Parking Enforcement

Parking Enforcement  

Visitors arrive from all over the world to enjoy the scenic beauty of our village. This worldwide attention makes parking one of our major concerns. Parking spaces are at a premium in the business district, and they must be used throughout the day for as many vehicles as possible. This effort requires your cooperation and understanding. The Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of all parking violations within the city. The department currently utilizes three Community Services Officers to enforce parking violations, the vast majority of which are for overtime parking. Patrol officers also enforce parking violations. Parking is enforced seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the exception of Fifth Avenue between San Carlos and Dolores, where the 10 minute zone is enforced 24 hours a day. There are no parking meters in Carmel-by-the-Sea, so officers mark the tires of parked vehicles to record the time they are parked at one location. Removing or tampering with a chalk mark is a serious violation.

Parking Zones within the business district are well posted with signs stating the time limits. Most areas have a time limit of two hours. There are however, several 60-minute, 30-minute and 10-minute zones, which are designated by signs and/or painted green curbs. Free parking is available at Vista Lobos located at SW Torres and Third Avenue. In the residential areas, vehicles may be parked on the street for 48 continuous hours or less. Please note that some residential areas are posted as "Resident Permit Parking" zones. If you are a resident of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can obtain a Resident Parking Permit for these areas. The Resident Parking Permit allows you to park double the posted time within the business district in all 30 & 60 minute zones. The permit also allows for an additional one hour in the 2-hour stalls. The ten minute zones are the same regardless of the residential sticker.

Faulty Parking violations are second only to overtime violations. Faulty parking consists of parking over the lines that separate the stalls, or not parking within stall on a street where lines are painted indicating the stalls. Often, faulty parking involves blocking a driveway which is a serious violation and your vehicle may be towed at your expense.

Double Parking causes unnecessary and needless traffic congestion. Double parking is a violation, and your vehicle may be cited even if it is occupied.

Commercial Vehicles are permitted to double park while making deliveries in the business district. In doing so however, they are not permitted to double park on the south or west side of any street except Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street.

Recreational Vehicles (i.e. motorhomes) are permitted to park in timed zones as long as they are parked within the marked stall or stalls. Because of their size, they will often have to take up more than one stall, and this is legal. Parking of these vehicles is not permitted at the west end of Ocean Avenue (beach area), or along most of Scenic Drive. There are no camping areas within the City. Camping or sleeping overnight in any vehicle is not permitted within the City limits. The nearest campground is located at Veterans Memorial Park in Monterey.

Moving Vans will often arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea without realizing the difficulty in maneuvering within our many narrow streets. Drivers of large trucks are strongly advised to contact the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department prior to their arrival for assistance in getting to and from their destination. In some cases, the trucks are too large for the area of delivery or pickup, in which case their load may have to be transferred to smaller trucks.

Parking Citations. If your vehicle was issued a citation, you have 21 days including weekends and holidays from the date the citation was issued to pay the penalty shown on the ticket. To pay the penalty, mail a check or money order within 21 days in the attached envelope to:

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Parking Enforcement Center
P.O. Box 5010
San Ramon, CA 94583

You can also pay with MasterCard or Visa by calling 1-800-281-7275, or via the Internet by logging onto

If your vehicle was issued a citation for 5204(a) CVC, the $76.00 penalty will be reduced to $10.00 on proof of correction. Note: 5204(a) of the California Vehicle Code deals with improper display of license tabs, such as missing or expired tabs, even if the vehicle has current registration. To correct the violation, locate your current license tabs, or obtain replacements from DMV if they were lost, and affix them to your vehicle's rear license plate. You can then take your vehicle to any police department and have the "Certificate of Correction" signed on the back of your citation. You can then send in the $10.00 with your citation as proof of correction.

If you wish to contest a citation, you must contact the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department within 21 days of the date of the violation, either in person or by telephone (831) 624-6403, and initiate an Administrative Review request. If you do not do this within the 21-day time frame you will forfeit all rights to challenge the citation.

Please note that if you fail to pay the penalty, or initiate an Administrative Review request, an additional late fee may be added to your required penalty. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles may be notified to withhold your next annual vehicle registration renewal until citations are paid. Also, failing to respond to five or more citations may result in towing and impounding of your vehicle under California Vehicle Code Section 22651(i).

Further information regarding parking citations can be obtained by contacting the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department at SE Junipero & Fourth Avenue, Carmel, CA 9392.

Carmel Police Department
SE Corner of Junipero and 4th
P.O. Box 600
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-6403
Fax: (831) 624-4296