For more information visit the Parking Citation page or call (800) 989-2058. Questions concerning how to pay a ticket, dispute a ticket, and the cost of a parking ticket may be addressed at this number.
You may request an Administrative Review document on the Parking Citation page or by contacting the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7224. If you reach an answering machine; please leave your name, address, phone number, date, and citation number. You will receive an administrative review form by mail.
Please Note: Payment or an Administrative Review request is required within 21 days or further penalties will be assessed. Vehicle registration will be withheld if payment or a review request has not been made. Unpaid violations may result in impoundment and/or booting of the vehicle.
Vehicles - Abandoned and Inoperative
The Abandoned Vehicle Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316. The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem. For more information about Abandoned Vehicles visit the Salinas Police Department.
Salinas City Municipal Code §20-49 (a&b) prohibits any vehicle from being parked upon any street or alley for more than 72 hours (3 days) at a time. In the event that a vehicle is parked in excess of this time period, the Police Department is authorized to issue a citation and/or remove such vehicle from the street.
When you report an abandoned vehicle to the Salinas Police Department, our personnel will respond and mark the vehicle as soon as possible. After 72 consecutive hours, the vehicle will be checked again. If the vehicle has not been moved, it will be removed as soon as possible.
Any vehicle parked on a City street or on public property must be currently registered and in working condition.
California Vehicle Code section 22669(d), prohibits any vehicle from being parked on the street or other public property with a major component missing. Major components include the engine, radiator, wheel(s), tire(s), window(s), door(s), etc. These vehicles will be towed as soon as possible.
Salinas City Municipal Code prohibits inoperable vehicles from being parked or stored on private property. A vehicle is considered inoperable if it is missing any major component, partially dismantled, or even if it is not registered. Such vehicles can be stored in a driveway or yard for 24 hours only. Inoperable vehicles may be stored indefinitely inside a garage however. To report violations, please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157.
Vehicles - Recreational
Recreational vehicles hooked-up to utility services and/or used for living and sleeping purposes in a residential district is prohibited. Not only is it a health hazard since sewer and water is not being properly disposed of; it is also a major safety concern. Temporary electrical hook-ups and recreational vehicles abutting fences and dwellings can cause access to and from the vehicle difficult in an emergency. To report a violation, please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157 and the Monterey County Health Department at (831) 755-4508.
Parking regulations are designed to maintain and promote safety on our public streets. Parking vehicles on a paved surface helps prevent fluids and oil from seeping into the ground and contaminating the ground water. Parking regulations also improve the look of the neighborhood and the value of your property by preventing accumulations of abandoned or inoperable vehicles.
It is unlawful to park any trailer, boat, vehicle, mobile home, or motor home on any public street in a residential area for more than 72 consecutive hours. Please contact the Police Department's Vehicle Abatement Officer at (831) 758-7316 for enforcement.
Motor vehicles must be parked on a paved driveway, have current registration, and be maintained in operation condition on residential properties. Please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157 for enforcement.
Parking any vehicle so as to obstruct the sidewalk is unlawful. Please call the Police Department’s Vehicle Abatement Officer at (831) 758-7316.
The registered owner of a vehicle may perform routine minor maintenance to his/her vehicle(s), or to a vehicle(s) belonging to immediate household members in public view at his/her residence. No routine maintenance shall be performed in the public right-of-way (sidewalks/streets). Routine maintenance includes: changing the oil or tires, replacement of water pump, alternator, brakes, shocks, oil, air filters, spark plugs, and similar work. Major repairs include: pulling engine blocks, repair or replacement of transmissions or front and rear axles, major body repair, dismantling, and similar work are not permitted in any residential district.
For complaints about vehicle repair, please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157. Disposal of mechanical fluids such as motor oil or transmission fluid, as well as any other hazardous material into City gutters, sewers, and drains is prohibited. To report violations please call Monterey County Environmental Health at (831) 755-4541.
Any vehicle not in current running or operating condition, not currently registered to operate on a public streets, or any dismantled vehicle(s) or part(s) thereof is/are not permitted or allowed to be parked or stored in a residential district. On private property, an inoperable, or junk vehicle, may only be parked within a garage or carport. Otherwise, the vehicle is in violation of the Salinas City Municipal Code. Inoperable vehicles left on the public street are subject to tow. To report violations on private property, please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157. To report violations on a public streets or public property, please contact the Police Department's Vehicle Abatement Officer at (831) 758-7316.
Trailers, boats, campers, trailer coaches, etc. may not be stored in front yards or on driveways. However, driveway parking is allowed for a 48-hour period, for loading and unloading purposed only. Recreational vehicles may be parked in the rear or side yards provided it is behind a six (6) foot high solid wall or fence. For more information, or to report violations, please contact Code Enforcement at (831) 758-7157.