The City of Carpinteria is
responsible for regulation and enforcement
of parking laws pursuant to the California
Vehicle Code and the Carpinteria Municipal
Code. The primary function of parking
enforcement is to regulate parking
throughout the City, to assure that
parking spaces are available to the
public, and to educate the public about parking laws.
The City of Carpinteria contracts with
the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's
Department, who in turn contracts with
Duncan Solutions to process all
parking tickets. Once a ticket has been
issued, City staff cannot intervene in
the ticketing process.
1. How do I contest my parking
Please refer to the backside of your
parking ticket for instructions related to
contesting a parking ticket.
2. How do I pay a parking
Payment can be made by check, money order, cashier's check, Visa, Mastercard or online at
not send cash. Payments CANNOT be paid at City Hall.
Mail your ticket fine amount or
contested information to:
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
c/o Parking Citation Service Center
P.O. Box 11923
Santa Ana, CA 92711
3. I lost my parking ticket,
how can I retrieve the ticket information?
If you lost, misplaced or are unable to
clearly read the ticket you will need to
call (888) 611-9745 to obtain ticket
3. How long can I leave my vehicle parked on the street?
There is a seventy-two hour time limit
for parked vehicles. Leaving a vehicle on
the street for more than 72 hours without
moving it more than 1/10th mile can result
in a ticket or towing of the vehicle.
4. What is “T” parking?
In order to maximize City street parking
for vehicles, Ts are painted on the
street to regulate the space for a
passenger vehicle to park. Parking outside
of the T will result in a parking
5. Where can commercial
Commercial vehicles can park for 30 minutes while actively loading or unloading in all posted loading zones, 30 minutes in an alley, 30 minutes in a “No Parking Zone” and are allowed on City streets in general, while actively loading or unloading. They are also allowed to double park.
6. Can vehicles be repaired in the open or on the streets?
No, all vehicle repair must take place in the garage. This includes changing oil or other fluids in the car and applies to both residential and commercial properties.
7. Can I park my vehicles in the front yard?
No, the parking of trailers, campers, or other similar motor vehicles
or boats in the front yard is prohibited
(except on an emergency basis, not to exceed a period of 48 hours within any consecutive thirty-day period).
8. What is the Vehicle Abatement Program (VAP)?
Carpinteria Municipal Code prohibits the storage of inoperative, wrecked,
dismantled or unused vehicles parked outside of the garage or on
the front yard. Vehicles in this condition are considered a public nuisance and are required to be removed or repaired to an operable condition.
9. How can I report a parking issue?
You can report parking or other concerns online on the City website
or by calling (805) 755-4418 M-F, 8am-5pm
or (805) 755-4413 Sat./Sun., 8am-5pm.
The parking regulations of the Carpinteria Municipal Code and the California Vehicle Code are enforced by the Community Development Department, Code Compliance Division and the Sheriff's Department. Vehicles and Traffic regulations can be researched by clicking here to view the City's Municipal Code and selecting Chapter 10 Vehicles and Traffic.