SBPD Clarifies Street Sweeping Rules
Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
Santa Barbara Police Department Issues Further Clarification on Parking Enforcement in the City’s Jurisdiction
Recently the City of Santa Barbara issued media releases regarding the City’s posture on parking enforcement during the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order. For clarification, the Police Department suspended street sweeping enforcement effective December 8, 2020 through the entirety of the Governor’s Stay-at-home Order. All other enforcement will continue.
In an effort to support business activity that is still open, all timed parking signs are in full force. Traffic safety is of tantamount importance – Bike lanes, red zones, and other permitted parking spaces are being enforced throughout the City. You are responsible for continuing to observe all signage pertaining to parking your vehicle on a City street or structure.
Vehicles parked on City streets or structures must observe all other parking requirements and laws outside of being granted dispensation from street sweeping.
Update by an edhat reader
I'd like to correct Mr. Wagner from the SB Police Department on his incorrect statement in the comment section. Anyone who has received parking tickets this week should call the Police Department to have it immediately cancelled and if you have already paid, ask for a refund ASAP.
The City of Santa Barbara issued an email on Saturday, December 5 titled "Stay at Home Order Goes Into Effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m." In that email, the city clearly states that parking enforcement will be cancelled.
"Effective Monday, parking enforcement on City streets will be suspended for the duration of the Stay Home Order due to cancellation of street sweeping. This includes timed parking downtown," the email states.
Clearly, there is confusion between the City and Police, but residents should not be held accountable because they cannot properly communicate. Contest your tickets now.
By an edhat reader
My neighborhood incorrectly assumed street sweeping would stop during the recent stay at home order. [Monday] morning the meter patrol came through and ticketed many cars followed by street sweeper minutes later.