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Parking Tips

The California Vehicle Code and City of Stockton ordinances are in effect and enforced at all times.  Citations will be issued according to the printed and posted regulations.

If you are driving Downtown, take a moment ahead of time to plan where you will park.  The City of Stockton's Central Parking District has information concerning parking to help you.

Here are the most common parking violations in the City of Stockton:


Parking Within Stall Markings

The entire vehicle must be inside the painted parking stall markings.  If your vehicle is not completely inside the stall markings, this is a violation.  Stall markings can be solid white lines for angled parking or they can be small plus (+) symbols.

       Proper Parking                                Improper Parking

Never park or leave your vehicle in the following areas:

  • Where a "No Parking" sign is posted.
  • On a marked or unmarked crosswalk, on a sidewalk, or in front of a driveway.
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or a fire station driveway.
  • On or within 7 1/2 feet of a railroad crossing.
  • On the wrong side of the street.
  • At a red curb.


Parking Tips:

  • Use of Streets for Storage of Vehicles is Prohibited: You must move your car every 72 hours.
  • Prohibited Advertising on a Vehicle: You cannot place a "for sale" sign on your car and park it on a public street.
  • Parking of Vehicles Without Motive Power is Prohibited: You cannot park your trailer on the street unless it is hooked up to a vehicle, then it must be moved every 72 hours.
  • Limited Parking Zones: If a sign is posted limiting the amount of time one ca park in a designated area, you must move your car after the displayed time.  You cannot continue to feed the meter.

Reminder About Parking at Colored Curbs:

  • White Curb:  Three-minute passenger loading zone.
  • Blue Curb:  Parking is permitted only for a disabled person who displays a placard or disabled person or disabled veteran license plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Yellow Curb:  Commercial loading zone.  You must have a vehicle registered as a commercial vehicle, is limited to 20 minutes, and must be actively loading or unloading.
  • Green Curb:  Park for 24 minutes.
  • Red Curb:  No parking anytime.


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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011