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Parking Enforcement

Location:


The Parking Enforcement Unit office is located at:

Redondo Beach City Hall 
415 Diamond Street, Door E
Redondo Beach CA 90277

Note: all transactions with Parking Enforcement Unit must be made at the Parking Enforcement offices in City Hall and not at the Police Department.

Parking Enforcement Services

The following services are described on this page:

 Pay a Parking Citation  Oversized Vehicles  Street Sweeping  Parking Meters
 Appeal a Parking Citation  Commercial Vehicles  Color Curb Zones  Meter Broken/Repair
 Parking Permits  Common Violations  Parking Maps  Towed / Impounded
 Preferential Parking  Parking Laws  Parking Fines  Forms
 Late Payments  72-Hour Limit  Disabled Parking  
 Lost Citations  Blocking my Driveway  Bicycle Parking  
 Unpaid Citations  Private Property
 About Us
 


Personnel and Contact Information

Parking Enforcement Supervisor:  Pattie Ziello

Parking Enforcement Unit Telephone Number

Parking Enforcement Unit Office Telephone Number weekday business hours:  (310) 318-0617

For parking enforcement services 24 hours each day, call the Police Communications Unit:  (310) 379-5411

To report a vehicle that is abandoned or stored on the street in excess of 72-hours, call the recorded line: (310) 318-0638.

To report a possible abandoned stolen vehicle: (310) 379-5411

Office Hours

The Parking Enforcement Unit office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for your convenience.  City Hall and the Parking Enforcement office are closed on alternate Fridays.  

Parking Citations
If you have questions about parking citations, read the information below or contact the Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617.

Why did the Parking Enforcement Officer / Police Officer refuse to talk with me or listen when I tried to explain why I should not receive the citation?
  • Parking enforcement services are not popular; no one enjoys receiving a parking citation. 
  • Although you may have attempted to engage the officer in a friendly conversation about the citation, many other people may be predisposed to escalate discussions suddenly, display their anger and put our parking enforcement officers at risk. 
  • We ask our parking enforcement personnel to be courteous, and we encourage them not to engage potential violators in arguments or confrontational discussions. 
  • We want our officers to be safe and to avoid conflict that might occur when conversations become heated. 
  • If you need clarification about a violation we encourage you to call our Parking Enforcement Staff at (310) 318-0617.

Pay a Parking Citation

How much time do I have to pay a parking citation penalty before I incur late fees?
You must pay your citation within 21 days of issuance or within 14 days of the mailing of the notice to avoid paying late penalties.

May I pay my citation immediately?
Yes, provided that the citation has been entered into the computer system.  If you choose to pay online or by telephone, please allow at least one business day for an electronic citation to be processed and two to three business days for a handwritten citation to be processed and placed in the citation management database before attempting to pay.  You may attempt to pay sooner, but the time required to process the citation may be the reason if the record is not immediately available.

How may I pay a parking citation issued in the City of Redondo Beach?
You may pay in one of three ways:
  • Online: You may pay online by visiting https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/index.aspx and click the link for “citizen inquiries.”  See the directions below.
  • Mail: You may pay by mail by sending your check or money order (with your citation number written on the check or money order) to the City of Redondo Beach, C/O Citation Processing Center, P.O. Box 2730, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2730.
  • Phone: You may pay by telephone by calling 1-(800) 989-2058 and follow the verbal directions.  
You may pay your citation using the steps described below.

What steps should I follow to pay my citation?
  • Online
  1. Have a copy of your citation ready.
  2. Have your credit or debit card ready.
  3. Go to https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/index.aspx to review or pay your citation and to begin the process.
  4. Make sure that popups are enabled on your computer, or allow popups for this website.
  5. The information you enter is protected by a security certificate; the payment gateway is secured so that your personal information is safe and secure.
  6. Note that Data Ticket, Inc. charges a $3.50 service fee to accept payments by credit card.
  7. Data Ticket currently accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
  8. Note the following before starting your payment process and entry into the online database:
    • The citation number and time of citation (The citation number begins with an RB or R and is below the bar code on the white paper electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the green handwritten citations.  The time of the citation is written in military (24-hour) time below the day and date on the white electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the handwritten green citations below the citation number.)
    • The delinquency notice number and ZIP code;  (The notice of delinquency number begins with a TW and is in the lower third of the notice.)
    • Your license plate number ready to enter in the online database.
  9. Enter the required information on the website.
  10. If you have additional questions about the process, there is a frequently asked question page at https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/FAQ.htm
  • By Mail
  1. Do not send cash if paid by mail; it will not be accepted.
  2. Use the addressed envelope that was left with your citation.
  3. Enclose a check or money order payable to the City of Redondo Beach (all transactions must be in United States dollars)
  4. Write your citation number on the check or money order.
  5. If you have lost the envelope, send your payment to:
City of Redondo Beach
C/O Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 2730
Huntington Beach CA 92647-2730
If you have additional questions, contact The Citation Processing Center at 1-800-989-2058.

  • By Telephone
  1. Have a copy of your citation ready.
  2. Have your credit or debit card ready.
  3. Note the following before starting your payment process using your telephone keypad:
    • The citation number and time of citation (The citation number begins with an RB or R and is below the bar code on the white paper electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the green handwritten citations.  The time of the citation is written in military (24-hour) time below the day and date on the white electronic citations and in the upper right corner of the handwritten green citations below the citation number.)
    • The delinquency notice number and ZIP code;  (The notice of delinquency number begins with a TW and is in the lower third of the notice.)
    • Your license plate number ready to enter on the automated telephone system. 
  4. Call the Citation Processing Center at 1-800-989-2058.
  5. Enter the required information on the telephone keypad as requested.
  6. Note that Data Ticket, Inc. charges a $3.50 service fee to accept payments by credit card.
  7. Data Ticket currently accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
If you have additional questions about the citation payment process, there is a frequently asked question page at https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/FAQ.htm

Lost Citations

What should I do if I lose my original parking citation, or if I did not find my parking citation on my vehicle?

You may obtain the citation information online by:
  • Have your license plate number or delinquent citation notice available
  • Go to:  https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/index.aspx
  1. Enter your information in the appropriate fields
  2. Your citation records for this vehicle or notice will be displayed if the citation is already entered in the system.
  • You may obtain the information by telephone by calling (310) 318-0617.
  1. Provide your license plate number or delinquent notice number, or
  2. Provide your name as it appears on your vehicle registration
  3. Staff may also be able to search for the information with information about the date and location of the citation.
Late Payments

What will happen if I do not pay my citation by the due date?
  • A payment received after the due date will cause an added late penalty to your citation.
  • Postmarks will not be honored.
  • You will have to pay the late penalty amount before the citation will be cleared from your vehicle record.
Does the City of Redondo Beach process the payments for citations?
No, the City contracts with Data Ticket, Inc. to process its citations and to collect all fines.

May I pay my citation in-person at the Police Department or at City Hall?
No, you may not pay your citation at the Police Department or at City Hall.  All payment transactions must be made at the Data Ticket, Inc.  Citation Processing Center by mail, by telephone or online.

May I pay my citations at the court or at the Department of Motor Vehicles?
Citations cannot be paid at the court or at the DMV unless a DMV hold has been placed on your vehicle for delinquent citations.

May I get an extension on the payment of my parking citation?
No.  The Vehicle Code requires that you pay your citation in full within 21 days from the date that the parking citation was issued or 14 days from the date of your delinquent parking notice.


Unpaid Citations

What are the penalty fees for a citation that is paid late?
See the Police Master Fee Schedule for delinquent parking citation penalties.

Can I be arrested for unpaid parking citations?
  • No.  In 1992 the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 408 codified as Vehicle Code 40200 et seq.. 
  • This decriminalized parking citations and allowed cities to establish an administrative process to adjudicate parking citations.
If I don’t pay the parking citation penalties, what can occur?
  • The City may send the information to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to withhold your annual vehicle registration until the full amounts are paid.
  • The City may send the claim to the California Franchise Tax Board to file a lien against your State income tax return.
  • The City may send the amounts to a collection agency, which may affect your credit rating.
  • Failing to respond to five or more delinquent citations may result in your vehicle being towed and impounded until you pay the citations as per Vehicle Code 22651(i).  (Link to tow/impound section)
What is the effect of a DMV hold?
  • A DMV hold will prevent you from registering your vehicle or filing a “Planned Non-operational” status permit until all citation penalties and delinquent fees are paid. 
  • If you do not pay the citation penalties and fees before your vehicle registration is due, you will be assessed additional penalties for late registration.
Where do I pay for my delinquent citations if I have a DMV hold on my vehicle?
  • If you have delinquent citations from multiple jurisdictions, you may want to pay for the citations at the DMV.  
  • You cannot pay for citations at the DMV if a hold has not been placed.  You will have to pay for your citations using the city’s process.
May I perform community service instead of paying for my parking citations?
No.  Parking citations are not criminal offenses, and there is not a mechanism to enable you to do community service to satisfy your obligation.

Do I have to pay the delinquent penalties if I did not receive a notice in the mail that my parking citation was late?
  • Yes, provided that a notice was sent.
  • If you moved and did not provide the Department of Motor Vehicles with your new mailing address, you will be responsible for any late fees added to your citation.  The California Vehicle Code requires you to notify the DMV within ten days of a change of address.
Why do I continue to receive parking citation delinquent notices and lien notices when I sold the vehicle?
  • If you were the registered owner of the vehicle when you received the parking citation or notice of delinquent parking, you must pay the citation.
  • If were not the registered owner when the parking citation was issued, you must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles that you sold the vehicle.
  • You must submit a DMV Release of Responsibility form that includes:
  1. The date you sold the vehicle
  2. The name and address of the person that bought the vehicle
Parking Penalties

How are the parking penalties determined in Redondo Beach?
  • The Redondo Beach City Council determines the civil parking penalties by resolution in conjunction with the Master Fee Schedule. 
  • California Vehicle Code, section 40203.5. (a), states that the schedule of parking penalties for parking violations and late payment penalties shall be established by the governing body of the jurisdiction where the notice of violation is issued. To the extent possible, issuing agencies within the same county shall standardize parking penalties.
Does Redondo Beach receive all of the money from parking citations issued in Redondo Beach?
  • No.  
  • Parking penalties include a mandatory surcharge of $12.50 that is paid to the State of California as part of the amount of every citation.
  • The City also pays a portion of every penalty to the contract service company that processes the citations and collects the funds.
Appeal a Parking Citation


 Reasons Citations Are Canceled     
Levels of Review
 When Must I Appeal a Citation
Initial Administrative Review 
 How May I Appeal a Citation
Administrative Hearing
 I Never Visited Redondo Beach Appeal - Civil Court Action


What are common reasons that would result in a parking citation being canceled?
  1. The citation was issued in error of law.
  2. An officer wrote the wrong license plate number.
  3. Expired registration and it was not expired
  4. A data entry error attributed the citation to the wrong license plate.
  5. An error is made in State motor vehicle database records.
  6. A vehicle is properly permitted but the permit was stolen.
  7. Failure to display disabled person placard or license
  8. The registered owner is not responsible for the violation
  9. An extenuating circumstance that makes the dismissal of the citation appropriate in the interest of justice.
How do I contest and remove a citation if I have never visited Redondo Beach?
  • We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. 
  • This is usually due to a data entry error by the issuing officer or by office personnel.  
  • If you received a notice for a delinquent parking citation, and you have never visited Redondo Beach, you may resolve this by several means.
  1. Call the Redondo Beach Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617 and request an Administrative Investigation Initial Review form, or click here for a copy of the form.
  2. In some cases, based on circumstances, the Parking Enforcement staff may be able to assist you with the completion of the forms.
  3. Complete the Administrative Investigation Initial Review form and submit it with a copy of your vehicle registration and a copy of the delinquent citation notice by mail or in person.
  • An investigating officer will review the documents and render a decision as to your responsibility for paying the citation.
  • You will receive a written response to your appeal from the Parking Enforcement Unit to advise the status of the parking citation.
What are the administrative procedures to appeal a parking citation if it was issued in error?
  • California Vehicle Code 40215 identifies the process to contest a citation that was issued in error.  
  • You may contest your parking citation by following three progressive steps. 
  • Each step must be completed before appealing at the next level:
  1. Administrative Investigation Initial Review
  2. Administrative Hearing
  3. Superior Court civil court action (de novo hearing)
How may I appeal a citation?
  • By mail
  • In-person
What is the time limit to submit an appeal?
You must submit your appeal within twenty-one (21) days from the date of your parking violation or within fourteen (14) days from the mailing of the Notice of Delinquent Parking Violation to request an Administrative Investigation Initial Review.

Can I appeal my citation if I am late, and it is after the 14 days from the date of the delinquent parking notice?
  • No. 
  • The California Vehicle Code states that you must file your parking citation appeal within 21 days from the date the citation was issued or 14 days from the date of your delinquent parking notice.  There are two possible exceptions:
  1. A police crime report showing that the vehicle was stolen when the citation was issued
  2. A death certificate showing that the owner of the vehicle was deceased when the citation was issued.
How do I submit the appeal for a parking citation?
California Vehicle Code 40215 identifies the process to contest a citation.  You may contest your parking citation by following three progressive steps:

First Step
  • Complete, sign and submit a Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street, Door E or by mail.
  1. You can print a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review here.
  2. You can call (310) 318-0617 to request a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form by mail or FAX or
  3. You can obtain a form in-person from the Parking Enforcement office at 415 Diamond Street, Door E.
  • Provide a written statement on your Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form with a photocopy of your citation and any copies of any proof to support your appeal (e.g., receipts, photos, DP Placard, DP identification card, proof of registration, change of vehicle ownership, permit holder information, etc.).
  • You may submit your appeal in-person at or send them to:  City of Redondo Beach, Parking Enforcement Citation Review, 415 Diamond Street, P.O. Box 270, Redondo Beach CA 90277.
  • You may be contacted for additional information.
  • Maintain copies of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review form and any documents/materials submitted to support your statement; materials submitted for review will not be returned.
  • You do not have to pay the citation until the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is complete, and you have been found liable to pay the citation.
  • A hold will be placed on your citation upon receipt of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form.
  • You should receive a response to your request for cancellation by mail within 21 calendar days.
  1. If the result of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is that you are liable to pay the citation, you may either pay the penalty to conclude the matter or request an Administrative Hearing.
  2. If the result of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is that you are not liable to pay the citation, you will receive written notification that the citation has been dismissed.  Your citation will be canceled, and you do not have to take any further action.
Second Step
  • If you are dissatisfied with the results of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review, you must within twenty-one (21) days of the mailing of the results of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review:
  1. Make a request for an Administrative Hearing by telephone, in writing, or in person.
  2. Complete, sign and submit a Request for Administrative Hearing form with a photocopy of your citation, and
  3. Submit the full amount of the parking citation penalty (or verifiable and substantial proof of indigent status).  All fees due from the citation must be paid before and Administrative Hearing date is provided unless indigent status is accepted.
  4. Provide your written explanation on the form that explains why you believe the citation should be canceled.  Include any documents that you feel are relevant to your appeal.
  5. Request an in-person or mail-in hearing before a hearing examiner by:
    • Requesting an in-person hearing appearance by making an appointment by calling (310) 318-0617.
    • Requesting a review of your written appeal by the hearing officer and submitting your appeal in writing by mail or at City Hall.
  • Maintain copies of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review form and any evidence submitted to support your statement; materials submitted for review will not be returned.
  • An administrative hearing must be held within 90 calendar days following the receipt of the request for a hearing.
When can I schedule a hearing?
The independent hearing examiner normally conducts hearings on Wednesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Redondo Beach City Hall.

What happens at an administrative hearing?
  • The Hearing Examiner will have a case folder that contains the information about your citation including:
  1. A copy of the citation
  2. Any correspondence from the issuing enforcement officer or City staff relevant to your citation
  3. The results of any investigations conducted during the Administrative Investigation Initial Review process
  4. The Hearing Examiner will review this information, listen to your explanation why the citation should be dismissed or read your written declaration if you choose not to appear for an in-person hearing.
  5. If the Hearing Examiner determines that you are not liable for the citation, you will be issued a refund by mail.
Who is the hearing examiner, and what will they do?
  • The hearing examiner is not a City employee
  • Is appointed by the City.
  • Has a background and knowledge of the judicial system and hearing procedures
  • Will listen to the reasons and review the evidence that you show to support your reasons to cancel the citation
  • Will review the documentation of the City related to your violation
  • Will tape record the hearing for purposes of preparing their decision only
If I am having an in-person hearing, when should I arrive, and what should I bring?
  • Please arrive ten minutes before your scheduled hearing.
  • Bring any records, photos, documents or witnesses that you want to present in support of your case. 
  • You must present all evidence in support of your statement at the hearing.  The hearing examiner will not accept additional materials after the hearing.  No extensions will be given to submit further documentation.
  • Documentation will not be returned.
  • You must bring an interpreter if you require one.
What if I cannot attend the hearing at the date and time of my appointment for the hearing?
  • You are entitled to one extension within 21 calendar days of your hearing date, if you are unable to appear on your scheduled date.
  • You may reschedule your hearing by contacting the Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617 no later than seven (7) business days prior to the scheduled date and time of your hearing.
  • Only one continuance will be granted.
How may I schedule an Administrative Hearing if I am unable to pay my citation before the hearing due to financial hardship?
  • Determination of an inability to pay is governed by California Vehicle Code Section 40215(b) and may allow a waiver of the deposit of the amount due, provided that the City of Redondo Beach has sufficient proof and has granted a variance.
  • This waiver does NOT cancel your fine. It simply allows you to attend a Hearing without first paying the fine required by state law. If your citation is found to be valid, you still must pay the fines.
What is the process to obtain a waiver of payment for my citation before the conclusion of my Administrative Hearing?
  • If you would like to request a waiver, you may download a Waiver Request Form on this website, or obtain one by calling the Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • You must complete the application in full and submit your most current IRS tax filing, disability or welfare payment stubs. Failure to complete the application and file the required information will cause an automatic denial for use of the payment agreement.
  • The application must be submitted at the Parking Enforcement Unit at 415 Diamond Street, Door E, Redondo Beach CA 90277 or mailed to:
City of Redondo Beach
415 Diamond Street
P.O. Box 270
Redondo Beach CA 90277
  • If your hearing payment waiver is granted and you are found liable, you must make the final payment within 90 days.
  • You will be notified whether or not you have been granted a waiver by mail. You must request that a hearing is scheduled.
When and how will I hear the results of my Administrative Hearing?
  • The results of the hearing will be mailed to you at the address you provide.
  • You will usually receive the results of your hearing within 14 days of your hearing date.

Third Step
  • If you disagree with the results of the Administrative Hearing, you may appeal the hearing results in the Superior Court civil court pursuant to Vehicle Code 40230(a). 
  • You may not request a Civil Appeal unless you have already received the results of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review and Administrative Hearing and have been found liable for the citation at each of these appeals. 
  • You must file your civil appeal within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the Hearing examiner’s decision at the Civil Division of the Southwest District Torrance Court and must pay a $25.00 filing fee collected by the court. 
  • If your citation is unpaid due to a previous request for a waiver pending the decisions of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review and Administrative Hearing, you must pay your citation in full to the City of Redondo Beach before filing your civil appeal.  
  • You may inquire about the civil court appeal at the Southwest District Torrance Court Civil Division, 825 Maple Avenue, Torrance Ca 90503.
Parking Laws

How may I read the laws that govern parking in Redondo Beach?
You may research parking laws by clicking on the links that follow.  Parking restrictions in the City of Redondo Beach are set by both local parking ordinances listed in the Redondo Beach Municipal Code and in the California Vehicle Code.  Most parking regulations in the Municipal Code are in Title 3, Chapter 7 of the Municipal Code.  Most parking regulations in the Vehicle Code begin at section 22500 in Division 11, Chapter 9.

What is the definition of parking?  I only stopped in a no parking zone for a few seconds and received a citation.  
It is important to understand the definition of parking when applying parking laws.  

Vehicle Code 463 defines park or parking:
“Park or parking” shall mean the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.”

Vehicle Code 587 defines stop or stopping:
“Stop or stopping” when prohibited shall mean any cessation of movement of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device or signal.

Municipal Code 3-7.101 defines parking, stopping and standing:
(j) “Park” shall mean to stand, or to leave standing, any vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, the loading or unloading of passengers or materials. “Temporarily” shall mean not in excess of the time expressly allowed for such purposes in this chapter.
(p) “Stop or stand,” when prohibited, shall mean any stopping of a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with any other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device.

Common Violations to Avoid

What are the most common miscellaneous violations to avoid when parking in Redondo Beach?
  • Do not stop, park or leave your vehicle:
  1. On or across a sidewalk
  2. Within an intersection
  3. Blocking the extended path of the sidewalk at corners
  4. On or blocking a crosswalk (marked or unmarked)
  5. Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or the driveway entrance of a fire station
  6. Closer than 3 feet to a sidewalk access ramp for the physically disabled
  7. In front of a driveway
  8. On the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the curb or edge of the highway (double parking)
  9. In a bus zone (whether marked with red curb or by signage)
  10. Where signs or markings prohibit parking
  11. Next to any street or highway construction when stopping or parking would obstruct traffic
  12. On the front lawn of a residence
  13. In a Preferential Parking Zone
  14. In a Riviera Village Merchant parking space with an Annual Parking Permit
  15. In a residential zone if your commercial vehicle exceeds weight limits
  16. In the street to make repairs or install parts
  17. In the driveway of a multiple residence property impeding vehicle access to other residences
  18. In the roadway if the vehicle is an unattached trailer
Color Curb Zones

What do the various colored curbs (red, green, yellow, white, and blue) signify in Redondo Beach?
  • White – Passenger loading zones
  • Yellow – Material/cargo loading zones
  • Green – Limited time parking zones (15 to 30 minutes)
  • Red – No stopping, standing, or parking zones
  • Blue – Disabled persons parking zones

What are the time limits for these colored curbs?
Redondo Beach Municipal Code 3-7.1205 defines the time limits for curb zones.  The time limits and effective hours of white passenger loading zones, yellow loading zones, green parking zones, and red “No Parking” zones are as follows:
  • White: No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any white passenger loading zone except for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers and their personal baggage, and then only for the time necessary therefor, and in no event for more than three (3) minutes.
  • Yellow:  No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any day, except Sunday, in a yellow loading zone, except that commercial vehicles may stop or stand for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers and their personal belongings, and then only for the time necessary therefor, but in no event for more than three (3) minutes.
  • Green:  No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any green zone on any day except that passenger vehicles may park in green zones for a period of time not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of the following day.
  • Red:  No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle at any time in any red “No Standing” zone or portion of a street posted with signs reading “No Stopping, Standing, or Parking at Any Time”; provided, however, a bus may stop in such a zone or portion of a street marked or designated as a bus zone.
  • Blue:  No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle at any time in any blue handicapped parking zone unless the vehicle displays either one of the distinguishing license plates or a placard issued pursuant to Sections 5007, 22511.5 or 22511 of the Vehicle Code of the State.
What can I do if I know or suspect that my neighbor painted the curbs red or another color in front of their residence without the city’s knowledge?
You may contact the City’s Public Works Department to determine if the painted location is approved by the city.  They may be contacted at (310) 318-0686 extension 4147.

Street Sweeping

When is parking restricted for street sweeping?
  • The City restricts on-street parking during certain days and times for street sweeping to collect and remove leaves, litter and other debris that can block storm drains. 
  • The City regularly cleans these materials from the streets and gutters to protect the water quality of our beaches and ocean waters.
  • Visit the Public Works website at http://www.redondo.org/depts/public_works/street_sweeping.asp for more information about street sweeping locations, schedules, and holidays or call Public Works customer service at (310) 318-0686 extension 4147.
The signs on my street restrict parking for street sweeping from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  May I park on the street after the street sweeper has passed?
  • Yes. 
  • Parking enforcement officers attempt to follow closely behind the street sweepers, and cite vehicles that prevent the sweeper from cleaning the street at a location. 
  • Due to the scarcity of parking in certain areas and for the convenience of our residence, the Police Department exercises a policy that you may park on the street immediately after the street sweeper has passed. 
  • However, to avoid a possible citation, you should also wait for the parking enforcement person to pass your location to avoid a possible citation. 
  • They will cite your vehicle if they cannot determine if your vehicle was moved before the sweeper passed. 

Parked 72-Hours Abandoned and Stored Vehicles

How do I report a vehicle that I believe is abandoned or being stored on the street?

  • Call the abandoned vehicle service line at (310) 318-0638 or the Police Communications Unit at (310) 379-5411. 
  • Provide the vehicle’s exact location by address, the license plate number, the vehicle make and color.

Do I have to wait 72 hours before I report an abandoned vehicle?

No, you do not have to wait 72 hours before you call to report a vehicle that you believe is abandoned or is being stored on the street illegally.

Should I call to report my neighbor’s vehicle as an abandoned or stored vehicle in violation of the 72-hour rule when he parks multiple vehicles in front of numerous residences in our neighborhood?

  • There is not a law that limits the number of vehicles that a person may own, or where they are parked on city streets.  If the vehicles are driven daily, it would not resolve your issue to mark them for 72 hours. 
  • The Police Department frequently receives complaints about vehicles that are moved the day of street sweeping and then are not moved for six more days.  This would be an instance where having the vehicle marked would be applicable.
Do parking enforcement and police officers look for vehicles parked more than 72 hours to mark them?
Usually, no, but this may occur. 
Parking enforcement and police officers do not normally look for vehicles that are parked in excess of 72 hours.  They will respond to calls for service to mark vehicles when requested.  

Will the vehicle be towed immediately after the 72 hour period?
Not always, but it is possible.  Most vehicles in violation of the 72 hour rule will be towed within 12 hours of the expiration time.  Parking enforcement officers normally take primary responsibility to mark and tow these vehicles, and they do not work 24 hours each day.  At least one parking enforcement officer generally works from 7:00 a.m. to midnight daily.

What is the exact law regarding 72 hour parking in Redondo Beach?
Municipal Code 3-7.1313 defines the storage of vehicles on streets and alleys:
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has possession, custody, or control of any vehicle to park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than seventy-two (72) hours in the aggregate during any period of seventy three (73) consecutive hours. For the purposes of this section, the vehicle shall be considered to have remained parked unless, during any seventy-two (72) hour period, the vehicle has been moved at least 100 feet from the position it previously occupied, or the odometer on the vehicle exhibits a change of at least two-tenths of one mile. This provision shall not be construed to authorize parking in excess of the regulatory time period otherwise provided in this article and all amendments thereto.
How do I report a vehicle that is parked on my street, and I think that it is stolen?
Please call (310) 379-5411 to speak with a police dispatcher.  For the safety of our Municipal Services Officers, we will send police officers if the vehicle is stolen.  Common indicators of a stolen vehicle are:
  • One of the side windows is broken and missing.
  • The ignition receptacle for a key is removed and a slot for a screwdriver is visible in its place.
  • The steering column is damaged and ignition mechanisms are exposed.
  • The vehicle has missing parts that appear to be recently removed.
  • Any of the above and the license plates are removed.
                                                   
Vehicle Towed/Impounded

What happens if my vehicle is towed and impounded for multiple delinquent parking violations?
  • Vehicles that have five or more unpaid parking citations that are at least 21 days old may be impounded per California Vehicle Code section 22651(i). 
  • You will be required to pay the original citation penalties, delinquent citation penalties, vehicle release fees to the City and tow and storage fees to the tow company. 
  • If you do not pay all fees related to the citations, impound and storage of your vehicle within the required time (usually 60 days), the storage facility may conduct a lien sale of your vehicle to satisfy your financial obligations.
What must I do if my vehicle is towed and impounded for more than five delinquent parking citations?
If your vehicle has been towed and impounded for more than five delinquent parking citations, you must:
  1. Have your vehicle license number ready
  2. Speak with the Parking Enforcement staff at (310) 318-0617 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays and alternate Fridays when City Hall is closed.
  3. You must pay all parking citations on the towed vehicle and all parking citations in your name owed on any other vehicle that is registered to you.  (This is required by Vehicle Code 22651.7)
  4. You may pay all Redondo Beach citations in-person at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street Door E by:
    • First, contacting the Parking Enforcement Unit for a list of citations and,
    • Second, by paying the Financial Services cashier for all outstanding Redondo Beach citations.  This is the fastest method to pay for the citations to secure the release of your vehicle. 
    • Third, any other citations issued by other agencies and with a DMV hold placed, must be paid at each of those agencies or at the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Many registered owners may find it most convenient to pay all delinquent citations with a DMV hold at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
What parking laws may cause my vehicle to be towed, stored or impounded from the street?
  • When the vehicle is parked in a position to obstruct traffic or creates a hazard
  • When the vehicle is stolen or embezzled
  • When the vehicle blocks a private driveway
  • When the vehicle blocks the access to a fire hydrant
  • When the driver cannot remove the vehicle due to physical injuries or illness
  • When the driver is arrested and others cannot take possession of the vehicle
  • When a vehicle is illegally parked and blocks the movement of a legally parked vehicle.
  • When a peace officer issues the driver a citation for no driver license or a suspended license.
  • When a vehicle is found or operated upon a highway, public land, or an off-street parking facility with a registration expiration date in excess of six months.
  • Whenever a vehicle is parked where local authorities, by resolution or ordinance, have prohibited parking and have authorized the removal of vehicles.
What are examples of parking laws that may cause my vehicle to be towed, stored or impounded from a private parking lot that is open to the public?
Refer to California Vehicle Code section 22658 for a full list.  Some examples or reasons your vehicle may be towed from private property are:
  1. The property is posted properly for patron parking only, and you park in violation of this restriction.
  2. Under certain circumstances if your vehicle registration is expired for an extended period.
  3. The vehicle is on private property and lacks an engine, transmission, wheels, tires, doors, windshield, or any other major part or equipment necessary to operate safely on the highways, the owner or person in lawful possession of the private property has notified the police department, and 24 hours have elapsed since that notification.

Vehicle Releases


What is the difference if my vehicle was stored or impounded?

Stored

If your vehicle is towed and stored, you will not require a release by the Police Department to retrieve your vehicle.  You may proceed directly to the towing company to retrieve your vehicle.
Impounded

If your vehicle is towed and impounded, you will require a release from the Police Department before proceeding to the towing company to retrieve your vehicle. An impounded vehicle may require you to show documentation at the police department such as proof of payment for parking citations or current registration, proof of a valid driver license, or a release from detectives or another police agency if the vehicle is held as evidence.   

Who can obtain a release and/or retrieve my stored or impounded vehicle?

  • You must be the registered owner of the vehicle or show proof of ownership of the vehicle to obtain the release of the vehicle.  Note: a bill of sale alone is not sufficient proof of ownership.  You should show the DMV vehicle title.
  • You must have a valid driver license in your possession to obtain the release of your vehicle or sufficient valid licensed drivers with you to retrieve the vehicle.
What if I am unable to go to the police station to obtain a release and retrieve my vehicle?  Do I have other options?

  • The registered owner of the vehicle may secure the release of the vehicle to another person by sending that person with a notarized letter authorizing the release to them.
  • The person who is authorized to receive the vehicle must have a valid driver license in their possession.

Stored Vehicles

How do I retrieve my towed and stored vehicle?
  • If your vehicle is towed and stored by a Redondo Beach police officer or parking enforcement officer:
  1. You will not require a release document from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
  2. You must pay the towing and storage fees at Frank Scotto Towing.
  3. You may retrieve your vehicle directly from official police towing company, Frank Scotto Towing.
Where do I go to retrieve my towed and stored vehicle?
  • Frank Scotto Towing is located at 1750 W. 223rd Street, Torrance, Ca 90501
  • You may telephone Frank Scotto Towing before going there at (310) 787-0208 to obtain information about the release of the vehicle.
What are the fees to retrieve my towed and stored vehicle?
  • The fees to retrieve your towed and stored vehicle are determined by and paid to Frank Scotto Towing.
  • The tow costs and daily storage fees are approved by City Council.
Where do I retrieve my vehicle if it was towed and stored from private property by the property owner?
  • If your vehicle was towed and stored from private property:
  1. You should refer to the posted sign on the property to determine the company that towed your vehicle, or
  2. The Redondo Beach Police Department will have the information after the tow company reports it to us.
  3. A private property owner may commission any tow company to retrieve vehicles from their property if posted per Vehicle Code 22658(a).
  4. The fees to retrieve your vehicle are determined by each privately contracted tow company, and you should contact them for information.
Impounded Vehicles

How do I retrieve my impounded vehicle?
  • If your vehicle is towed and impounded by a Redondo Beach police officer or parking enforcement officer:
  1. You will need a release document from the Redondo Beach Police Department to retrieve your vehicle from the tow company.
  2. You must obtain the required documentation, proof of payment or authorization for release of your vehicle depending on the reasons for the impound.  This may include:
    • Proof of payment for parking citations
    • Proof of current vehicle registration from the DMV
    • Proof of a valid driver license
    • Authorization for the release of your vehicle from a detective or other law enforcement agency if your vehicle is being held as evidence.
  • If your vehicle is towed and impounded for unpaid parking citations:
  1. You must provide proof of payment on all outstanding parking citations. If the citations were issued by multiple agencies, you may have to pay the delinquent citations at the Department of Motor Vehicles or at each agency.
  2. You must present current registration or a temporary registration permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  3. The registered owner of the vehicle must present a valid driver license at the Redondo Beach Police Department Records Unit.
  • If your vehicle is towed and impounded for expired DMV registration or for an unlicensed driver that is not subject to a thirty day impound:
  • This may occur when a driver has an expired license, is driving out of classification or for other violations defined in the Vehicle Code.
  1. You must present current registration or a temporary registration permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. The registered owner of the vehicle must present a valid driver license at the Redondo Beach Police Department Records Unit.
  • If your vehicle is towed and impounded for an unlicensed driver and is subject to a thirty day impound:
  1. Your vehicle may be impounded at your expense for thirty calendar days.
  2. A thirty day impound may occur when the driver of the vehicle was cited or arrested for driving with a suspended license, was never issued a driver license, or for other violations defined in the Vehicle Code.
  3. The registered owner of the impounded vehicle has the right to request a hearing to contest the impounding of the vehicle per Vehicle Code 22852.
  4. To contest a thirty day impound you must:
    • Complete a thirty day impound Request for Administrative Hearing Request Form obtained from the Records Unit.
    • Pay a sixty-eight ($68) dollar fee at the City of Redondo Beach Financial Services Cashier window located at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street, Door E during City Hall business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  (Note that City Hall is closed every other Friday.)
    • Submit your completed Request for Administrative Hearing Request Form and the $68 City Hall receipt in person at the Records Unit (401 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, Ca 90277).
    • Schedule your hearing with the Traffic Sergeant by calling (310) 379-2477 extension 12359.  In some cases the hearing may be heard by a separate hearing officer.
    • The date of your hearing will depend on the type of thirty day impound and availability of the hearing officer, but usually occurs within five business days.
    • Contact the Records Unit at (310) 379-2477 x 1-2305 if you have additional questions.
    • When you have complied with all document requirements and paid the City of Redondo Beach fees, you may retrieve your vehicle from the official police towing company, Frank Scotto Towing.  NOTE: You must pay all towing and storage fees separately at Frank Scotto Towing.
What are the fees to retrieve my towed and impounded vehicle that are charged by the City of Redondo Beach?
  • The fees to retrieve your towed and impounded vehicle charged by the City of Redondo Beach are:
  1. $120 for any vehicle that is impounded, and an additional charge for thirty day holds and DUI Surcharge
  2. $325 for an impound for thirty day hold and for a DUI Surcharge
  3. Towing and storage costs charged by the towing company are in addition to these charges by the City of Redondo Beach.
Where do I go to retrieve my towed and impounded vehicle?
  • Frank Scotto Towing is located at 1750 W. 223rd Street, Torrance, Ca 90501
  • You may telephone Frank Scotto Towing before going there at (310) 787-0208 to obtain information about towing and storage fees and the release of the vehicle.
  • Important note: Do not go to Frank Scotto Towing to retrieve an impounded vehicle if you have not first obtained a release from the Redondo Beach Police Department. 
  • If you are uncertain if your vehicle was impounded or stored, call Frank Scotto Towing or the Police Department Records Unit before going to Frank Scotto Towing.
What are the additional fees to retrieve my towed and impounded vehicle from the towing company?
  • The fees to retrieve your towed and impounded vehicle from Frank Scotto Towing are separate from the fees paid to the City. 
  • These will include an original towing fee and daily storage fees determined by and paid to Frank Scotto Towing.
  • The towing fees and daily storage fees are approved by City Council.                                            

                                               

Bicycle Parking

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Parking Meters

Where do I find the laws for parking meters in Redondo Beach?

Parking meter laws are located in the Redondo Beach Municipal Code sections 3-6.01 to 3-6.12.

What is the rate for parking meters in Redondo Beach?
Parking meters are $1.00 per hour in all locations except the Riviera Lot bounded by South Elena Avenue, Avenida del Norte and Via El Prado are fifty ($0.50) cents per hour.

What are the times that parking meters are enforced?
  • Parking meters are enforced twenty-four hours a day every day including Sunday and holidays in all areas of the City except Central Traffic District 3.  
  • Central Traffic District 3 is defined by the area between the northerly line of Avenue I on the north, the City limits on the south, the easterly line of the Esplanade on the west and easterly line of the City limits on the east.  
  • Meters in this area, Central Traffic District 3, are enforced from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday including Sunday and holidays.
Why did I receive a ticket when I placed money in the parking meter at 11:00 p.m. on the west side of the Esplanade?
You received the ticket because you parked in violation of the restricted parking noted by the signs that do not allow parking between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  Municipal Code 3-6.12 prohibits parking in certain metered spaces during the hours and days indicated on the signs.

How can I avoid carrying change with me to park at parking meters?
The City sells an annual parking meter permit that must be affixed to a specific vehicle.  The parking permit allows you to park at any parking meter in the City except those parking meters that are marked with orange poles and signs as merchant parking spaces in the Riviera Village.  You may park at these spaces with orange poles if you pay with coins.

Why did I receive a citation when two of my friends and I parked our motorcycles in one metered parking space?

Municipal Code 3-6.07 states that only one motor vehicle may park within the parking space marks indicating authorized parking on any street in the City where parking meters have been installed.


Parking Meter Repair


How may I report a broken or malfunctioning parking meter?
  • To report a broken or malfunctioning parking meter, please do the following:
  1. If possible, please note the parking meter number on the internal face of the parking meter and note it.  The number will look like this.
  2. If you cannot find the parking meter number please note the approximate address adjacent to the parking meter or the streets at each end of the block.
  3. Call the Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617 and provide the staff with the location and a description of the malfunction.
  4. Use the Redondo Beach Customer Service Center electronic complaint program at https://clients.comcate.com/newrequest.php?id=23 .
  • Please describe the problem or concern, such as:
  1. The coin slot is jammed
  2. The parking space selector is jammed
  3. The time allotted per coin appears to be wrong
  4. Other problems
  • If you received a citation as a result of the broken or malfunctioning parking meter, please also provide your citation number and the date and time of the citation.
  • The Parking Meter Technician will usually check the meter on the same business day if during daytime hours Monday through Friday and the next business day if on the weekend.
What should I do if I received a parking citation for an expired parking meter, and I believe that the parking meter was broken or did not give me the full amount of time?
  • California Vehicle Code 40215 identifies the process to contest a citation that was issued in error or may be unjustified. 
  • Complete, sign and submit a Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street, Door E or by mail (if not done on line.)
  1. You can print a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review here.
  2. You can call (310) 318-0617 to request a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form by mail or FAX or
  3. You can obtain a form in-person from the Parking Enforcement office at 415 Diamond Street, Door E.
  • Provide a written statement on your Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form with a photocopy of your citation and any copies of any proof to support your appeal.
  • You may submit your appeal in-person at or send them to:  Parking Enforcement Citation Review, City of Redondo Beach, 415 Diamond Street, P.O. Box 270, Redondo Beach CA 90277.
  • You may be contacted for additional information.
  • Maintain copies of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review form and any documents/materials submitted to support your statement; materials submitted for review will not be returned.
  • You do not have to pay the citation until the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is complete, and you have been found liable to pay the citation.
  • A hold will be placed on your citation upon receipt of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form.
  • A parking meter technician will check the meter for proper time allotment and to determine if it is malfunctioning.
  • You should receive a response to your request for cancellation by mail within 21 calendar days.
  1. If the result of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is that you are liable to pay the citation, you may either pay the penalty to conclude the matter or request an Administrative Hearing.
  2. If the result of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is that you are not liable to pay the citation, you will receive written notification that the citation has been dismissed.  Your citation will be cancelled, and you do not have to take any further action.
Why do I have to do this if the meter is clearly broken?
The Police Department must evaluate all parking citation appeals fairly and objectively.  It must maintain adequate records of canceled citations, and why they were canceled, to ensure the integrity of the process.
                                                

Parking Permits

What types of parking permits are available in Redondo Beach?
  • An Annual Parking Meter Permit
  • A Riviera Village Merchant/Employee Parking Meter Permit
  • Preferential Parking Permits (by streets/blocks/neighborhoods designated by City Council Resolution)

Annual Parking Meter Permits

Where does a Redondo Beach Annual Parking Meter Permit allow me to park and for how long?

  • The Annual Parking Meter Permit allows you to park at any parking meter in Redondo Beach for an unlimited time period with certain exceptions.  
  1. You may not park at any time in a Riviera Village Merchant parking space marked with orange poles and signs.
  2. You may not park at a parking meter in violation of any other State or Municipal law (examples: during restricted hours for street sweeping, during closed parking lot or park hours, as posted, etc.)
Riviera Village Employee/Merchant Parking Permits

  • The Riviera Village Employee Parking Meter Permit Program is applicable only to parking meters located within Central Traffic District No. 3, as defined in Section 3-6.02 of the Redondo Beach Municipal Code.
  • Riviera Village Employee Parking Meter Permits are only sold to business owners within the Riviera Village at a rate of one permit per each employee reported on the Business License for the business, at a cost of $60.00 per permit per year.
  • They are valid through September 30th of each year and business owners are responsible for purchasing the permits, monitoring usage and retrieving permits after an employee has separated employment.
  • The permit allows the employee to park at certain meters identified by orange color-coded meter poles for up to nine-hours without placing coins within the meter.
  • Vehicles displaying the Annual Parking Meter Permit may park at the meters designated for employee use, but their annual permit is not valid in these spaces, and they must deposit coins in the meter to park legally within these spaces.  
  • Business owners must:
  1. Apply in person
  2. Complete an application form
  3. Provide their Business License Certificate.  
  4. Provide valid identification
  • Permits are only sold to the business owner and the number of employees reported on the business license.
  • Merchant/Employee rules are that:
  1. The permit consists of a 6x3 inch orange placard displaying the permit number and expiration date.
  2. This orange permit is valid only at the designated employee parking spaces identified by orange colored poles.
  3. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to clearly display the permit. 
  4. The permit MUST be hung from the vehicle’s rear view mirror facing the rear of the vehicle while in use.
Preferential Parking Permits

What is a Preferential Parking Permit?
  • The City Council may designate, by resolution, certain residential streets as preferential parking zones for the benefit of residents. 
  • Vehicles in these zones must purchase and display annual permits to be exempt from parking prohibitions or restrictions that are posted.
  • Each preferential parking zone is designated only upon findings that the zone is required to enhance or protect that quality of life in the area of the proposed zone threatened by noise, traffic hazards, or environmental pollution resulting from commuter vehicular traffic. 
  • The City Council must find that the zone is necessary to provide reasonably available and convenient parking for the benefit of the adjacent residents, and that the proposed zone is desirable to encourage the use of car pooling and mass transit.
Where are there Preferential Parking Zones in Redondo Beach?
The current Preferential Parking Zones in Redondo Beach are located in the following areas:
  1. Avenue F: 400 and 500 blocks both sides; 1800 block Paseo de las Delicias both sides north half
  2. Avenue G: 400 and 500 blocks both sides; 1800 block Paseo de las Delicias both sides south half
  3. Avenue H: 300 block both sides; Palos Verdes Bl between G and H both sides
  4. Esplanade: 800 to 1800 blocks east side only
  5. Knob Hill: 800 block south side only
  6. Phelan Ln: 500 and 600 blocks; 2400 block of Fisk Ln
  7. Vincent St: 600 and 700 blocks Vincent St; 600 and 700 blocks Vincent Park north of Vincent St; 100 block El Redondo east side only; 400 block El Redondo west side only; 300 block N. Francisca Ave; 500 and 600 blocks Diamond St north side only.
I recently moved into a residence or business located in a Preferential Parking Zone.  How do I obtain my permit?
  • Obtain one of the following original documents that is dated within 30 days of your request:
    • utility bill
    • escrow papers
    • rental agreement
    • lease
    • other similar proof
  • Obtain your vehicle registration for each permitted vehicle, registered to your Preferential Parking Zone residence
  • Complete and sign, under penalty of perjury, a Preferential Parking Permit Application Form
  • In-Person: If you are applying in-person, bring the above documents to the Parking Enforcement Unit at 415 Diamond St, Door E.
    • If paying by check or money order, make it payable to the City of Redondo Beach. 
    • You may pay cash at the Financial Services cashier at Door E.
  • Mail: If you are applying by mail:
    • Include photocopies of all of the required documents noted above.
    • If paying by check or money order, make it payable to the City of Redondo Beach.
    • Do not send cash by mail; it will not be accepted.
    • Mail your application and request to:
City of Redondo Beach
C/O Parking Enforcement Unit, Preferential Parking Permits
P.O. Box 270
Redondo Beach CA 90277
How many Preferential Parking Permits may I purchase?
You may purchase a maximum of four (4), two residential permits and two guest permits, unless you can show that you have additional vehicles beyond this amount.

A guest is visiting my home during the restricted hours.  Do they need a permit?
Yes.  They must use one of your guest permits.

What should I do if I am having a party with more guests than I have permits during the restricted hours?
You may inquire about obtaining additional one-day temporary parking permits by calling the Parking Enforcement Unit Monday through Friday during the unit’s business hours.  Plan adequately ahead to make sure that you do not call on a Friday when City Hall is closed.

My permit was lost or stolen.  How may I replace it?
You must:
  1. Complete another application
  2. Show current proof of residency
  3. Pay a replacement fee
I did not post my permit properly and received a citation?  Why?
Parking enforcement and police officers look at the specific locations on your vehicle where you are required to place your permit.  Due to the multiple Preferential Parking Zones and other assigned duties, they depend on you to post the permit in the proper places.  If you do not post it properly, you will receive a citation that will cost $45.00 or more.

How might we obtain a Preferential Parking Zone for our neighborhood?

Read the requirements and regulations for Preferential Parking Zones in the Municipal Code.  You may find these laws in sections in Title 3, 3-7.1701 through 3-7.1706.

                                           
 Private Property

How do I have a vehicle towed from my private commercial property?
  • Before towing any vehicle, you should carefully read California Vehicle Code 22658.  
  • You must comply with all requirements in this code which includes the proper posting of signs. 
  • If you fail to comply with the requirements of this code, you may be liable to the owner of the vehicle and the tow company.  
What types of signs are necessary?
  • Read California Vehicle Code 22658 for the full law.  An example of the posting requirements includes that:
  1. There is displayed, in plain view, at all entrances to the property
  2. A sign not less than 17 inches by 22 inches in size
  3. With lettering not less than one inch in height
  4. Prohibiting public parking and indicating that vehicles will be removed at the owner's expense
  5. Containing the telephone number of the local traffic law enforcement agency
  6. Containing the name and telephone number of each towing company that is a party to a written general towing authorization agreement with the owner or person in lawful possession of the property
  7. The sign may also indicate that a citation may also be issued for the violation.
How can I have a vehicle towed from my private single family residence property?
You may have the vehicle towed after notification to the Redondo Beach Police Department pursuant to Vehicle Code 22658(a).  Any charges arising from the tow may be recovered through civil mean from the registered owner of the vehicle.

Can I receive a parking citation when my vehicle is parked on private property?
  • Yes.  Some examples of citations that may be written for vehicles parked on private property in Redondo Beach are:
  1. Front yard of a residence
  2. Multiple residences on one property
  3. Expired registration
  4. Disabled parking spaces
  5. Fire lanes
May I park in the front yard of my residence?
No, with some exceptions.  Municipal Codes 10-2.1708 and 10-5.1708 define the front yard area of a property and prohibit the parking of automobiles and motor vehicles except for operative vehicles on approved driveways with direct access to a garage.  The code also provides exceptions for approved parking pads subject to specific standards.

What can I do if my residence is one of two or more residences on the same lot and my neighbor continually parks in the driveway which blocks my vehicle access to my garage and residence?

Municipal Codes 10-2.1708 and 10-5.1708, subsection (d) regulates this:
(d) Parking prohibited on driveways serving multi-family dwellings. Any driveway which serves two (2) or more dwellings shall not be used for parking, or any other use that would impede the other residents from utilizing their required parking spaces.
Why did I receive a citation when my vehicle had expired registration and was parked in a mall parking lot?
See California Vehicle Code 4000.
                                                   

Oversized Vehicles

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How may I read the Redondo Beach laws that regulate the parking of oversized vehicles and Recreational Vehicles?
Redondo Beach Municipal Code sections 3-7.2101 through 3-7.2115 regulate the parking of oversized vehicles in Redondo Beach.  Click here to jump to the Municipal Code.

When will officers start enforcing the Oversized Vehicle Parking laws?

Officers will begin enforcing the restriction of oversized vehicle parking effective July 1, 2011.

When did the ordinance become law?  I never heard anything about this.
The oversized vehicle ordinances became law in November 2010.  The City Council conducted numerous public discussions during its normal meetings, special public outreach meetings at various city facilities, and discussions at their monthly meetings to allow public input from 2008 to 2010.  These meetings were publicized on the City’s website, in local newspapers and at Commission and City Council meetings.  Public comment was also taken by email and telephone.  

Who do I call to help me with questions about an oversized vehicle permit or about the oversized vehicle restrictions in Redondo Beach?

Call the Parking Enforcement Unit at (310) 318-0617 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You may also call the Police Patrol Sergeant at (310) 379-2477 extension 1-2340 after hours.

Do I have to register my oversized vehicle with the City of Redondo Beach and why?
  • Yes.
  • You must complete an Oversized Vehicle Parking Application and register your vehicle with a one-time fee with the Redondo Beach Parking Enforcement Unit.
  • The registration allows enforcement officers to determine that your vehicle is owned, leased or rented by a Redondo Beach resident to prevent it from being cited or towed.
  • The vehicle will need a free Oversized Vehicle Permit between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings if the vehicle is parked on the street or in a City parking lot between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m..
  • The vehicle will not need a permit on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and on national holidays.
How may I submit an application to register for the on-street parking of an oversized vehicle in Redondo Beach?
  • You may submit an application to register your vehicle effective June 1, 2011.  
  • Currently, you must submit your application and supporting documentation (if needed) as follows:
  1. In-person at 415 Diamond Street, Door E
  2. By FAX at (310) 372-8021
  3. By email to:  OversizedVehicles@redondo.org
  4. By mail to: 
City of Redondo Beach
Oversized Vehicle Registration
C/O Parking Enforcement Unit
415 Diamond Street
P.O. Box 270
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
  • If your vehicle is registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to your Redondo Beach residence address, the cost to register your oversized vehicle is $20.00.
  • If your vehicle is registered with the California Department Motor of Vehicles to an address outside the City of Redondo Beach, and you are a Redondo Beach resident or land owner, the cost to register your vehicle is $30.00.
  1. Currently, payments for registration should be paid in person at City Hall Door E or sent by mail to Oversized Vehicle Registration, C/O Parking Enforcement Unit, 415 Diamond Street, P.O. Box 270, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
  2. The Parking Enforcement Unit is in the process of establishing an online service to allow you to register, pay and obtain permits online.  The website will provide instructions when this system is operative.
What information will I need to provide to register my oversized vehicle in the City of Redondo Beach?
  • Your name, the address of your residence or land owned in Redondo Beach, and your telephone number
  • The proposed street parking location for the oversized vehicle
  • The license plate number, make, model and types of the vehicle or vehicle combinations
  • The requested dates and times for permit parking
  • Proof of ownership, lease or rental for the vehicle if the vehicle is not registered to you
  • Proof of your residency such as your driver license, California ID card with your Redondo Beach address and either a property tax bill or public utility bill.
Do I need to register the RV or trailer that I am temporarily renting?
  • Yes, if you are going to park it on city streets during the restricted hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m..
  • The recreational vehicle or trailer that you rent will need a parking permit between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. if you park it on the street Tuesday through Friday in the City of Redondo Beach. 
  • If you are only parking it on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., you will not require a permit.  However, it is possible that if you do not register the vehicle with the Parking Enforcement Unit prior to parking it, you will receive a citation for illegal parking.  This would require you to pay the citation or contest the citation by filing a request for an Administrative Investigation.  You would have to support your request with the documentation of your temporary lease and rental and proof of residency.
How do I obtain an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit now and in the future if I live in Redondo Beach?
  • Now:  Beginning June 1, 2011 you may obtain a permit by calling the Parking Enforcement Unit Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to request the permit.  Have the information ready for our staff to create the permit.  You will need to provide:
  1. Your name, the address of your residence or land owned, and your telephone number
  2. The proposed street parking location for the oversized vehicle
  3. The license plate number, make, model and types of the vehicle or vehicle combinations
  4. The requested dates and times for permit parking
  • Future:  The Police Department is in the process of creating an online service that will allow residents to apply for permits online without contacting Parking Enforcement staff to obtain them.  The City staff will notify vehicle owners when this becomes available and will include the link from this website.
What is the cost of an Oversized Vehicle Daily Parking Permit to park my vehicle on the street in Redondo Beach?
The Oversized Vehicle Daily Parking Permits for residents' oversized vehicles are free.

What is the valid period of each daily permit?
The permit is valid for the one day, the 24 hour period from midnight to 11:59 p.m.

What is the definition of an oversized vehicle in Redondo Beach?
  • An oversized vehicle is any motorized vehicle or combination of motorized vehicles and non-motorized vehicles or trailers that:’
  1. Meets or exceeds twenty-two (22) feet in length at any time
  2. Meets or exceeds the combination of both more than eight (8) feet in height and is also meets or exceeds seven (7) feet in width.  
What types of vehicles would this include?
  • This would include vehicles that exceed the measurements and would include:
  1. Recreational Vehicles
  2. Campers
  3. House cars
  4. Combination vehicles such as trucks or cars with attached travel or utility trailers, vehicles with attached boat trailers, etc. 
  5. Click here for some photo examples of oversized vehicles.
Are pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles parked without trailers attached included?
Not all of them.  Pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles that are less than twenty-five (25) feet in length and less than eight (8) feet in height are not included as an oversized vehicle.

Are commercial vehicles considered oversized vehicles by this law?
No.  Commercial vehicles as defined in Municipal Code 3-7.901 are not included in this law.  The laws restricting commercial vehicles in residential and business districts are defined in other parts of the Municipal Code.

When are oversized vehicles restricted from parking in Redondo Beach without a permit?
  • Oversized vehicles may not stop, stand, park or be left standing on Redondo Beach City streets and City parking lots between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless otherwise authorized by the Municipal Code.
  • Residents are allowed to park between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
    • On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings without a permit
    • On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings without a permit
    • On Tuesday through Friday mornings with a permit
      • With up to six permits per month and
      • Sixty permits per year on Tuesdays through Fridays.
Can anyone (resident and non-resident) park an oversized vehicle in Redondo Beach for twenty hours a day from 6:00 a.m. in the morning until 2:00 a.m. the next day?
  • Yes.  Oversized vehicle parking for residents and non-residents is only regulated between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. 
  • Non-residents, unless they are the permitted guests of residents, may not park in Redondo Beach during these hours. 
  • Residents may park during these hours without a permit on weekends and holidays (Saturday-Monday) and with a permit on Tuesdays-Fridays.
Where can residents and landowners park an oversized vehicle on Redondo Beach City streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.?
Residents must park their oversized vehicles under the following conditions:
  • You must park at the street curb immediately adjacent to your property.
  • If the curb configuration or parking restrictions adjacent to your property does not allow you to park immediately adjacent to your property, you must park within 400 feet of your property.
    • (Example:  you do not have twenty-seven feet of curb space to allow you to park your 27' vehicle next to your house, or there is no parking on your side of the street.
  • You must have a permit Tuesday through Friday
How many permits will I need if I want to park my oversized RV in front of my house from Tuesday night at 10:00 until I leave on Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m.?
You will need two 24-hour free permits for the periods from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

How many permits will I need if I want to park my RV in front of my house from Monday night until the following Saturday?

You may not park your vehicle for this period of time in front of your residence during the restricted hours.  You many only park for three consecutive 24 hour periods when permits are required.  Your vehicle must be absent from the location for 24 hours before you may return and lawfully park at the location again with a permit.

If I park my RV on Friday night and buy and use permits for three consecutive nights, when must I move my RV again?

You would not have to move your RV until 2:00 a.m. on the following Friday morning.  You do not require a permit to park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.  You may use three consecutive permits for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

If I am a resident, how many free parking permits can I receive each year for Tuesday through Friday street parking?
  • You may receive six (6) overnight parking permits per month and
  • Up to sixty overnight parking permits per year. 
  • Each permit is valid for a twenty-four hour period and can be used for three consecutive days at a time.

Where do I place my parking permit on my oversized vehicle?
  • The permit must be prominently displayed in the lower driver’s side windshield.  It must be visible from the exterior and shall not cover the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). 
  • Trailers must display the permit on the side of the trailer so that it is visible from the street, usually on the left side of the vehicle.
I have visitors coming to my home to visit and stay at my house while they park their oversized vehicle in the street.  Can they receive a permit?
  • Yes.  As a resident you are entitled to receive three seven-day out of town visitor permits each year. 
  • The oversized vehicle may not be used for camping, lodging, residing or accommodation purposes during their stay.  
    • Camping and sleeping in vehicles in public places is not allowed in Redondo Beach. 
  • Note that your out of town visitor must park adjacent to your residence or within 400 feet of your residence if parking is not available due to curb configuration or codified parking restrictions.
What is the definition of a “resident” as it applies to the ownership of an oversized vehicle and the ability to park it in Redondo Beach?
  • A resident is a person who customarily resides and maintains a place of abode or who owns land within the City of Redondo Beach. 
  • Resident does not mean a person who maintains an address at a post office box, mailbox drop, or who rents a room in Redondo Beach without this being their primary place of abode.
How much will a citation cost if I park without a permit or at a location that is not in compliance with the law for example, parking in front of another residence instead of your own or other than within 400 feet of your residence due to parking restrictions?
The cost of this citation is $125.00.
                                                   

Blocking my Driveway

How do I complain about a car blocking my driveway?
  • Call (310) 379-5411 to obtain assistance with a vehicle that is blocking your driveway.
  • If the vehicle blocks the driveway so that you cannot exit, the officer may tow the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle blocks the driveway partially and you are able to exit, the officer may use discretion and cite the vehicle.
Can I park in the street in front of my own driveway?
No.  California Vehicle Code 12500 (e) prohibits this unless a City allows this parking by permit.  Redondo Beach does not have a permit process to allow this at this time.
                                                  

Commercial Vehicles

Can commercial vehicles park on residential streets?

  • Usually, no.
  • Municipal Code 3-7.1303 regulates commercial vehicle parking on residential streets:
A commercial vehicle as defined in Municipal Code Section 3-7.901 having an “unladed weight” of 6,000 pounds or more or having a “manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating” of 10,000 pounds or more shall not be parked on any street in a residential district.  This restriction does not apply to any commercial vehicle coming from an unrestricted street having ingress and egress by a direct route to and from a restricted street when necessary for the purpose of making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on the restricted street or for the purpose of delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling, or construction of any building or structure upon the restricted street for which a building permit has previously been obtained.
Is it legal to park a large truck and a trailer in our neighborhood on the street?  How do I report a large truck and trailer?
  • No, depending on the size and weight of the vehicles. 
  • The vehicle may be cited as a commercial vehicle if it exceeds the weight limit for commercial vehicles in a residential district. 
  • It may also qualify as an oversized vehicle and may be cited. 
  • Call the Police Department Communications Unit at (310) 379-5411 to request that a citation is issued by a police officer or municipal services officer.
Is it legal for my neighbors to park a large commercial truck on their residence property?
  • No, it is not legal depending on the weight. 
  • Municipal Code sections 10-2.1708 and 10-5.1708 prohibit the garaging, parking, maintaining, or storage of any commercial vehicle, as defined in Section 10-2.402 which exceeds a registered unladed weight of five thousand, six hundred (5,600) pounds.
 

Disabled Parking

How do I contest a citation if I did not display my disabled placard?
  • Complete, sign and submit a Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form at the Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond Street, Door E or by mail.
  1. You can print a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review here; or
  2. Call (310) 318-0617 to request a copy of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form by mail or FAX; or
  3. Obtain a form from the Parking Enforcement office at 415 Diamond Street, Door E.
  • Provide a written statement on your Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form with a photocopy of your citation and any copies of any proof to support your appeal (e.g., a photocopy of your DP Placard and your DP identification card.)  Explain the circumstances regarding your placard when the citation was issued.
  • Send them to:  City of Redondo Beach Parking Enforcement Citation Review, City of Redondo Beach, 415 Diamond Street, P.O. Box 270, Redondo Beach CA 90277.
  • You may be contacted for additional information.
  • Maintain copies of your Administrative Investigation Initial Review form and any documents/materials submitted to support your statement; materials submitted for review will not be returned.
  • A hold will be placed on your citation upon receipt of the Request for Administrative Investigation Initial Review form.
  • You should receive a response to your request for cancellation by mail within 21 calendar days.
  • You may be required to pay an administrative fee of $25.00 even if the violation for the illegal parking in a disabled parking space is canceled.
  • If the result of the Administrative Investigation Initial Review is that there are not grounds for cancellation, you may either pay the penalty to conclude the matter or request an Administrative Hearing.
Where do I obtain a disabled parking placard?
Contact the local office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles or go to the DMV website for more information.  http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm

Where may I park with my Disabled Person (DP) plate or placard or Disabled Veteran (DV) plate?
  • California Vehicle Code 22511.5 (a)(1) provides that a vehicle displaying a (DP) or (DV) special license plate issued under Section 5007 or a distinguishing placard issued under Section 22511.55 or 22511.59 may park for unlimited periods in any of the following zones:
  1. In parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol)
  2. Next to a blue curb authorized for handicapped parking
  3. Next to “limited time” green curbs
  4. For free at any on-street metered parking space
  5. In an area that indicates it requires a resident or merchant permit
  6. At any on-street location with posted time limit zones
Where may I not park with my Disabled Person (DP) plate or placard or Disabled Veteran (DV) plate?
  • Vehicles may not park 
  1. In the crosshatched pattern located next to a space displaying the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol). The crosshatched sections of these spaces are for wheelchair and wheelchair lift access.
  2. Next to red curbs, which indicate no stopping, standing or parking.
  3. Next to yellow curbs, which are for commercial vehicles to load and unload passengers or freight.
  4. Next to white curbs, which are for loading and unloading passengers, or depositing mail in an adjacent mailbox.
  5. At any zone where State law or the Redondo Beach Municipal Code prohibit stopping, parking or standing of any vehicles. Vehicles with DP or DV placards must abide by street sweeping restrictions.
Do I have to pay for the parking meter where I park with my DP Placard/Plate or DV Plate?  Do I have to pay in off-street parking garages and lots?
  • The California Vehicle Code provides for free parking with DP placards and license plates for on-street parking.
  • For privately owned off-street garages and parking lots which do not charge fees, vehicles with DP placards must abide by any posted ordinances or restrictions for those facilities.
  • DP parking spaces are available in all off-street parking lots and garages. However, patrons who choose to park in these facilities must pay any applicable parking rates. This applies to both private and public off-street parking garages and parking lots.
Am I restricted from parking in any of Redondo Beach’s Preferential Parking Zones with my DP or DV status?
  • No.  Vehicles with DP or DV placards are not required to display a Preferential Parking Permit when parking in a permit area.
  • However, you may not park at any zone where State law or the Redondo Beach Municipal Code prohibit stopping, parking or standing of any vehicles. Vehicles with DP or DV placards must abide by street sweeping restrictions.
May I park in one place longer than 72 hours on the street without moving my vehicle?
No.  You must move your vehicle in conformance with Redondo Beach Municipal Code section 3-7-1313.

May I park in zones where the signs say, ”No Parking” and are followed with a specific time (i.e. 4p.m. to 6p.m.)?
No vehicles, including vehicles displaying a DP or DV placard, are allowed to park in these spaces during the posted time. However, vehicles are allowed to park in these spaces outside of the posted times as long as the vehicle is removed and not parked during the posted time restriction.

Is it legal for me to give my placard to a family member or friend to use?

  • It is not legal to:
  1. Lend your DP placard to another person. DP placards are not transferable
  2. Forge a physician’s signature to obtain a DP placard
  3. Use another person's DP placard
  4. Possess or display a counterfeit placard
  5. Provide false information to obtain a placard
  6. Alter a placard or a placard identification card
  7. Per the California Vehicle Code, abuse of a DP placard may result in cancellation and revocation of the placard, including loss of all privileges it provides. Furthermore, abuse of a DP placard is punishable by a minimum fine of $250 up to $3,500 or imprisonment up to 6 months, or both.
  • More information about Disabled Person and Disabled Veteran parking may be found at the following link: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm
                                            
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Municipal Service Officers staff the Parking Enforcement Unit in the Redondo Beach Police Department.  These officers enforce the City’s parking laws related to street sweeping, parking meters and miscellaneous regulations.  Their goal is to provide quality customer service in response to community parking concerns and complaints.  

Application for Preferential Parking Permits
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