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Parking During the Coronavirus Emergency

March 26, 2020

Parking During the Coronavirus Emergency

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica continues to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency in coordination with county and state public health authorities. Every measure we’ve taken is aimed at protecting the community’s health and safety. 

As of Sunday, March 22, all Santa Monica beach parking lots remain closed to the general public. These lots include:

  • Lot 9 North 
  • Lot 8 North
  • Lot 7 North
  • Lot 6 North
  • Lot 5 North
  • Lot 4 North
  • Lot 3 North 
  • Lot 1 North 
  • Lot 1 South
  • Lot 2 South 
  • Lot 3 South 
  • Lot 4 South 
  • Lot 5 South

The following valid parking pass holders can still park in beach lots: 

  • Overnight Resident
  • Overnight Guest
  • Central Zone Overnight Resident
  • Central Zone Overnight Guest
  • Employees who work at a business that qualifies as essential under the COVID-19 Safer at Home Order in Santa Monica 

Please note that no Senior Beach or Regular Beach access passes will be honored at this time. Expired resident beach parking permits from February 2020 onward will be honored through May 1, 2020. Renewal for these permits can be completed by contacting

Beach lots will be staffed to provide access to these lots. Operating hours are:

  • 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
  • 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily starting April 1

There are new parking options for Santa Monica residents with a valid preferential parking permit on display at no cost:

  • Lot 7 – 1217 Euclid St.
  • Lot 8 – 1145 16th St.
  • Lot 11 – 170 Hollister
  • Lot 12 – 1211 14th St.

The general public can continue to use these lots but must pay and follow posted hours of operation.

Remember to practice safe physical distancing, including with parking staff.  

A reminder that preferential parking rules in neighborhoods and street sweeping regulations have been suspended. Parking restrictions in green zones have also been suspended. Vehicle towing is suspended for abandoned vehicles, expired registration, and delinquent parking citations. All other parking regulations, including yellow curb zones, time limit zones not within a residential preferential parking zone, and parking meter fees and regulations, are being enforced.

Questions may be directed to the Parking Office at or the COVID-19 hotline at 310-458-8400. Comprehensive information on local response to the coronavirus is available



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