General Parking Permit Information
Permanent Residential Parking Permits:
Residents interested in obtaining permit parking for their street should contact the Public Safety Department at (562) 925-0124 to discuss the permit process and associated rules.
Each household in a permit parking district is limited to four (4) permanent parking permits.
Permits are able to be shared among vehicles and must be visibly displayed from the rear-view mirror.
Permits expire at the end of each calendar year.
Costs (prices are reduced by half starting July 1st):
- $50 for each of the first two (2) permits.
- $100 for the third permit.
- $200 for the forth permit.
- Guests permits are available to any residence within a permit parking district (please note your address must be in an existing permit district).
- There is no cost for guest permits.
- Permits are valid for one (1) calendar day.
- Residents are allowed a maximum of fifteen (15) guest permits for any single day. Guest permits are only available for any Federal Holiday and an additional three (3) non-holiday days per year.
Permits are available for one (1) to three (3) days. Residents may obtain these permits for a maximum of six (6) days per month and a total of fifty (50) days per year.
Parking a recreational vehicle or recreational trailer between the hours of 12 a.m.-6 a.m. without a permit is illegal and is subjected to a citation.
Permits cost $5.00.
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Where can I pay my citation?
Where are street sweeping signs located? Are signs required to be posted a certain amount of feet between each other?
How long do I have to pay my citation until a late fee incurs?
A late fee incurs 21 days after the issuance of the citation OR 14 days of the mailing of the Notice of Delinquent Parking Violation to the registered owner. If the citation is not paid on or before the due date, the amount of the citation will double.
How can I contest a ticket?
An Administrative Review of the citation must be requested within 21 calendar days from the issue date or within 14 days of the mailing of the Notice of Delinquent Parking Violation. The request for review may be mailed to City of Bellflower PO Box 2081, Tustin, CA 92781 or go online.
Why do we have an active parking enforcement program in Belllflower?
Numerous parking laws have been enacted in the California Vehicle Code, Los Angeles County Code, and City of Bellflower Municipal Code, to increase the safety of property owners, pedestrians and our motoring public, as well as improve the aesthetics of local neighborhoods. Violations of these laws, such as parking to within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, parking on a front lawn, allowing vehicle registration to lapse, blocking driveways, parking on the street during street sweeping, etc. negatively impact the quality of life for our residents. If we allow these violations to occur unchecked, everybody loses.
I got a $57 citation for parking on the street during street sweeping, even when all the trash cans were out as well. Why is the fine so large and why would the street be swept with the cans in the way?
The State of California has imposed some very restrictive mandates on cities regarding the amount of waste that is allowed into storm drains. Cities that exceed this limited amount are subject to hefty fines. One of several measures we have had to take is to pay close attention to our weekly street sweeping operations. For many years, we had one of the County's lowest fines for street sweeping violations, which did not seem to deter residents from leaving their vehicles in the streets on posted sweeping days. By raising the fine, we are seeing that more residents are making an effort to comply with the law, and our streets are getting cleaner. Even on the days following a holiday when the trash cans are out (due to an adjusted trash collection schedule), the sweeper maintains a posted schedule to clean the area as well as possible. We also maintain a consistent enforcement schedule so that residents get accustomed to abiding by the posted signs.
I tried to talk to a community services officer and he/she wasn't very responsive. How come the officer didn't hear me out?
You can probably imagine that providing parking enforcement services is not always well received by residents. It can even be fairly dangerous when an individual who is predisposed to displaying a temper is issued a parking citation. In order to keep our civilian community services officers safe, we train them to be courteous, but to avoid engaging in much public conversation, especially if the tone seems to be getting heated. These officers should provide a name and phone number of their supervisor who can more formally discuss any concerns on the phone or at the Bellflower Sheriff's Substation.
What are some commonly-issued citations and common reasons for tows?
Commercial Vehicle (Public Street): 10.16.010 B.M.C. - No person shall park on any street at any time any vehicle bearing a commercial license plate if such vehicle meets any of the following criteria:
- It has a manufacturer’s plate rated capacity of more than eight thousand (8,000) pounds gross vehicle weight; or
- It is greater than nineteen (19) feet in length; or
- It is greater than seven (7) feet in width; or
- It is greater than seven (7) feet in height.
Commercial Vehicle (Private Property): 10.16.020 B.M.C. - No person shall park any commercial vehicle, as described in Section 10.16.010, on any private property, where vehicle access made from a street that has not been appropriately designated a “truck route,” or located within any residential area, except commercial vehicles registered to public or private schools and/or nonprofit corporations.
Street Sweeping: 10.12.030 (B) B.M.C. - It is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle in any such location in violation of posted parking restrictions.
Double Parking: 22500 (h) CVC – Prohibits double parking. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped, parked, or standing at the curb or edge of a highway, except for a school bus when stopped to load or unload pupils in a business or residence district where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less.
Expired Registration: 4000 (a)(1) CVC - A person shall not drive, move, or leave standing upon a highway, or in an off-street public parking facility*, any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole or pipe dolly, or logging dolly, unless it is registered and the appropriate fees have been paid under this code or registered under the permanent trailer identification program, except that an off-highway motor vehicle which displays an identification plate or device issued by the department pursuant to Section 38010 may be driven, moved, or left standing in an off-street public parking facility without being registered or paying registration fees.
Failure to Obey Traffic Signs: 15.20.070 LACC - Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Markings. If signs are posted prohibiting parking or stopping, or if the curbs are painted red, do not park in those areas.
Fire Hydrant: 22514 CVC - You may not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Red curbs are not required unless local authority requires the regular 15 foot distance be less than 10 feet.
Fire Lane: 22500.1 CVC - You may not park, stop or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, in an area marked by either signs or red curbs and stenciling that the area is a fire lane. While a driver could use a fire lane as necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, he/she could not use the area to drop off or pick up passengers.
Disabled Parking (Placard): 22507.8 (a) CVC - Prohibits parking in marked disabled parking stalls unless the disabled person placard or license plates are displayed.
Disabled Parking (Crosshatch): 22507.8 (c) CVC - Prohibits parking in any area of either the crosshatched area adjacent to disabled stalls or the boundary lines of any disabled stall. This includes vehicles displaying a valid disabled person placard or license plate.
Missing Registration Tags: 5204 (a) CVC - No Current Tabs Displayed. This section of the vehicle code requires a vehicle to display current year and month registration tabs on the rear license plate. A citation may be issued if the vehicle has current registration but fails to display current tabs.
No Parking: 15.64.260 LACC – No parking anytime.
Parking in Yard: 10.12.050 (A) B.M.C. - Except during posted street sweeping hours, no person, including the owner or tenant of such property, shall park any vehicle on the improved or unimproved portion of a front yard area or setback area, including the lawn thereof, in a residential zone, except on an improved legal driveway or in a legal garage or carport.
Permit Parking: 10.10.050 (A) B.M.C. – No parking in a preferential parking district without consent. In this section you are required to have a valid permit displayed in order to achieve consent.
Common Reasons for Towing Vehicles
- Blocking Driveway: 22651 (d) CVC - When a vehicle is illegally parked so as to block the entrance to a private driveway and it is impractical to move the vehicle from in front of the driveway to another point on the highway.
- Expired Registration: 22651 (o)(1)(A) CVC - When a vehicle is found or operated upon a highway, public land, or an off-street parking facility it may be impounded under the following circumstances: With a registration expiration date in excess of six months before the date it is found or operated on the highway, public lands, or the off-street parking facility.
- No Evidence of Registration: 22651 (j) CVC - When a vehicle is found illegally parked and there are no license plates or other evidence of registration displayed, the vehicle may be impounded until the owner or person in control of the vehicle furnishes the impounding law enforcement agency evidence of his or her identity and an address within this state at which he or she can be located.
- Parked Over 72 Hours: 22651 (k) CVC - When a vehicle is parked or left standing upon a highway for 72 or more consecutive hours in violation of a local ordinance authorizing removal.
- Parking Citations (Public Street): 22651 (i)(1) CVC - When a vehicle, other than a rented vehicle, is found upon a highway or public land, or is removed pursuant to this code, and it is known that the vehicle has been issued five or more notices of parking violations to which the owner or person in control of the vehicle has not responded within 21 calendar days of notice of citation issuance or citation issuance or 14 calendar days of the mailing of a notice of delinquent parking violation to the agency responsible for processing notices of parking violations, or the registered owner of the vehicle is known to have been issued five or more notices for failure to pay or failure to appear in court for traffic violations for which a certificate has not been issued by the magistrate or clerk of the court hearing the case showing that the case has been adjudicated or concerning which the registered owner’s record has not been cleared pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 41500) of Division 17, the vehicle may be impounded.
- Parking Citations (Off-street Parking Facility): 22651.3 (a) CVC - Any peace officer, as that term is defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, or any regularly employed and salaried employee, who is engaged in directing traffic or enforcing parking laws and regulations, of a city, county, or jurisdiction of a state agency in which any vehicle, other than a rented vehicle, is located may remove the vehicle from an off-street public parking facility located within the territorial limits in which the officer or employee may act when the vehicle is known to have been issued five or more notices of parking violation over a period of five or more days.
- Temporary No Parking (Construction): 22651 (l) CVC - When a vehicle is illegally parked on a highway in violation of a local ordinance forbidding standing or parking and the use of a highway, or a portion thereof, is necessary for the cleaning, repair, or construction of the highway, or for the installation of underground utilities, and signs giving notice that the vehicle may be removed are erected or placed at least 24 hours prior to the removal by a local authority pursuant to the ordinance.
- Unsafe to Operate: 22669 (d) CVC - Motor vehicles which are parked, resting, or otherwise immobilized on any highway or public right-of-way and which lack an engine, transmission, wheels, tires, doors, windshield, or any other part or equipment necessary to operate safely on the highways of this state, are hereby declared a hazard to public health, safety, and welfare and may be removed immediately upon discovery by a peace officer or other designated employee of the state, county, or city.
Please contact tow company for fees.