Nearly half of the City’s
700,000 traffic control signs advise motorists of special
curb parking regulations. The following paragraghs explain
the purposes for which they are used.
Time Limit Parking
Time limit parking signs are installed in traditional
retail and commercial districts. One- and two-hour parking
limits are common.
Business employees and residents with more long-term
parking needs are discouraged from parking in spaces
with short time restrictions. Time limit parking ensures
turnover so a maximum number of drivers can use the
limited curb spaces.
LADOT traffic officers frequently
patrol time limit parking zones to help ensure turnover. They
mark chalk on tires or record license plate numbers to identify
how long vehicles are parked. Parking meters often supplement
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation
considers installing time limit parking signs upon receipt
of a petition by property owners nearby the affected commercial
“No Parking Any Time” signs are intended to
prevent traffic hold-ups that result when parked vehicles
approach or leave the curbside. These zones allow commercial
loading for up to thirty minutes or passenger loading
for up to five minutes.
This restriction may be initiated
by petition from affected property owners.
Zones with signs indicating “No Stopping”
prohibit both parking and stopping. This restriction
is enacted when its necessary to create an additional
traffic lane, either permanently or in peak traffic
Vehicles parked in these lanes are
subject to being towed.
Call (866) TOW-AWAY to reclaim vehicles.
It is necessary to prohibit parking over several hours
on some streets for street sweeping. The Bureau of Street
Services requests LADOT to restrict parking by installing
signs indicating street cleaning times.
Preferential parking districts are created when customers
of retail districts regularly park in adjacent residential
areas. As a result, many residents are not able to park
in front of their homes.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation establishes
preferential parking districts by erecting time limit
parking or no parking signs that apply to all motorists
except area residents.
Residents with preferential parking permits
are exempted from the parking restrictions. Fees generated
from residents’ parking permits pay for distribution,
installation and administration costs of the program.
For more information, visit the preferential
parking permits page or contact LADOT at (310) 843-5936.
Painted blue curbs and signs identify disabled parking
zones. These zones reserve parking spaces for disabled
persons who have difficulty walking long distances.
LADOT generally outlines these zones at public buildings,
cultural interest sites and facilities serving the elderly
or disabled. Under certain conditions, they may be installed
at the home of a disabled resident.
Only disabled persons with
valid displayed disabled placards or license plates issued
by a state department of motor vehicles may use blue zones.
These zones are reserved for disabled motorists in general
– not specific disabled individuals.
Disabled Placards or License Plates
Pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 22511.5, vehicles with a valid displayed Disabled
placard or license plate are exempt from the following parking restrictions:
Preferential Parking Districts
Time Limit Parking
These vehicles are NOT exempt from:
No Stopping Zones
No Parking Zones
Street Cleaning Restrictions
Missing or Defaced
To report missing or defaced sign, please call:
(213) 623-7046 TTY
Here to report a missing
or defaced sign online.
If you are reporting one of the following problems:
a post stub, a sign and post knocked down or leaning into
traffic, or an abandoned hole in the sidewalk or parkway,
please call 311.
All requests for new signs must be reviewed
by the local District Engineer’s Office. Please call
your local office to submit your request for a new sign.
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