or the street.

Unincorporated LA County: you can park on a driveway if you are fully on the driveway, and have permission from the owner. But you can’t block the sidewalk.

Can I park on the sidewalk? Or the strip of grass/concrete between the sidewalk and the street (“parkway”)?

Parkway parking (NOT legal)

City of LA: It’s technically illegal to park on the “parkway” (irony?), which is the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, usually covered in grass or plants.8LAMC 80.53 But the city has currently suspended enforcement of this rule. As for sidewalks, it is definitely illegal to park on the sidewalk, and the city is currently enforcing that rule.

Can I park on the street overnight?

City of LA: YES, as long as there are no signs that say otherwise.

Pasadena: Only if you have a permit. Without a permit, you can’t park between 2 AM – 6 AM. But this rule is NOT enforced between Dec 23 – Jan 3.

Beverly Hills: Only if you have a permit. Without a permit, you can’t park between 2:30 AM – 5 AM.9Beverly Hills Overnight Parking But this rule is NOT enforced on certain holidays.

Culver City: Only if you have a permit. Without a permit, you can’t park between 2-4AM.10Culver City Municipal Code 7.03.030

What do all the color curbs mean?11LADOT on Colored Curb Zones

Yellow curb

  • commercial loading up to 30 min12must have commercial license plate, passenger loading up to 5 min.
  • city of LA: In effect only Mon – Sat 7am – 6p; outside these times, anyone can park for any length of time (unless signs say otherwise).
  • other cities: Most other cities follow this enforcement schedule, including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Inglewood, Long Beach, and unincorporated areas (see more on unincorporated areas). Pasadena enforces Mon-Sat 6am-6p; Glendale Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Burbank every day 8a-6p; Culver City Mon – Sat 7:30am – 6pm;

Green curb

  • short term parking for either 15 or 30 min, as noted by signs.
  • city of LA: In effect only Mon – Sat 8a to 6p; outside the above times, anyone can park for any length of time (unless other signs).
  • other cities: Beverly Hills Mon-Sat 7a-6p; Pasadena Mon-Sat 6a-6p; Glendale Mon-Sat 9a-6p; Burbank every day 8a-6p. Culver City: every day 7:30a-6p; Long Beach: Mon-Sat 9am-6p; Inglewood: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm; Santa Monica & Hermosa Beach enforce 24/7.

Blue curb: ONLY if you are the valid holder of a disabled placard, or are driving the holder

White curb: ONLY for 5 min passenger loading, 24/7. Most other cities follow this, but Pasadena enforces only Mon-Sat 6am-6pm (except for parking in front of hotels, theaters, mailboxes, or valet); Burbank every day 8am-6pm (except in front of airport, theater, or taxi zone).

Are parking restrictions enforced on holidays?

In the city of LA, most parking restrictions (see which ones below) are NOT enforced the following holidays:13LADOT on “Can I Park There?”

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Cesar Chavez Day (Mar 31) – only street sweeping not enforced; all other rules apply
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veteran’s Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving – only street sweeping not enforced; all other rules apply
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

(In addition to these days themselves, if any of them fall on a Saturday it will be observed by the city on a Friday, meaning parking rules would not be enforced on the Friday as well. If it falls on a Sunday it will be observed by the city on a Monday)

Most other cities follow a similar holiday schedule, though with somewhat different rules on what is enforced or not:

Beverly Hills also observes Passover and Easter, and generally on holidays waives time limits, permit parking, street cleaning, overnight parking, and sometimes meters.

West Hollywood also observes Harvey Milk Day (May 22) and generally on holidays waives parking meter enforcement and associated time limits, and on most but not all holidays waives street cleaning rules.

Santa Monica: on some holidays street meters are waived; on other holidays street cleaning rules are waived; and on a few holidays, preferential parking rules are waived. But all beach lots and pay by space lots are enforced 24/7/365.

Pasadena waives parking meter enforcement on the following holidays: Jan 1, MLK Bday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Also overnight parking restriction rules are waived Dec 23 – Jan 3.

Glendale

Are parking restrictions enforced on election days?

In the city of LA, certain parking restrictions (below) are NOT enforced within 1 block radius of polling places.

Which parking restrictions are NOT enforced on the above holidays?

Unless signs specifically say they are enforced on holidays, the following are NOT enforced on holidays in the city of LA:

  • Time limits
  • Parking meters
  • No parking/no stopping on specified days and times (rush hour rules), EXCEPT for temporary no parking/no stopping signs
  • Parking district permit required (preferential parking)
  • Street sweeping

Note: All other restrictions ARE enforced on holidays, including colored curb zones and temporary “no parking” or “no stopping”

Am I allowed to park at a broken meter?

Yes. In the state of California, no city can ticket you for parking at a broken meter. But if there are time restrictions, you must follow these.14CA Veh. Code Sec. 22508.5

If I have a disabled placard, am I exempt from parking restrictions?

Yes, in California you are exempt from some of them, including:15California Vehicle Code Section 22511.5; also see LADOT “Parking Signs”

  • Parking district permit requirements
  • time limits
  • meters – you don’t have to pay

You are NOT exempt from:

  • parking rules for red, white, and yellow curbs
  • “No stopping” zones
  • “No parking” zones
  • Street sweeping

See more on disabled placard parking at our Person with Disability page.

What are the fines for parking violations?

For the city of LA, see full schedule of fines here (at the very bottom of page).


FULL PARKING RULES FOR L.A. AND NEARBY CITIES

City of Los AngelesUnincorporated L.A. County, Beverly HillsWest Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Glendale, Burbank, Culver CityHermosa BeachInglewoodLong BeachManhattan BeachRedondo Beach


EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS

How do I fight a parking ticket on my own? Try this great app.

My neighborhood has a permit requirement. How do I get a permit? See the LADOT website on permits.

How do I get a disabled placard? See DMV website.


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