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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.

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