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Parking Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the rules for parking an RV/trailer/camper on the street?

Recreational vehicles are allowed to be parked on the street 24 hours before and 24 hours after a trip. The 24 hours is for loading and unloading. Recreational vehicles may NOT be stored on any residential street beyond the allotted time.

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I have relatives visiting from out of state; can they stay in the RV in front of my home?

Yes, someone may “camp” in the R.V. for no more then 5 days. Providing there are NO electrical cords running from the R.V. and they do NOT drain any dirty water into the street/gutter.

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Who handles complaints or issues with handicapped parking spaces in business parking lots around town?

Handicapped parking spaces are governed by the State of California and citations are issued to vehicles not displaying the proper placard. As for any other complaints such as non-compliant spaces including missing signs or repainting the stall and access zone are handled by the City of Riverside Community Development Building and Safety Division and they can be reached at (951) 826-5697.

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My handicap placard fell out of the window and I was given a parking ticket. What do I do now?

You should contact the Department of Motor Vehicle right away to report your placard lost or stolen. As for the citation it will be either reduced to $23.00 with verification of your placard or it could be dismissed depending on the parking violation.

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Where can I park downtown and receive a validation from the City if I am doing business at City Hall?

Lot 34 located off of Tenth and Main Streets as well as other city owned parking structures, which offer the first 90 minutes free. Also, after 5:00pm and weekends parking is free in the downtown area. The Parking Guide has additional information for parking in the downtown area, and can be found on the city’s website riversideca.gov.

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There is a vehicle parked illegally (in a red zone, a permitted area with no permit, in a No Parking zone), can the city come out and cite the vehicle?

Yes, if the vehicle is parked illegally the vehicle could be cited. You can call (951) 826-5311 to report any parking violations.

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The parking meter is broken, do I have to pay? What do I do? Will I receive a parking citation if I park there anyway?

If a meter is broken it is suggested that you park elsewhere. If there is a note on the meter you should be okay to park there without being cited. You could receive a citation if the meter has not been reported as having a problem. To report a broken meter, contact Central Parking System at (951) 682-3167.

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I have lost my parking citation. How do I pay without my citation number?

If the citation was issued by the City of Riverside, we can look up your citation information with the license plate number, the VIN number, or the registered owner’s name. You can call us at (951) 826-5620.

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I received a parking citation and no longer own the vehicle, am I still responsible for the parking citation?

Yes, if you were the registered owner at the time the vehicle was cited, you are responsible. If you can provide proof of your release of liability that is filed with DMV, the citation will be removed and changed over to the new registered owner.

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There is a line of cars parked along the street with For Sale signs in the window, is that a violation?

Yes, it is a violation to post your vehicle for sale on the street. If the vehicle is parked where there is No Parking signs posted then they would also be in violation of the posted regulation. If the vehicle does not move within 24 hours and is left on the street the vehicle will be towed at the owners expense. Vehicles posted for sale should be reported to (951) 826-5311.

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Can commercial trucks park in residential streets? If not, where can they park?

It is unlawful to park a commercial vehicle in a residential area unless they are loading or unloading. Commercial vehicles can park only where signs are posted indicating commercial vehicle parking authorized. If you would like more information on where commercial vehicles can park, check the city’s website athttp://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/parking/ for a printable flyer. To report an illegally parked commercial vehicle contact (951) 826-5311.

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I am having a party at my house which requires a permit, is it okay for my guests to park in the street?

Yes, enforcement for the day or evening can be suspended. It is recommended that you inform the city of the event at (951) 826-5620 as well as your adjacent neighbors so they understand why there is no enforcement.

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My car broke down and I cannot move it, will I still receive a citation on street sweeping day?

If you are in the designated No Parking on Street Sweeping area, yes the vehicle is subject to a citation and should be moved as quickly as possible.

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There are always cars parked in the street on street sweeping day and I have never seen anyone issuing the vehicles citations. Will someone come out and give the vehicles a citation so I can get my street swept?

Yes, parking enforcement is scheduled for all street sweeping routes that are designated No Parking for street sweeping. However, the parking officer may be behind the sweeper a couple of blocks and will site any vehicles in violation.

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After the sweeper passes can I park on the street?

No, you could still receive a citation until the parking enforcement crew has passed.

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I’m handicapped, and have no where to park my vehicle on street sweeping day; can I stay parked in front of my home?

Yes, if the handicap placard is visible and properly displayed, a citation will not be issued.

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Why don’t the No Parking signs for Street Sweeping have No Parking Every Other Week since the street is only swept bi-weekly?

Streets are cleaned on a bi-weekly schedule however; if the city is to do any other maintenance on the street (tree trimming, etc) then it will be scheduled for that day. The City does not recommend you park on the street on your No Parking day, however parking services will not be enforcing on the non sweeping days. However, the Police Department or Code Enforcement may still enforce no parking.

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