A citation must be paid within 21 days to avoid delinquent penalties.
I live near a high school and the kids keep taking up all parking spaces in the neighborhood. What can be done about this?
The Residential Parking District program restricts on-street parking to vehicles that display a permit given to residents by the City. Each district is approved by City Council resolution. Currently, nine Residential Parking Districts have been established in the City.
If I receive a citation while parked at a broken meter, what can I do?
You can appeal a citation. See "How do I appeal a citation?" above.
There is an abandoned vehicle on my street. How do I get it towed?
The City of San Luis Obispo Municipal Code Section 10.36.050 states that “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 seventy-two hours.”
To request to have a vehicle removed that has been abandoned, write down a description of the vehicle, the license plate number and the address where it is parked. Call the SLOPD business line at 805-781-7317 with the information. Police Department field service technicians will begin the process of tagging and removing the vehicle.
What are the hours of meter operation?
Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm. There are NO meter holidays.
What are the Parking Services office hours?
Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
What happens if I do not pay for a Parking Violation on time?
After 21 days, a $30 penalty may be imposed. If citation still remains unpaid after penalty is added, DMV will be notified.
What should I do if the meter I park at is broken?
The best thing to do is move to another meter and report the broken meter location to Parking Services, 805-781-7230.
What types of parking permits are available for purchase?
We currently offer two parking permits options for the downtown: Proxcards, for the parking structures and 10-Hour meter permits. Parking structure permits are available in the 871 Marsh Street Structure, 919 Palm Street Structure (waitlist) or 842 Palm Street Structure for $255 a quarter. Proxcards eliminate the need for payment when leaving a parking structure.
A 10-hour meter permit is available for $60 a month or $180 quarterly. With the 10-hour meter permit, you are allowed to park at the 10-hour meters without paying the meter. All permits can be purchased at the Parking Services office located at 1260 Chorro Street, Suite B. For more information phone 805-781-7230.
Where can I park my motorcycle, moped, and bicycle?
There are 2-hour reduced-rate motorcycle meters located throughout the city. Long-term motorcycle meters are located in front of the Palm Street Structure and in the parking lot beneath the Marsh Street Structure. Bicycle racks are located conveniently throughout the city. For safety reasons, motorcycles are not permitted in the structures.
Where can I park my over-sized vehicle or RV?
Over-sized vehicles should park in the outlying areas at curb-side. When parked in a metered area, you must feed both meters if you overlap into another space.
Where does the money go that is collected from the parking meters and citations?
Revenue gained from citations and parking meters is used to maintain current parking and for additional parking, such as new structures and lots.