Enforcement to Begin for Vehicles Parked on “Parkways” and “Driveway Aprons”

September 30, 2022 9:23 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On November 1, 2022, the Traffic Services Division of the Santa Monica Police Department will begin to enforce Santa Monica Municipal Code section 3.12.380. This Ordinance prohibits driving or parking a vehicle on any sidewalk, parkway, or curb, other than a driveway or roadway.

A “parkway” is the area of the public right-of-way not intended for vehicular use and refers to the portion of a street other than a roadway or a sidewalk. The parkway commonly sits between the sidewalk and the street curb. A parkway can also be located where no curb exists between the sidewalk and the roadway, which the City has reserved for landscaping and utilities. The Ordinance also prohibits parking on the “driveway apron,” the portion of a driveway between a property line and any curb.

Any person violating the Ordinance is subject to a parking citation with a fine in the amount of $63 per violation.

The City is committed to ensuring that its streets, sidewalks, and public-right-of way areas are safe, accessible, and equitably available for all residents and visitors.

For more information, please call 311 or email 311@santamonica.gov.

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