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Signs, Curb Markings,
and Street Lights

Curb_Painter_CROP_1The Public Works Department handles the maintenance of all traffic signals, parking meters, street markings, street lights and signs (red, white, green and yellow curbs). The Public Works Department also places curb markings and/or appropriate signs to indicate parking regulations as described in the municipal code 10.26.020. Where no curb exists, markings may be painted upon most appropriate surface or signs may be placed instead of or in addition to such markings and/or signs have been installed and are in place, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to stop, stand or park and vehicle in violation of any such markings and/or sign.

 Yellow Curb Markings

Indicates stopping only for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or freight for a period of not in excess of two (2) minutes for passenger loading or unloading. The words "LOADING ZONE" shall be stenciled on the yellow paint or appropriate signs may be posted. This restriction shall apply only between seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) P.M. on any day except Sundays and holidays. No one such loading zone shall exceed thirty five feet (35') in length.

 White Curb Markings

Stopping only for loading or unloading of passengers or depositing mail in an adjacent mailbox or, when stenciled 'TAXICAB STAND", for the standing of taxicabs or automobiles for hire. No person shall use a white zone for a period in excess of two (2) minutes except that taxicabs or automobiles for hire at taxicab stands are exempted from this limit.

 Green Curb Markings

Parking limited to a time from ten (10) to thirty (30) minutes, as determined by the traffic engineer for a particular location or locations, between nine o'clock (9:00) A.M. and six o'clock (6:00) P.M. of any day, except Sundays and holidays. A legend containing the applicable time limitation followed by the words "MIN. PARKING" shall be stenciled on the green, or appropriate signs may be posted.

 Red Curb Markings

Red curb markings have been installed and are in place, no operator shall stop or park any vehicle for any purpose at any time except that bus may stop in a red zone marked or sign posted as a bus stop as provided in section 10.26.040. Red zones, other than bus zones shall not exceed one hundred fifty feet (150'), or one-half (1/2) block in length, whichever is less. Red curb markings may be used to supplement or in place of signs prohibiting stopping. 

 Blue Curb (Disabled Parking) Markings

Thank you for interest in on street disabled parking zone. You can download an "application for on-street handicapped parking zone". Please complete and return to our office. Please take the time to thoroughly complete each of the seven sections of the application. Incomplete applications will delay processing.

Section 10.34.025 of the Long Beach Municipal Code requires that a disabled zone applicant certify that no existing on street or off street parking space meets his or her parking needs. Section 4 of the application provides an opportunity for you to make such a certification by explaining why available parking near your home is not adequate.

Applications without a reasonable explanation or certification will be denied. Disabled zones installed on public property upon approval of an application, are not reserved for the applicant. Any motorist who displays a valid disabled parking placard or appropriate disabled person license plate may park in any disabled parking space on public property.

You may forward the completed application to our office by mail or fax at (562) 570-7161. Although the City strives to install disabled parking zones in a timely manner, the physical installation of such zones may be delayed from time to time due to other urgencies. If you would like to check on the status of your request, please call (562) 570-6331. To obtain a curb application, please call us at (562) 570-6331 and one will be mailed to you.

Mail us at:


City of Long Beach
Department of Public Works, Traffic and Transportation Bureau
411 West Ocean Boulevard, 4th floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Red tip curbs are offered at a fee per location.
Visit the City of Long Beach Fee Schedule for current fees.
Access the Driveway Red Tip Application
For more information regarding these services please call (562) 570-6331, or fax, (562) 570-7161.

Street Lights

As of May 2021, the Public Works Department oversees and maintains the City's street light system. Street light repairs may consist of a light outage, physical damage to the pole or light, and/or light switching on outside of its nightly schedule. Below are ways to report an issue with a street light, and once the request is received the site will be inspected within 7-10 days and prioritize the request based on severity.

How to Report:

To submit a street light maintenance request, call our hotline (562) 570-2700 or on the GO Long Beach App. We ask that when submitting your request, provide the street address where the street light is located and the nearest intersection.