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The Low Down on Downtown Parking

By Pete in Downtown San Diego Urban Lifestyle with 0 Comments


The low down on color coated parking spaces in Downtown San Diego. Everyone should read this:

While hanging out in front of Mondo Gelato in the Fahrenheit building in downtown San Diego I noticed there was not one but four different colors painted on the curb. Green, Yellow, White and Red. People have asked what the difference is so I thought I would put this on paper for everyone to read.

RED- No Parking Anytime/No Stopping Anytime. If any part of your vehicle extends into the red zone you could be ticketed.

WHITE- Passenger Loading Zones- these are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise posted

YELLOW- Commercial Loading Zones. Trucks and Commercial Vehicles can stop for 20 minutes to load or unload goods. Passenger vehicles may stop for 3 minutes to load/unload passengers. Yellow is in effect from 6 am to 6 pm, Sundays and City Holidays excepted unless otherwise posted.

BLUE- Vehicles displaying a distinguishing placard or license plate issued to Disabled Persons by the California DMV may park in this zone. Out of state/country placards are also honored. If you have a disabled placard you can also park at green curbs or in time limit zones with no time restriction and at metered spaces for free and no time restriction. Parking in the blue crosshatched area designated for wheelchair lifts is prohibited and subject to fine.

GREEN- Short Term Time Limit Zones. Limited to the time period stenciled on the curb or posted on a sign. Time limits are 15, 30 minutes and in effect from 8 am to 6 pm Monday thru Saturday. Sunday and City Holidays excepted.

Parking meters have time limits, hourly rates and hours of enforcement for parking posted directly on the meter. A vehicle may not be parked in a metered spot longer then the posted limit and feeding the meter is prohibited PARKING METERS WITH YELLOW POLES ARE JURISDICTION OF THE PORT OF SAN DIEGO AND MAY HAVE DIFFERENT ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS.

This was taken from a pamphlet given at the City of San Diego Parking Enforcement. All regulations are subject to change. We are not giving parking advice, just passing along the nfo given to us to help your stay in downtown San Diego more enjoyable