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

Parking in LA is serious business

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 sidewalk4Vehicle Code 22500(f)
  • on a bridge (unless specifically allowed)
  • in a tunnel

In addition to the above, in the city of LA, you may NOT park:5LA 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 County6LACMC 15.64.200
  • in an alley7LAMC 80.61
  • in your front yard (driveway OK);8City of LA: LAMC 80.71.3 same applies to Unincorp L.A. County9LACMC 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: You cannot park on any sidewalk10Vehicle Code 22500(f) or on a “parkway” (irony?), which is the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, usually covered in grass or plants.11LAMC 80.53

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.12Beverly 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.13Culver City Municipal Code 7.03.030

What do all the color curbs mean?14LADOT on Colored Curb Zones

Yellow curb

  • commercial loading up to 30 min15must have commercial license plate, general 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 What are 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 Los Angeles, most parking restrictions (see which ones below) are NOT enforced the following holidays:16LADOT 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 applyCity celebrating 4th of July with fireworks
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly 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)

(BONUS: In addition to these days themselves, if any of the holidays fall on a Saturday, parking rules would ALSO not be enforced on the prior Friday as well! If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the rules would ALSO not be enforced on the following Monday. This applies for the city of Los Angeles, and we are not aware of it applying in other cities other than Glendale)

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

Beverly Hills appears to waive certain parking rules only on major holidays, but they do observe Passover and Easter. Although they don’t post a set schedule anywhere, they generally update their website with the next upcoming holiday during which they will relax some parking enforcement.

West Hollywood also observes Harvey Milk Day (May 22) in addition to all the city of LA holidays. On all designated holidays the city waives parking meter enforcement and associated time limits. Street cleaning rules are also waived on all such holidays other than Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk Day. The city always enforces residential permit parking.

Santa Monica has different rules depending on the holiday (why do they need to make it so complicated??). But on a holiday when meters are not generally enforced, they ARE still enforced if signage indicates it is enforced “daily.” Also note: all beach lots and pay by space lots are enforced 24/7/365.

The city of Santa Monica does NOT enforce the following:

  • Jan 1 – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
  • MLK Day – street meters, street cleaning
  • President’s Day – Street meters, street cleaning
  • Memorial Day – street meters, street cleaning
  • Independence Day – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
  • Labor Day – street meters, street cleaning
  • Columbus Day – street meters
  • Veteran’s Day – street meters
  • Thanksgiving – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
  • Friday after Thanksgiving – street cleaning
  • Christmas Eve – street cleaning
  • Christmas Day – street meters, street cleaning, permit parking
  • New Year’s Eve – street cleaning

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: appears that most parking restrictions are not enforced on the following holidays: Jan 1, MLK, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also follows the “Bonus” rule that city of LA does (see above).

[Note: just to be clear, we do NOT know of any cities that relax parking rules on the following holidays: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Tax Day, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Hanukah/Chanukah, or any solstice]

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.17CA 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:18California 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,19Chapter 15.64 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.


RELATED PAGES

Guide to Laws About Public Spaces, Parks, and Sidewalks in Los Angeles

Guide to Laws for Drivers in CA

Guide to Holiday Related Laws in Los Angeles

References   [ + ]