Close Panel

Oversized Vehicle Parking OrdinancePublic Works

Need to reserve a parking space for storage containers, moving vans, construction, or special events?
Contact the Public Works Permit Counter staff at 630 Garden Street to inquire about a Parking Restriction Waiver at (805) 564-5388.

Oversized vehicles are prohibited from parking on-street in the City of Santa Barbara unless they qualify for an exemption, or a Parking Restriction Waiver has been issued from Public Works Permit Counter, or an Oversize Vehicle Permit has been obtained from the Downtown Parking office.

Apply for Oversize Vehicle Parking Permit

These restrictions were adopted by the Santa Barbara City Council on November 15, 2016 to protect public safety by limiting the negative pacts of Oversized Vehicles on visibility and traffic flow on the City’s narrow, historic streets. The ordinance is available to view here: SBMC 10.44.220.

The adopted Rules and Regulations for Oversized Vehicle Parking are available to view here.

An "oversized vehicle" is any vehicle or combination of connected vehicles that exceeds any one of the following measurements:

  • 25 feet long, OR
  • 80 inches (6'8") wide, OR
  • 82 inches (6'10") high.

Pickup trucks may exceed the 80-inch width limit, so long as they meet both the height and length restrictions. Trucks with utility beds are not "pickup trucks" within the meaning of the ordinance or Vehicle Code section 471. For details on how vehicles are measured, click here.

To learn more about vehicles that are exempt from these parking restrictions, click here.

To check eligibility or apply for a Temporary or Annual Oversize Vehicle Parking Permit, click here

Click or tap to reveal the answers below.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2021
Top of Page