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PARKING ORDINANCES
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For the safety of visitors and residents alike, City and State parking ordinances are strictly enforced within the City of Long Beach. 


You may email us with any questions.


   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, the beach lots and at the Long Beach Airport. All meters accept quarters. You can also visit DowntownLongBeachParking.org


   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. They 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.


  WHAT HAPPENS IF MY VEHICLE WAS TOWED? 

If your vehicle has been towed and is being held for delinquent parking citations, do not make a payment using this online system. You will need to speak to a customer service representative at (562) 570-6822 between the hours of 7:30 AM. to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays. You should have your vehicle license number ready. Please be aware that you must pay all parking citations on the towed vehicle as well as all parking citations in your name owed on any other vehicle. Citations must be paid by cash or credit card.


  WHAT HAPPENS IF I 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.

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  HOW DO I PAY FOR A PARKING CITATION?
 

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To pay for a parking citation, you may search by Citation number or Notice number. Your citation number is located on the original ticket or on the Notice of Parking Citation. To search by Citation number, you will need both Citation number and time of violation. If you have a handwritten citation with 7 digits, please proceed the citation number with 00.  To search by Notice Number, you will need the Notice number (located on Notice of Parking Citation) and the 5-digit Zip Code.


LATE PAYMENT INFORMATION:

A payment received in our office after the due date will cause a late penalty to be added. Postmarks WILL NOT be honored. Failure to clear a citation by payment may result in a hold on your vehicle registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles and will incur a penalty in addition to the above amount. Furthermore, the vehicle may be towed or the registered owner may be subject to a civil judgment as well as intercept of your State Income Tax. 

What if I do not have my citation number?
If you do not have your citation number, call the City of Long Beach Parking Citations at (562)570-6822. Have your license plate number or the Registered Owner’s name available.

How much is the processing fee?
The processing fee is $1.59 per citation, charged by the 3rd party vendor. The City of Long Beach does not receive this money.

Can I make several payments at once, or must I make each payment individual?
You can pay multiple citations in one transaction.

How long does it take for my payment to reflect in your system?
The citation is updated with your payment as soon as you successfully complete your transaction (The receipt page contains the transaction number). If you believe the payment did not complete successfully, DO NOT ATTEMPT THE SAME PAYMENT. This is to ensure you do not submit a duplicate payment. Contact Customer Service at (562)570-6822 for assistance.

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   HOW DO I CONTEST A CITATION?         

COMMON REASONS THAT DO NOT SUPPORT DISMISSING CITATION:

  • I have no money to pay.
  • I never received a citation before.
  • I did not know I could not park there.
     

Initial Review- To Contest a Citation at the First Level   (California Vehicle Code 40215.(a).

If you wish to contest a parking citation, you must request a review within 21 days of the issuance date.  You may click the “Contest Citation” button to submit your request. Up to three (3) documents may be attached for review.

You may also appeal the citation:

By Mail:      Parking Citations

                   PO Box 22766

                   Long Beach, CA  90801

In Person:  City of Long Beach City Hall

                   333 West Ocean Blvd, Lobby Level

                   Long Beach, CA  90802

When contesting, you must indicate the reason(s) for requesting an Administrative Review and include copies of all supporting documents (documents will not be returned) relating to the citation, i.e., photographs, permit holder information, witness statements, etc. The Administrative Review process must be followed in order to contest a parking citation.

Please note- Handicap Citations 

There are 2 options to dispute a Handicap Citation.

#1- Contest the citiation (CVC 40215) within 21 days of the citation date or 14 days from the mailing of notice of delinquent parking violation.

                                                                                -OR-

#2 In lieu of contest, remit a $25 Failure to Display Placard:  Adminstrative Charge (CVC 40226) to process cancellation of a citation in any case where the individual who received the citation can show proof that he or she had been issued a vaild placard at the time the citation was received.

 Administrative Hearing-To Contest a Citation at the Second Level (CVC 40215.(b).

If the citation has been reviewed and you are not satisfied with the results, you may request an Administrative Hearing. You will be required to pay the full amount of the parking citation and a $25.00 Administrative Hearing fee by the due date on the Upheld notice. The Hearing request may be made by internet, mail or in person and must be requested by the due date on your notice.  The request must indicate whether you are requesting a hearing in person or by mail. If you request the hearing in person, you will notified of the date and time of the hearing and you must appear at that time. If you request a hearing by written declaration, you may submit additional documents prior to the hearing for consideration by the hearing officer. You will be notified by mail of the decision by the hearing officer. If you are not satisfied with this decision you have the right to file an appeal in Superior Court. 

Superior Court- To contest a Citation at the Third Level (CVC 40230.(a).

40230.   (a) Within 30 calendar days after the mailing or personal delivery of the final decision described in subdivision (b) of Section 40215, the contestant may seek review by filing an appeal to be heard by the municipal court, or by the superior court in a county in which there is no municipal court, where the same shall be heard de novo, except that the contents of the processing agency's file in the case shall be received in evidence. A copy of the notice of parking violation or, if the citation was issued electronically, a true and correct abstract containing the information set forth in the notice of parking violation shall be admitted into evidence as prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein. A copy of the notice of appeal shall be served in person or by first-class mail upon the processing agency by the contestant. For purposes of computing the 30-calendar-day period, Section 1013 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall be applicable. A proceeding under this subdivision is a limited civil case.

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  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION         

Vehicle "For Sale" Signs: The Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) prohibits the parking of any vehicle on a through street or on a service road which is parallel to and connects directly with such 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:

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

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