Parking Frequently Asked Questions

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Who do I call if I lost my parking citation, or to find out how much is due for my parking citation? 
Where can I find the San Marcos Municipal Codes (SMMC) pertaining to Motor Vehicles and Traffic? 
Where can I report an abandoned vehicle on a city street? 
Can I park my RV or trailer in front of my home? 
How can I get a temporary RV or trailer parking permit? 
Can I receive a parking citation for blocking my own driveway? 
I have a disabled persons parking placard or disabled person license plates, can I park in the diagonal lines next to a disabled parking space?

 Parking - Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I call if I lost my parking citation, or to find out how much is due for my parking citation?
Call the phone number on the back of the citation, or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3143. You will need to provide the license plate number of the vehicle, or the citation number which begins with the letters SM or numbers 760. 

Where can I find the San Marcos Municipal Codes (SMMC) pertaining to Motor Vehicles and Traffic? 
SMMC Title 12 Motor Vehicles and Traffic (click).
California Vehicle Codes (click).

Where can I report an abandoned vehicle on a City street?
To report an abandoned vehicle call the City’s Code Compliance hotline at (760) 744-1050 ext. 3206. It is unlawful to park a vehicle on any street or alley within the City for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours per SMMC section 12.20.190.

Can I park my RV or trailer in front of my home?

The San Marcos Municipal Code (SMMC), Section 12.20.160(a) prohibits the parking of a recreation vehicle or a mobile living unit on residential streets for any amount of time; or on any street or alley within the city between the hours of 2 and 6 am of each day. The municipal code does provide for a 48-hour exemption for loading, unloading, and cleaning by a temporary RV parking permit. 

How can I get a temporary RV or trailer parking permit?
A temporary parking permit can be requested from the city online (please allow up to 24-hours for processing) or obtained at the public counter in City Hall. There is no charge for this permit. As long as the recreation vehicle or mobile living unit displays a valid temporary parking permit, the vehicle may park on a residential street for up to 48 hours. 

Can I receive a parking citation for blocking my own driveway?
Blocking your own driveway with your vehicle is a violation of the California Vehicle Code and is a valid citation. Emergency response personnel require open access to driveways at all times.

I have a disabled persons parking placard or disabled person license plates, can I park in the diagonal lines next to a disabled parking space?
State law prohibits vehicles that display a valid disabled person parking placard or disabled person license plates from parking in or on the diagonal lines next to a disabled parking space. This area is for wheelchair and wheelchair lift access and needs to be completely unobstructed so that disabled persons have plenty of room to transfer safely to and from their vehicles. Also so that disabled persons walking from the parking lot can get through to the sidewalk.