Santa Monica offers travelers and residents alike a wide variety of activities to explore within its city limits, but the local parking authority makes parking tricky. When you’re looking for parking, expect to compete with a high volume of people who are also looking for the most popular spots.
Keep reading to find out about Santa Monica parking rules and discover tips and tricks to avoid surprise regulations and find the best parking spots near your destination.
New Santa Monica residents are now able to apply for residential parking permits online. It takes between 3-5 days for applications to process. Existing residents hoping to renew their residential parking permit should use the customer web portal. If you’re in a crunch, you can also print out one-day temporary parking permits.
Here’s how to read the parking signs you’ll come across while parking in the city:
Limited parking sign: When you see this sign, be sure not to park when it says “No Parking” and only park for how long the sign allows.
Residential parking sign: To park here for longer than 2 hours, you’d need a residential parking permit.
Santa Monica has plenty of street and metered parking that costs between $1.0 to $3.0 per hour. It’s important to understand the rules of that specific meter if you don’t want to get a parking ticket.
Read all of the street signs carefully before you park.
This popular Santa Monica destination doesn’t have to be a parking headache.
Here’s how to find affordable or free parking near Santa Monica pier:
Pay attention to Santa Monica parking rules to make sure you don’t end up with a ticket on your windshield. Check out the free parking guide to learn more.
Where can I find parking garages near downtown?
The easiest way to find parking garages in Santa Monica is by heading to the parking map. There, you’ll find all of the information you need and you’ll be able to reserve a spot right then and there.
Costs for parking tickets in Santa Monica aren’t cheap. If you’re already facing a steep parking ticket bill, the city allows you to contest it.
Before you jump to any conclusions, call 311 or visit the official city towing page. There are several ways you can find out if your car was towed or stolen.
Santa Monica does give people a break every once in a while. Street parking is free on select parking holidays throughout the year.
Check out this guide if you’re looking for free parking in Santa Monica beyond the free parking that’s available every Sunday at metered spaces.
Below are the official parking holidays in the city. To know which specific regulations are suspended on these days, please check the SpotAngels app.
Parking meters will not be enforced on the following holidays, except for meters that are enforced daily according to posted signage. Meters that are enforced daily must be paid on all weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||3rd Monday in January|
|President’s Day||3rd Monday in February|
|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|
|Christmas Day||December 25|