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Disabled Persons Parking

Contact Parking
Parking Division
340 Tyler Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3953
Fax: (831) 646-5651
Contact Form
HOURS:
Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5PM
except major holidays.
Disabled Parking logoAccording to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 22511.5 (a)(1): A disabled person (DP) or disabled veteran (DV) displaying special license plates issued under Section 5007 or a distinguishing placard issued under Section 22511.55 or 22511.59 is allowed to park for unlimited periods in any of the following zones:
  1. On-street parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol).
  2. Next to a blue curb authorized for disabled parking.
  3. At any regular on-street parking spaces without regards to the posted time limit.
  4. Next to “limited time” green curbs.
  5. For free at any on-street metered parking space.
  6. In an area that indicates it requires a resident permit.

Disabled Parking
More information about Disabled Person and Disabled Veteran parking may be found at the
California Department of Motor Vehicles.


Limitations
Limitations to Parking with a Disabled Person or Disabled Veteran Placard or License Plate
  1. Vehicles may not park in the crosshatched pattern located next to a space displaying the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol). The crosshatched sections of these spaces are for wheelchair and wheelchair lift access.
  2. Vehicles may not park next to red curbs, which indicate no stopping, standing or parking.
  3. Vehicles may not park next to yellow curbs, which are for commercial vehicles to load and unload passengers or freight. 
  4. Vehicles may not park next to white curbs, which are for loading and unloading passengers, or depositing mail in an adjacent mailbox, for longer than the 3 minutes.
  5. Attendant Garages & Surface Lots (Off-Street Parking): DP parking spaces are available in all off-street parking lots and garages. The California Vehicle Code privileges for free parking with DP placards and license plates only apply to meter zoned parking. However, the City of Monterey has chosen to offer persons with a valid DP placard or license plate a 50% discount of the posted parking rate at the Cannery Row Garage, Downtown West Garage, Waterfront Lot.
  6. For privately owned off-street garages and parking lots which do not charge fees, vehicles with DP placards must abide by any posted ordinances or restrictions for those facilities.
  7. 72 Hour Parking Limit: Vehicles are not allowed to park on the street, off-street parking lots and garages, in the same location, for more than 72 hours per Monterey City Code 20-72
  8. Failure to Display Placard: If you receive a citation and can prove that you had a valid disabled placard that was not displayed at the time you parked your vehicle, you may have the citation waived for an administrative fee of $10.00.
Disabled Placard Abuse
It is illegal to:
  • Lend your DP placard to another person. DP placards are not transferable
  • Forge a physician’s signature to obtain a DP placard
  • Use someone else’s DP placard
  • Possess or display a counterfeit placard
  • Provide false information to obtain a placard
  • Alter a placard or a placard identification card
Per the California Vehicle Code, abuse of a DP placard may result in cancellation and revocation of the placard, including loss of all privileges it provides. California Vehicle Code §§ 1825, 4461, 4463, 21458, 22511.5, 22511.6, 22511.7, 22511.55, and 22511.59. Business and Professions Code §13660.