Coming from someone who just paid a very expensive expired meter ticket (a rare thing in my household), there’s nothing better than finding those sweet, sweet parking spots. Since today is Christmas Eve, you can avoid some tickets by parking a little smarter over the holiday – just not today. Official observance is on Christmas DAY – so be aware!
Always look at the signs – certain city parking regulations (such as state parking laws) are not enforced on national holidays. However, consider yourself free and clear on Christmas Day when there’s noone working to give you that ticket. Since this year Christmas Day falls on Wednesday, the holiday is observed that day. More info here.
The parking regulations/signs that are not enforced are:
- Time Limit (ie one hour, two hour, four hours, etc.)
- Parking Meters (unless posted to include holidays). Exceptions include, but are not limited to, areas around Venice Beach and in West Los Angeles. In these areas, the signs reflect “Including Holidays.”
- No Parking Signs with specific time limits (i.e. 9:00am to 4:00pm, 8:00am to 10:00am)
- No Stopping signs with specified time limits (i.e. 7:00am to 9:00am, 4:00pm to 6:00pm). This includes Peak Hour parking restirionts.
- Preferential Parking (unless posted to include holidays)
The following safety violations are enforced on all days, including National Holidays:
- Red zones, including bus zones
- Yellow/White zones (on request only)
- Handicapped Zones (also known as Blue Zones)
- “No Parking Anytime” zones (including “Tow Away” restrictions
- “No Parking Anytime” zones
- “No Stopping Anytime” zones
- All temporary “No Stopping” or “No Parking” zones
- Requests for service, including, but not limited to, blocked driveways
Trash service will not commence on Christmas Day (December 25), but there will be a one day delay. So, in essence, Wednesday collection day will now be on Thursday. If you’re throwing away your Christmas tree already, consider recycling it.
Once again, Christmas Day (not Eve!) is the name of the game – as long as the sign says “Holidays Exempt” or something along those lines.