Parking Rules and Regulations

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Parking Division
340 Tyler Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3953
Fax: (831) 646-5651
Contact Form
Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5PM
except major holidays.
The City of Monterey runs a diligent parking enforcement program. It is the intention of this program to ensure that public parking in Monterey is used in the best fashion possible.

In order to achieve this goal we apply certain City and State regulations to govern the use and misuse of parking facilities. Enforcement of these regulations is done through a citation process. This means that any violators of applicable City or State parking regulations will be issued a parking citation.

City Code, Chapter 20

For more information link to the City Code:
Chapter 20- Motor Vehicles & Traffic

In order to help you avoid being cited we have compiled the following information regarding parking rules and regulations:

Double Parking
It is illegal for a passenger vehicle to be double parked at any time. Double parking impedes the flow of traffic and could deny access to an emergency vehicle. Please do not double park.

Fire Hydrants
It is illegal to park in front of, or within 15 feet of any fire hydrant. Blocking a hydrant could cost someone their life.

Green Zones

Short term parking, to be used for 12 or 24 minute parking only. These zones are clearly marked by a green curb and/or a sign. The time limit will be specified either on the curb or the sign.

Disabled Parking

These zones and spaces, marked by either a blue curb, a sign, or a wheel chair painted in the space, are reserved for persons with license plates or placards issued by the State that specifically denote a disabled driver. All other vehicles parked in these zones/spaces will be cited.

Metered Parking

There are a variety of metered parking spaces in the City. These meters are enforced as posted seven days a week. Most meters accept quarters, dimes, nickels. More info, Street & Metered Parking...

Park with the flow- Park in the space

It is illegal to park against the flow of traffic. Your vehicle must face the same direction as the traffic flow and be no more than 18" from the curb. On-street parking spaces are designated by T's painted on the pavement. Take care to park within these designated space markings.

Permit Parking

Certain parking lots, or spaces within lots, are reserved for permit holders. These areas are clearly posted; parking in a permit required area without the proper permit is illegal. Dispenser tickets are not considered to be permits.

Red Zones

No parking at any time. These zones are clearly marked with a red curb and/or a sign. 
Parked in excess of 72 Hours -City Code 20-72
No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours.

Residential Parking
You must have a residential permit to park for longer than one hour in certain residential areas of the City. Watch for signs which designate these residential areas.  More info, Resident Parking Programs...


Sidewalks are for pedestrian use only. It is illegal to park with any part of your vehicle on, or blocking a sidewalk. In addition, please make sure that you do not block disabled access ramps to sidewalks. It is illegal to park in a crosswalk.

Pay Station Lot

To park in certain City owned lots you must first find a parking space, then purchase a ticket / or pay for space at the pay station located in the lot. In most cases the pay stations are located at or near the entrance to these lots. Pay stations take coin or credit cards.

Time Limits

Time limits are clearly posted in all controlled parking areas. Look for signs or for curb markings. After you have parked in a time limit zone for the posted time you must move your vehicle at least 150 feet to avoid being cited. It is illegal to remove a chalk mark from your car's tire.

Undesignated Space

When parking in a lot or garage make sure that you are parked in a single designated space.

White Zones

Passenger loading zone, to be used for the loading and unloading of passengers and their baggage for a maximum of 3 minutes. These zones are clearly marked by a white curb and/or a sign.

Yellow Zones

Loading zone, to be used for the loading and unloading of equipment or materials for a maximum of 20 minutes. These zones are clearly marked with a yellow curb and/or a sign. Some yellow zones are for use by commercial vehicles only. These zones are clearly marked with "Commercial Loading Only" signs or curb markings.

Pay Attention

Paying careful attention to posted parking restrictions and time limits will save you a lot of time and trouble. If you are in doubt call the City of Monterey Parking Division at 831.646.3953, email us or ask a Parking Enforcement Officer for information.