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A traffic sign or signal light is broken, missing, or illegible.
If you find that a traffic or other street sign is broken, missing or illegible, report it to the Public Works Department at 650-738-3760. If a traffic light is malfunctioning, call the Police Department non-emergency line at (650) 738-7314 to report the problem. 

Can I park in the lot behind the Community Center if I am going to the beach?
No.  The Community Center lot located behind the Center is for Community Center and Skatepark parking ONLY.

540 Crespi Drive
Pacifica
CA 94044

Pacifica Community Center

Can I pay my parking ticket online?
At this time, parking ticket payment cannot be made online.

Parking tickets may be paid by mailing payment to:

Office of Parking Violations
City of Pacifica
P.O. Box 9003
Redwood City, CA 94065-9003 

Can I use an annual California State Parks Pass?

No.  Pacifica State Beach is operated by the City of Pacifica, not the State of California.  Revenue from the City’s parking program goes towards maintenance and operation of the beach.



Do I need to get a parking receipt if I am only going to be parked for a few minutes?
There are marked 30-minute stalls where you may park for free.  For these spots, you are required to get a parking receipt to display; however, you are not charged for it.

Does it cost more to park larger vehicles such as R.V.'s or buses?
No, the cost is the same, however larger vehicles must park in the south parking lot where there are designated spaces for larger vehicles.

How do I get corrected registration and/or vehicle equipment signed off?
The Pacifica Police Department provides free inspections for violations relating to registration and defective vehicle equipment. Please bring the original citation and your vehicle to the police station at 2075 Coast Highway and come to the front service counter for assistance between 8:30am-5:00pm on weekdays and up until 7:30pm on Wednesdays.

San Mateo county agencies, including the Pacifica Police Department, are not able to sign off tickets for any proof of insurance violations. You must bring your proof of insurance and your citation to the Northern Branch Traffic Court at 1050 Mission Road in South San Francisco for sign-off.

How much is the fine for my parking violation?
Fines vary according to the violation.  The fine amount should be indicated on the citation.

I have a question about a parking ticket.
Parking tickets may be paid by mailing payment to:

Office of Parking Violations
City of Pacifica
P.O. Box 9003
Redwood City, CA 94065-9003

If you have further questions about your parking ticket, call the main police department business line at (650) 738-7314. Please have your parking citation information ready when you call.



I received a parking ticket while at one of the beach parking lots. Can I pay my ticket at the police department?
No.  Ticket fines can be mailed to:

Office of Parking Violations
City of Pacifica
P.O. Box 9003
Redwood City, California 94063-9003

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may be paid online at:
www.pticket.com


Pay your parking ticket online.

I want to fight a parking ticket.
If you wish to contest a parking ticket, you may send a letter explaining your case and the citation to the below address. Your citation will be returned to the police department for an administrative review. Once the process is complete, you will be notified in writing of the outcome.

Office of Parking Violations
City of Pacifica
P.O. Box 9003
Redwood City, CA 94065-9003

I want to fight a traffic ticket
If you have received a traffic violation and you need additional information, call the Southern Branch Traffic Court at (650) 363-4300. If you are a juvenile with a traffic violation, call the Juvenile Traffic Court at (650) 312-8887.

I want to report an abandoned vehicle.
An abandoned vehicle is one that has been left on a city street for more than 72 hours without moving more than 1/10 of a mile or is otherwise inoperable.

To report an abandoned vehicle, please call the Abandoned Vehicle line (650-829-3939) and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • address where the vehicle is parked
  • color of vehicle
  • make/model of vehicle (if known)
  • license plate number (if known)

Abandoned vehicles are then reported to the department. The officer will then mark the reported vehicle. After 72 hours has expired, the vehicle will be tagged with a warning notice, telling the owner to move the vehicle within 72 hours. Should the expiration fall on a weekend or holiday, the vehicle will be checked the next business day. If the vehicle is still not moved and the officer determines the vehicle is abandoned, it will then be towed and/or cited.

If the vehicle is moved and parked again, the process starts over.



I have a question about a traffic ticket.
If you have received a traffic violation and you need additional information, call the Southern Branch Traffic Court at (650) 363-4300. If you are a juvenile with a traffic violation, call the Juvenile Traffic Court at (650) 312-8887.

If I have a disabled person placard or plates can I park for free in the paid parking lots?
No.  DP placards do not apply to metered off-street parking.  You may park in the parking spaces with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol), or any of the other marked spaces; however, you will still need to purchase a daily permit or annual pass and display it in your window.

My car has vanished.
If you determine that your vehicle is missing (not parked in a different location than usual or borrowed by a friend or family member), call the Police Department non-emergency line at (650) 738-7314.

Be prepared with a detailed description of your vehicle (location last seen, possible date/timeframe of disappearance, possibly related suspicious activity, drivers license information, vehicle info: make, model, color, license, VIN, registration, distinguishing marks). 

They will check to see if your vehicle has been towed (and provide you with information on how to get your vehicle back from the tow company). If it appears that your vehicle has been stolen, dispatch will enter your information into a missing vehicle database and will send an officer to you to begin investigation of the theft. 

My car was vandalized.
If your vehicle or other property has been vandalized, call the police department to make a report. Call the Police Department non-emergency line at (650) 738-7314 and be prepared to provide as much information as possible (location, approximate date/timeframe you believe the vandalism occured, suspicous activity possibly related to the incident).

Reporting vandalism, however small, can help police investigators piece together related incidents and better help them to stop ongoing property damage. 

It's also a good idea to take photos of your vandalized vehicle/property and the immediate surroundings to document the incident before disturbing the scene, cleaning up or making repairs.

What are the city restrictions on operating oversize vehicles?
According to Sec. 4-7.1403 of the Pacifica Municipal Code, "It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, or permit to be operated, any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or more on Coast Lane from State Highway Route 1 to Fassler Avenue, on Fassle Avenue from Coast Lane to Crespi Drive, or upon Sharp Park Road from College Drive to Lundy Way. (§ 172, Ord. 125, as added by §§ 1 and 2, Ord. 231, as amended by § 4, Urgency Ord. 453-85, eff. September 23, 1985)"

And according to Sec. 4-7.1601 of the Pacifica Municipal Code, "In accordance with the provisions of Section 4-7.1402 of Article 14 of this chapter, the following streets, or portions thereof, are hereby declared to be truck traffic routes for the movement of vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or more:
(a) Skyline Boulevard; and
(b) State Highway Route 1
(§ 193, Ord. 125, as amended by § I, Ord. 92-C.S., eff. December 12, 1973, as renumbered by § II, Ord. 359-C.S., eff. January 12, 1983, as amended by § 6, Urgency Ord. 453-85, eff. September 23, 1985)"

Where are the rules about parking in the city?
According to Sec. 5-2.01 of the Pacifica Municipa Code, "the parking of a vehicle on a highway, including a street, road, or alley within the City, for a period exceeding seventy-two (72) hours can adversely impact the normal flow of traffic and lead to potential vandalism of the vehicle. Therefore, such parked vehicles are prohibited by this chapter, and their abatement is provided for." (§ 1, Ord. 428-C.S., eff. November 7, 1984)

And according to Sec. 5-1.01 of the Pacifica Municipal Code, "The accumulation and storage of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or parts thereof, on private or public property, including highways, is hereby found to create a condition tending to reduce the value of private property, to promote blight and deterioration, to invite plundering, to create fire hazards, to constitute an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors, to create a harborage for rodents and insects, and to be injurious to the health, safety, and general welfare. Therefore, the presence of an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicle, or parts thereof, on private or public property, including highways, is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance which may be abated as such in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. It is the intent of this chapter to afford all interested persons a hearing prior to the determination that such a nuisance exists and prior to taking action to abate such nuisance." (§ 1, Ord. 426-C.S., eff. November 7, 1984, as amended by § 2, Ord. 600-C.S., eff. January 25, 1993)

In addition, cars shall not park in marked areas reserved for emergency vehicles or otherwise designated as a no-parking zone.

Also, Sec. 9-4.2809 of the Pacifica Municipal Codes states regarding parking vehicles and construction equipment:

"(a) In any residential district it shall be unlawful to park, store, or cause to be maintained on any street, lot, plot, or parcel of land so zoned any commercial vehicle or special construction equipment, as defined in the Vehicle Code of the State, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more.
(b) No person shall park any motor vehicle, automobile, house car, bus camper shell, trailer coach, trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, tractor, motorcycle, or boat on a vacant lot or parcel, unless such use is authorized by a use permit, as set forth in Article 33 of this chapter, and such lot or parcel used for such purpose is surfaced and maintained in accordance with the requirements of such use permit. The Planning Administrator may permit the temporary use, not to exceed sixty (60) days, of any unimproved lot or parcel for the parking of vehicles in connection with a special event provided the site is posted to the specifications of the City at least seven (7) calendar days prior to Planning Administrator approval.
(c) The temporary use of vacant lots or parcels for the parking of house cars or trailer coaches as construction offices, for the storage of equipment or materials, for twenty-four (24) hour security purposes, or as temporary commercial offices during the construction of permanent facilities may be permitted by the Planning Administrator provided the parking is in conjunction with construction on the same lot or building site and meets the following conditions:
(1) Building plans for new construction shall be submitted and a building permit issued before the placement or occupancy of the motor home or trailer coach.
(2) The occupancy shall not exceed twelve (12) months after the issuance of a building permit, unless otherwise extended by the Commission.
(3) The temporary use of house cars or trailer coaches during the construction of individual single-family dwellings may only be permitted as described in this subsection if the project is constructed by an owner/builder.
(d) The Planning Administrator may permit the temporary use, not to exceed six (6) months, of any unimproved lot or parcel for the parking of construction vehicles and equipment in connection with off-site construction activity provided the site is posted to the specifications of the City at least seven (7) calendar days prior to Planning Administrator approval.
(e) No person shall park, stand, or store any motor vehicle, automobile, house car, bus, camper, camper shell, trailer coach, trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, tractor, motorcycle, or boat upon private property in any commercial district, unless such vehicle is parked, stored, or standing in conjunction with a business located on the property and with the permission of the property owner.
(f) No lot or parcel, or portion thereof, in a commercial district designated and surfaced for off-street parking shall be used for the parking or storage of motor vehicles, automobiles, house cars, buses, campers, camper shells, trailer coaches, trailers, semitrailers, trucks, truck tractors, tractors, motorcycles, or boats, unless such vehicles are parked or stored in conjunction with a business located on the property and with the permission of the property owner.
(g) No person shall park a motor vehicle, automobile, house car, bus, camper, camper shell, trailer coach, trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, tractor, motorcycle, or boat upon private property in any commercial district for the principal purpose of displaying such vehicle for sale, unless the business located on the property is authorized for vehicle sales. (§ 2, Ord. 497-C.S., eff. February 10, 1988)"

Where can I contest my citation?
If you wish to contest a parking ticket, you may send your letter and the citation to:
 
The Office of Parking Violations
City of Pacifica
P.O. Box 9003
Redwood City, California 94063-9003.

Your citation will be returned to the department for an administrative review.  Once the process is complete, you will be notified in writing of the outcome.  The police department does not accept payment for citations.


Where can I get help with my car registration?
Please contact the California State Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) for information regarding your vehicle's registration by visiting their website at www.dmv.ca.gov or visiting the closest location.

The closest DMV location to Pacifica is on 1500 Sullivan Street in Daly City (800-777-0133). Office hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: the third Saturday of each month from 8:00am-noon

Where can I renew my driving license?
Please contact the California State Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) for information on renewing your driver's license by visiting their website at www.dmv.ca.gov or visiting the closest location.

The closest DMV location to Pacifica is on 1500 Sullivan Street in Daly City (800-777-0133). Office hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: the third Saturday of each month from 8:00am-noon

1500 Sullivan Street
Daly City
CA

Phone: 800-777-0133

Department of Motor Vehicles - Daly City Office
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