Motorist and General Parking Overview
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.
Parking Citations and Information
Preferential Parking Permits limit on-street parking to make it easier for residents and their guests to find a parking space near their home. Proof of residency at an eligible address must be provided in order to purchase a Resident or Visitor permit.
The Customer Web Portal can be used by existing residential permit customers to renew permits, access their permit accounts, or look up parking citation information. Residents with active permit accounts may also print One-Day Temporary Parking Permits online for household guests.
Parks and Recreation Parking
City of Santa Monica beach lots are open for public parking from sunrise to sunset only, with the exception of the Pier lot which is open until 2 AM. The daily parking fee ranges from $6 to $15 per day depending on the season and location of the lot. Meters are available for short term parking. Frequent beachgoers may purchase beach parking permits on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Residents living near the beach may be eligible for Overnight Resident Beach Parking Permits.
City 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. The hourly rates can be found here.
All monthly passes for the downtown structures are sold out. To renew an existing pass, please call Central Parking System at (310) 576-4743 or visit their office at 1444 4th Street, downstairs from Parking Structure 5.
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 help ensure that users do not exceed the posted maximum time limit, thereby allowing us to better manage the limited supply of on-street parking that is always in high demand.
Parking meter time limits and enforcement hours have changed for most meters in the Downtown district in 2014. More information can be found here.
The Traffic Services Unit of the Santa Monica Police Department issues parking citations and handles all enforcement matters. For information about enforcement policies, parking holiday 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 1-800-214-1526.