Parking & Street Sweeping
Lakewood parking control officers enforce California's "72 hour law." The law prevents vehicles from being parked and left unmoved on city streets for more than 72 continuous hours.
The street in front of a residential home is a public street and is open to anyone who wishes to park there. The parking spaces there are not reserved for residents of the nearest home. The only exception is for an officially-marked disabled parking space in front of a residence (which requires approval from the city).
All streets in Lakewood also have parking limitations on street sweeping days. The city enforces parking restrictions on all streets on all sweeping days, even when sweeping has been curtailed by wet weather. Cars parked on the street during the no parking period for street sweeping are subject to a citation.
In Lakewood, permits are required for your RV or trailer when you park it on the street. Even with an on-street parking permit, however, RV and trailer owners are required to adhere to all other parking regulations, including no-parking during street sweeping hours.
Lakewood Parking Regulations
- Alleys: No vehicle may be parked in an alley for any length of time.
- Commercial Vehicles: No parking of any commercial vehicles (over three tons).
- Curb Parking: All vehicles shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheel of the vehicle parallel with and within eighteen inches of the right-hand curb. All vehicles must face the direction of traffic flow.
- Disabled Spaces/Curbs: Vehicles must display a special disabled identification license plate or a valid disabled placard.
- Expired Registration/No Display: Vehicle must have current tabs displayed on license plate.
- Fire Hydrants: Do not park within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.
- Fire Lanes: No stopping, standing, or parking at designated fire lanes.
- Front Yard: Front and side yard parking is only permitted on street sweeping day.
- Intersection: Do not park or leave your vehicle within an intersection.
- Overnight Parking: The rear of commercial centers, as well as city parks, prohibits parking overnight.
- Parkways: Do not park on any portion of a parkway.
- RVs: All RVs must have a permit to be parked on any city street.
- Red Curbs: No stopping, standing or parking at any time.
- Repairing vehicles on the street: Never allowed.
- Sidewalks: Do not park on any portion of a sidewalk.
- Street Sweeping: Citations are issued only if the sweeper must go around a parked vehicle.
- Trailers: All trailers must have a permit to be parked on any city street.
- 72-hour limit: No vehicle shall be left standing on a street longer than 72 hours.
If you received a parking citation for a violation of a Lakewood Municipal Code, you can learn more about the code here.
Your vehicle was towed if it was parked for over 72 hours and received both a warning and subsequent citation, had registration expired over six months, or had 5 or more outstanding parking citations. For information on why your vehicle was towed and how to get it released, please call 562-866-9771, extension 2621.
Please be advised that if the vehicle was towed for delinquent parking citations, you must pay all parking citations on the towed vehicle as well as all parking citations in your name owed on any other vehicle. These citations must be paid by cash or credit card; checks will not be accepted.