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Where may I park?

You may park at any unpainted curb side that is not posted with a no stopping or no parking sign. Vehicles over three tons may park on streets only  authorized by local ordinance. Meter parking is available in Downtown, Belmont Shore, beach lots and at the Long Beach Airport. All meters accept quarters.


Where may I NOT park?
-Street Sweeping Zones: Parking in street sweeping zones is enforced throughout the City Tuesday through Friday with some City holidays excepted. Areas are posted for various hours with time zones ranging from 4:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  The City sweeps either side of a street in a given area on two different days. Posted signs indicate both the time and day each side of the street is swept. Check posted signs for specific days and times.

-Alleys: For the safety of the public, parking in alleys is not permitted in the City. Alleys must be available for emergency vehicles, i.e., fire trucks, ambulances, etc.

-Fire Lanes: Only City emergency vehicles may park in fire lanes.

-Painted Curbs: Please observe the following parking regulations regarding painted curbs:

  • Red - No stopping, standing or parking at any time.
  • Blue - Handicapped parking only (must display disabled license plate or a valid placard).
  • Yellow - May park long enough to load or unload freight or passengers.
  • White - Two-minute passenger loading and unloading only.
  • Green - May park for a limited time only. Time is usually painted on curb.

-Crosswalks: No parking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

-Sidewalk Ramp: Do not park within three feet (3) of a sidewalk ramp for the disabled.

-Driveways: Do not park so as to block a public or private driveway.

- Parkways and Sidewalks: Do not stop or park on any portion of the sidewalk or parkway.

- Intersection: Do not stop, park, or leave your vehicle within an intersection.

- Fire Hydrants: Do not park within fifteen feet (15) of a fire hydrant or the driveway entrance to any fire station.

- Railroad Tracks: Do not park on or within seven and one-half feet (7.5) of any railroad tracks.

- Bridge or Tunnel: Do not park except where permitted by signs.

- Private Property: Do not park on private property posted "no parking".

- Unpaved Lot(s): Do not park on vacant unpaved lot(s).

- Residential Area: Do not park commercial vehicles (over three tons) in residential areas.  Do not park in residential Preferential Parking Permit areas without City of Long Beach issued Preferential Parking Permit.


Additional Information:
- Vehicle "For Sale" Signs: A City ordinance prohibits the parking of any vehicle on a through street when there is a "For Sale" sign on the vehicle.

- 72-hour Limit: No vehicle shall be left standing on a street longer than 72 hours.

- Vehicle With Occupants: No person shall leave a standing, locked vehicle in which there is any person who cannot readily escape.

- Street Repair of Vehicles: It is unlawful for any person to repair, grease, construct or reconstruct a vehicle on the street.

- Current Registration: Vehicle must have current registration tags displayed on license plate, indicating month and year of expiration.

- Public Housing Projects: The following regulations shall apply within the boundaries of any housing project owned or operated by a public housing authority:


1. No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle unless such vehicle clearly displays an authorized and valid parking permit issued by the housing authority.

2. Vehicles must be parked clearly within a designated space so provided.

3.It is unlawful for any person to construct or to grease any vehicle on any part of any street or in any designated parking lot or area within a Public Housing Project.

4. Any vehicle parked in violation of the above may be towed at the owner’s expense.


- Curb Parking: Vehicles parked upon a roadway adjacent to a curb shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheel of the vehicle parallel with and within eighteen inches of the right-hand curb. Therefore, a vehicle is illegally parked and subject to citation if it is stopped or parked upon a roadway in a direction opposite to the normal flow of traffic. Motorcycles shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. A vehicle must face in the direction of normal traffic flow.

- Front Lawn: It is unlawful to park on a front lawn. Open parking is permitted only on paved areas in front of the garage or in the rear 2/3 of a lot.

- Parking In A Space For Disabled Persons: It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in a stall or space designated for disabled persons unless the vehicle displays a special disabled identification license plate or a valid disabled placard. Disabled person spaces are designated by a sign and space or stall markings consisting of a profile view of a wheelchair with occupant in white on a blue background. It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in the area adjacent to a space or stall designated for the disabled that is marked by crosshatched lines.

Can I pay my parking ticket online?
Yes, we have established a parking citation payment online service.

Pay parking citations online

How do I check to see if I have outstanding parking citations.
Questions relating to the issuance of parking citations or the payment of a citation can be answered by calling the Parking Citation Section at (562) 570-6822, between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

How do I contact the DMV
Phone: 1-800-777-0133

Web Site: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/

How do I contest a Citation?
If you wish to contest a parking citation, you must request a review within 21 days of the issuance date. The request for review may be made by mail by filling out the Parking Citation Initial Review Form, by telephone or in person. Please note the telephone number provided on the face of your parking citation. (For the deaf and hard-of-hearing, please call TDD 570-6693). You must indicate your reasons for requesting an Administrative Review and include copies of all supporting documentation (documentation will not be returned) relating to the citation, i.e., photographs, D.P. placard, ID card, permit holder information, etc. Please note, this Administrative Review process must be followed in order to contest a parking citation.

Questions relating to the issuance of parking citations or the payment of a citation can be answered by calling the Parking Citation Section at (562) 570-6822, between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

How do I obtain a Preferential Parking Permit?
Permits are available at City Hall, Parking Citations Section, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, Lobby Level, Long Beach, CA 90802 or you can download the application now.

I need help with a traffic ticket (moving violation), who would I call?
You will need to contact the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  See Link.

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I want to buy a city vehicle at auction, who do I need to contact?
You can contact the Lien Sale Division of the City of Long Beach at (562) 570-2828.

I want to fight a traffic ticket (moving violation), who would I call?
You will need to call the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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I want to report a broken parking meter, who would I need to contact?
You will need to contact the Police Traffic Division with the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7241 or you can contact the Parking Citations Section at (562) 570-6822.

What are the city restrictions on parking oversize vehicles?
You are not allowed to park oversized vehicles on residential streets nor are you allowed to park where signs are posted which prohibits the parking of oversized vehicles.

What do I do if my car has vanished?
You will need to contact the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711.

What happens when you violate a parking law?
If you park illegally and receive a citation, read carefully and follow all instructions on the citation. Failure to submit payment within the required time may result in a penalty being added to the original fine and a hold being placed against your vehicle registration, or the vehicle may be towed.

Once a citation has been placed against the registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the payment can be made when renewing registration or at Long Beach City Hall. For prompt posting of the payment, it is advisable to pay directly to the City of Long Beach.

California Vehicle Code Section 22651 (i) gives authorization for the towing or booting of a vehicle when citations are issued and remain unpaid. Should your vehicle be towed for outstanding citations, you may contact the Parking Citation Section for information pertaining to the towing and amount due or go to the Towing Operations Website. The vehicle must have current registration and all towing and storage fees must be paid prior to the release of the vehicle.

For further information, you may contact the Parking Citations Section at (562) 570-6822.

 

What is a Preferential Parking Permit?
In some areas of the City that are posted with prohibited or limited parking (one or two hour zones), preferential parking districts have been approved.  If you live in one of those designated areas, you may be exempt from this parking restriction by purchasing a Preferential Parking Permit.  Permits are available at City Hall or you can download the application now.

Where can I find public parking in Downtown Long Beach?
Please see the attached map for locations at which two hours of parking are free with validation.

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Where can I get a handicapped placard?
You can receive information regarding the handicapped placard by contacting the California Department of Motor Vechicles by telephone at (800) 777-0133 or via the internet at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/ .

Where can I get help with my car registration?
You can renew your registration by contacting the California Department of Motor Vechicles by telephone at (800) 777-0133 or via the internet at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/ .

Where can I renew my driver license?
You can renew your driver license by contacting the California Department of Motor Vechicles by telephone at (800) 777-0133 or via the internet at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/ .

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