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Parking Ticket Survival Guide

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Survival Guide


If you have any doubt with how to comply with WEHO parking regulations, please do not guess. The following are examples intended to assist motorists with common misconceptions. If you are still unsure, you may contact the Parking Enforcement Office at (323) 650-6757, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Red Curbs

Vehicles extending into a red zone are allowed up to the vehicle’s tire, unless causing a safety or traffic concern, or adjacent to a residential driveway. Vehicles blocking residential driveways (single family), are exempt. Vehicles with large bumpers, bike racks and other accessories that extend into a red zone and interfere with public safety will be cited and towed. Below are some common examples of situations.

red curb both
PHOTOS ABOVE:  While the vehicle in the first photo extends into the curb’s red zone, it will not be ticketed because the wheel does not cross into the red portion and does not present a safety or access issue. The vehicle in the second photo will not receive a ticket, unless requested by the owner of the affected driveway.

red curb both 2
PHOTOS ABOVE:  The vehicle in the first photo extends into the red curb with its front wheel. This vehicle is in violation and will be ticketed. The vehicle in the second photo extends into a red zone with a fire hydrant. This is also a violation and will result in a ticket and a tow. Vehicles infringing on a fire-hydrant zone will be automatically towed regardless of how far into the red zone it is.

Outside of Marked Space

If the tire is on or over the white line of a space boundary, that vehicle is in violation. Vehicles parked outside of a marked space will be cited if causing a safety or access issue. When in a residential zone, vehicles may park blocking driveways when no complaint is made.
marked space 1

PHOTOS ABOVE:  While the front of the car in these photos does go over the line, the wheel of the car does not. WHPE would not issue a ticket unless there is clear access or safety issue. There is not one in this instance. There is still plenty of room for another vehicle to occupy the adjacent space.

marked space 2

PHOTOS ABOVE:  In this second set of pictures, the wheel of the car extends past the white line and is a  violation. Extending that far into the space may also make it difficult and unsafe for another driver to park in the adjacent space.

marked space 3

PHOTO ABOVE:  Vehicles with a wheel on the white line are also considered in violation. Because this car is also adjacent to a driveway, the vehicle may pose a safety and/or access issue for any vehicle entering or exiting the driveway.

Blocking Driveway

Residents of single-family properties may block their own driveway on the public right of way. Proper resident or guest parking permits must be displayed if parked in a preferential parking district. Vehicles blocking residential driveways without permission are subject to citation and tow.

blocking driveways 1

PHOTOS ABOVE:  The two vehicles are parked in the middle of the residential driveways with the clear intent of blocking the driveway.

blocking driveways 2

PHOTOS ABOVE:  Any vehicle extending into the wings (the sloped part of the curb or where the red line is drawn) is considered to be in violation. If the vehicle on the left were parked just a few inches to the left, it would be considered in compliance. The vehicle on the right is compliant.

blocking driveways 3

PHOTO ABOVE:  This vehicle is extending into the wings and is blocking the driveway and, therefore, would be ticketed and towed on request.

Parking on Grades

Any vehicle that is parked on a grade of 7.5% or greater must have their wheels turned toward the curb while facing downhill and their wheels turned away from the curb while facing uphill.


grades 1

PHOTOS ABOVE:  This illustrates how a vehicle should park if facing uphill. Tires should be angled so the car would roll into the curb.

grades 2

PHOTO ABOVE:  If facing downhill, the vehicle’s wheels must be turned toward the curb. The vehicle would roll into the curb and not into the middle of the street.

grades 3

PHOTO ABOVE:  The vehicle parked above is in violation as the tires are not turned into the curb on a slope of 7.5% or greater.

grades 4

PHOTO ABOVE:  The vehicle parked above has the tires turned away from the curb while parked facing downhill and could roll into the street. This is a violation.

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