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Parking Citation Penalties

Several unpaid citations can lead to:

  • Five unpaid, delinquent citations — Parking enforcement officers immobilize (boot) your vehicle. You must pay all delinquent parking citations  and a $150 boot removal fee within 24 hours to avoid towing. If penalties remain unpaid after 24 hours, a local towing company will tow the vehicle off UC San Diego property.
  • Five citations at the DMV — Any San Diego or UC police officer can tow the vehicle without warning.
  • To reclaim your towed vehicle, you must pay towing costs, daily vehicle storage fees and all parking penalties.

Penalty Amounts

Violation Penalty After 21 days With DMV hold
after 45 days
No permit $65 $130 $150
Permit improperly displayed $45 $45 $110
Invalid permit $65 $130 $150
Fire hydrant/ fire lane $80 $160 $180
Red curb $80 $160 $180
Expired meter $60 $120 $140
Timed zone violation $65 $130 $150
Violation of posted signs $65 $130 $150
Undesignated area $65 $130 $150
Reserved space/ area $80 $160 $180
Use of lost/ stolen permit $320 $640 $660
Use of counterfeit/ altered permit $320 $640 $660
Red zone — city streets only $80 $160 $180
More than 1 vehicle in space $64 $128 $148
Camping in vehicle $53 $106 $126
Commercial zone — city streets $65 $130 $150
Park outside designated space $65 $130 $150
Disabled zone $450 $900 $920
Disabled placard misuse $450 $900 $920
Boot fee* $150 N/A N/A

Questions?

Contact Citations & Enforcement.