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The Parking Enforcement Team consists of 12 Parking Enforcement Officers, supervised by a Police Sergeant.

Paying The Fine

Parking Enforcement Officers Penalties can be paid online, in person, and by mail.

Pay online, if you have your license plate number and your citation number, through our secure online payment system. If you have questions or problems using the online payment system, please call the Parking section at 897-2360.

Pay in person by bringing the citation and bail amount to the Parking Citation Section located in the lobby of:

Santa Barbara Police Department
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Our hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed legal holidays and weekends.

Pay by mail by sending your check, money order or certified check to:

City of Santa Barbara
Parking Citation Section
P.O. Box 2547
Santa Barbara, CA 93120

Time Limit

You have 10 days from the date the citation is issued to pay the fine which is shown on the citation (weekends and holidays are counted) for all except: expired registration, improper display of California registration/no registration tabs, and no front / rear plate. These are dismissible within 30 days of the citation date with proof of compliance and payment of an administrative fee.

Delinquent Parking Citations

Failing to respond to five or more citations may result in towing and impounding of a vehicle or any other vehicle owned by you under the California Vehicle Code (CVC) Sections 22651.7 and 22651(i).

If you fail to pay penalty fines, an additional late fee will be added to your required penalty. (Penalty fine is deemed "paid" on the date received by the Police Department.) Unpaid citations will be forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for collection with the registration of the vehicle pursuant to CVC Section 4760.

To Challenge

Parking Enforcement If you wish to contest a citation, you must contact the Parking Section at the Santa Barbara Police Department within 21 days of the date of the violation, either in person or by telephone (805) 897-2360, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and complete an Initial Review request form. If you do not do it within the 21 day time frame you forfeit all rights to challenge the citation. Administrative fees to dismiss citation based on proof of compliance are not subject to challenge.

You may download the Initial Review Form.

Further information regarding parking citations can be obtained by contacting:

Parking Citation Section
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897- 2360

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2015