Purpose of Parking Regulations

To ensure the safety of both vehicles and pedestrians in parking lots as well as to maximize the utility of the lots.

Parking Procedures

Included in the Parking Guidelines is a description of enforcement practices, parking restrictions, permit displays and permit violations.

Concept of Enforcement – Fair and Equitable

It is important to understand that parking enforcement within the Santa Monica Community College District is a necessary part of the overall parking management system. Enforcement of parking rules at Santa Monica College is the responsibility of the SMC Police and Safety Services Department. Parking enforcement ensures that students and employees will have a reasonable opportunity for parking and that individuals without appropriate authority or who have parked in an inappropriate area will be cited.

SMC Police personnel have the authority to issue parking citations under the auspices of the California Vehicle Code. Individuals who receive parking citations and neglect to pay appropriate fines may not be able to register their vehicles. It is important that individuals who receive parking citations take appropriate action to either pay the fine or file an appeal through the SMC Police Office.

An unfortunate aspect of parking enforcement continues to be the adversarial attitude of some students and staff who receive parking citations. All complaints regarding parking enforcement should be directed to the SMC Police Headquarters for appropriate review and response through the appeals process.

Help and Further Information

A full set of parking guidelines attached to the parking permit is distributed to all students and employees. Students, employees and visitors can obtain further information at the SMC Police Office.

Campus maps are available at SMC Police Headquarters and the Parking Kiosk.

Parking Availability

The college provides parking stalls for students and employees. In addition, spaces designated as disabled, loading and visitor are provided throughout the campus; they are appropriately marked.

Enforcement Practices

The Santa Monica College Parking Procedures, the California Vehicle Code and the ordinances of the City of Santa Monica are in effect and enforced on the Santa Monica College campus at all times. Citations are issued according to the printed and/or posted regulations.

24-Hour Enforcement Zones

It is the policy of the department that all Red Zones, Fire Lanes/Hydrants, Disabled Parking, Loading Zones, and the reserved parking for the President, will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Disabled Parking Spaces

Spaces for handicapped drivers are available in all campus lots. Vehicles using these spaces must display a valid DMV placard or temporary permit. The minimum fine for illegally parking in a handicap space is $396.00.

Employee Parking

All employee parking stalls and zones are enforced 24 hours daily, seven days a week. Vehicles displaying staff parking permits are exempt from posted loading time restrictions.

Fire Lanes/Fire Hydrants

All roads and driveways within the Santa Monica Community College District which are fire lanes must be kept unobstructed and available to emergency response vehicles at all times. Access to fire hydrants must also be maintained at all times. Any vehicle presenting a hazard by obstructing a fire lane or a fire hydrant my be towed immediately.

Red Curbs

A vehicle may not park or stop at a red curb. Most red curbs indicate a fire lane or emergency vehicle access route.

Loading Zones

Loading zones are identified with a yellow curb or yellow crosshatch and the words "Loading Zone" painted on the pavement. Parking is permitted for 10 minutes to facilitate the immediate loading and unloading of material. Loading zones for passengers are identified with a green curb. If it is necessary for the vehicle to remain longer than 10 minutes, the vehicle should be moved to a student parking space. The driver MUST obtain a temporary one-day parking permit from the SMC Police Headquarters or Parking Kiosk before parking in the student parking space.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is prohibited unless previously authorized by SMC Police Headquarters. Only vehicles displaying overnight permits may park overnight. Camping or residing in a motor vehicle on college property is prohibited.

Parking for Motorcycles, Mopeds, Motorized Bicycles and Scooters

All motorcycles, mopeds, motorized bicycles and scooters must park in areas designated for motorcycles

Head-First Parking

All vehicles must be parked in parking spaces front-end first (Head-In ONLY). A citation is issued for failure to comply with this regulation.

Proper Stall Parking

All motor vehicles must be parked with ONE marked stall (within the marked lines).

Speed Limits

Campus speed limit is 10 miles per hour in all parking areas.

Motor Vehicle Access

Operating a motor vehicle on campus sidewalks, malls, lawns, or any surface not specifically designated as a campus road, street, or driveway is prohibited. Only authorized vehicles have service access to these areas.

Removing Posted Signs, or Other Markings or Warning Devices

The removal of any traffic directional or parking sign, fence, barricade, warning device, or other marker used to direct or control vehicle movement is prohibited. In the event of such activity, disciplinary action may be taken, including the filing of criminal charges and/or notification of the appropriate dean or vice president.

Parking Permit Refund Policy

Parking fees can only be refunded in full for the first three weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters and for the first two weeks of the Winter and Summer sessions. The permit and receipt must be presented at the Bursars Office. Refunds will not be made for lost or stolen permits.

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