Parking Tickets Now Seven Days Per Week in Santa Barbara

Parking enforcement officers assists stalled vehicle in Santa Barbara on February 25, 2024 (Photo by Geo Duarte)

Parking Laws are Now Enforced Seven Days Per Week in Downtown Santa Barbara.

It just so happened to be for some time, One could possibly park in the yellow commercial zones in Santa Barbara, especially on Sundays. This is no longer true. Since at least February 18th parking enforcement occurs even on Sundays in the larger Santa Barbara footprint.

Visitors, and Santa Barbara’s own drivers believed they could almost park anywhere on Sunday afternoons. There are now ar least eight parking enforcement officers assigned and enforcing parking rules during all seven days of the week in S.B..

On Sunday, 02/25/24, a Parking Enforcement Officer was the first to respond to a stalled vehicle at the Hwy 101 underpass on Garden St. A young man had run out of gas at the intersection below the freeway.

Thankfully, the traffic officer was able to provide safety and traffic control while assistance was arranged for the man. Help soon arrived with a small amount of fuel to restart the car. Thus, the scene was soon cleared by SBPD and parking services.

Parking enforcement officers assists stalled vehicle in Santa Barbara on February 25, 2024 (Photo by Geo Duarte)

Parking enforcement officers assists stalled vehicle in Santa Barbara on February 25, 2024 (Photo by Geo Duarte)

Geo Duarte

Written by Geo Duarte

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    • True, time-frames are posted. Read the signs people. Yellow Zones, often say “At All Times.” I’m just letting the public know, they are enforcing 7 days per week now.

      And, from experience, people call the PD at all times ‘to report people parked in front of their drive way. Double parking, parked in the red with flashers on, no placard in a handicap, also, parked on the sidewalk–that one gets a quick response.

      Many, call and report these instances at all times. day or night, SBPD responds to the those too. The Parking Enforcement Officers are now out 7 day per week during business hours—just a friendly reminder. Sorry for any confusion. Just reporting, the best that possibly can, with limited resources. Please, just be well everyone.

      I saw many tickets on windshields the past two Sundays for parking in the Yellow-Zones. Again, be aware.

    • I personally saw many cars getting tickets two Sundays ago. The Yellow Zones often say enforced at All Times, and the PEO also stated this is true. Fifteen Minute Zones, now, mean this even on Sunday. Go ahead and test it out. LoL

  1. Another reason for locals not to come downtown on Sundays. Over the years, council after council has destroyed a once vibrant shopping area into a retail Zombie Land, where retailers of basic goods are unable to survive. If you want food, booze or useless tourist merchandise, then downtown State Street is made for you! With the people making the decisions on the council having no knowledge of retailing and storefront real estate, we are in for a long and costly ride. State Street will not improve anytime soon and it might even get worse.

    • I spoke to the Parking Officer that was the first to respond. She stated they now have enough staff to even cover Sunday’s. Many people think they can park in yellow commercial zones on Sunday. Many of those yellow zones say “…Enforced at all times”

  2. It’s not personal to report on any of this. Although, I recall when “I thought ‘If I park my Chevy van backwards in one of these’ lots they won’t notice my tags are more than six months out’. Wrong, they got me. Many times! This, because my SMOG system would not pass the biannual test. They would still issue a citation regardless of my attempts to fix the mechanical issue.

    I used to care-for-and-watch-my-kids-everyday at their mothers home during their early childhood. I would often forget what ‘sweeping schedules were in effect on Wed. or Thursday.’ I would end up paying between $600 – $900 annually for this chronic forgetfulness.

    Again, as stated earlier. Read all the signs. And, unrelatedly, if In L.A. read the signs 400 feet down the road, they matter too. I learned the HW that the all the posted notices matter. Even if they are out of your ‘visible area.’

  3. Not misleading but informative. Kind of like speeding, against the law but not chargeable unless seen by an officer. Now they have more officers. So you might be getting a ticket soon if you’re parking in the yellow on Sundays. Thanks Geo for passing the info along. They don’t hesitate to ticket the Hummer even though it’s electric and sustainable. They should pay me for being a good example.

  4. The city could clean up on violation in the lower westside. One day, walking around one block, I counted 13. I’ve seen cars that could get tickets on 3 different violations, red zone, fire hydrants, parking periductular instead of parallel parked to curb.

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