Parking Enforcement

Obtaining a Preferential Parking Permit (Overnight Parking Permit)

The city prohibits overnight parking on certain designated streets during posted hours. The designation, termination, or amending of a Preferential Parking District is administered by the Department of Public Works Engineering Division (8550 California Avenue). Petitions for a Preferential Parking District are received by the Traffic Engineer.

Petition Form(PDF, 48KB)

For questions regarding designating, terminating, or amending PPD, please contact:

Jose Loera

City Traffic Engineer


Applications for overnight parking permits may be obtained from the Police Department (8620 California Avenue). The following documentation is required when filing the completed application.

Preferential Parking Permit Application(PDF, 84KB)

  • A valid California driver's license or California identification card. The street address on either card must be same as the address for the preferential permit district.
  • Proof of current DMV Vehicle Registration.
  • The applicant must have paid all outstanding parking citations, including any civil penalties or related fees.

Permits may be renewed annually on January 1st by filing a renewal application with the Police Department and paying the renewal fee.

Each parcel may be allowed up to two parking permits. Permits will be issued to current registered and operable vehicles only. The permit is valid for 2 years and costs $70. 

A 1-Day Guest Parking Permit can be purchased for $15 per Day.

A 7-Day Guest Parking Permit can be purchased every six months for $35.

Preferential Parking Districts Special Event Permits may be issued under the Traffic Sergeant’s discretion. The first set of permits are free, the subsequent cost is $70 per occurrence. 

Note: The sale or transfer of a permit shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $100, and any misuse of any permit is grounds for revocation of the permit. The violation of parking without a valid permit is $75.

For questions regarding obtaining permits or visitor passes, renewing permits, or parking enforcement, please contact:

Yvonne Rosales

Police Records Specialist


Current Preferential Parking Districts

The following is a list of streets that are considered Preferential Parking Districts and require a parking permit.

Map of Preferential Districts(PDF, 423KB)

  • Cypress Avenue Preferential Parking District
    District Limits: Between Firestone Boulevard and Southern Avenue
    Everyday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Calden Avenue Preferential Parking District
    District Limits: East side of Calden Avenue between Firestone Boulevard and Southern Avenue
    Monday - Thursday 4-10 p.m.
  • Beaudine Avenue Preferential Parking District
    District Limits: From 8813 to 8825 Beaudine Avenue, and from 8818 to 8836 Beaudine Avenue
    Monday - Thursday 4-10 p.m.
  • Hildreth Avenue Overnight Permit Parking District
    District Limits: Any available parking space in South Gate Park parking lots immediately adjacent to Hildreth Avenue between Southern Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard
  • Glenwood Place Preferential Parking District District Limits: Between Calden Avenue and Santa Fe Avenue
    Monday - Thursday 4-10 p.m.
  • Bowman Avenue Preferential Parking District
    District Limits: Between alley South of Firestone Boulevard and Southern Avenue
    Everyday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Benson Way Preferential Parking District
    District Limits: The entire street
    Everyday 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • San Jose Avenue Preferential Parking
    District Limits: The entire street
    Everyday 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.


Parking Citations

Payment of Parking Citations in Person

Payment of a parking citation in person will be accepted at the South Gate Police Department (8620 California Avenue). The payment must be made by check or money order, along with the violation notice. Cash payments and/or payments without the violation notice will not be accepted. To ensure your payment is received and properly posted to your citation you must write the citation number on the check or money order.

Payments by Mail

To pay a parking citation by mail, send the check and violation in the envelope provided to:

City of South Gate
Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 10479
Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479

Questions Regarding Parking Citations

All questions regarding parking citations must be directed to the Citation Processing Center at 800-989-2058, or go to the citation processing center's website.

Indigent Payment Assistance

For parking citations issued in California, CVC 40220 allows for installment payments to qualifying low-income individuals who apply within 120 days from the issuance of a notice of parking violation, or within 10 days after an administrative hearing determination, whichever is later. For more information about applying/determining if you qualify, please call (800) 989-2058 or click "Alt Payment Options" on the Citation Processing Center's website.

To Contest a Citation

To contest a parking citation:

Income Tax Offset Notices

State law allows agencies to recover unpaid parking debts by placing a lien against your vehicle registration. Before the Department of Motor Vehicles will re-issue your registration, you will have to pay any outstanding tickets. You may pay these at the DMV when you register your vehicle. If you fail to register your vehicle, or wait past the due date, a lien will be placed against your State Income Tax return. Any unpaid fines will be deducted from your next return.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Does the street sweeper and parking enforcement work on holidays?

There will not be any street sweeping enforcement on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • President's Day
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous People's Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

All other parking regulations will be enforced.

Can I park on my front lawn?

No, parking on the front lawn of your residence is against the South Gate Municipal Code.

Can I block my own driveway?

No, the vehicle code does not make exemptions for your own driveway.

Can my neighbor reserve street parking by parking in such a way to take up two spaces with one vehicle?

Although this is not considerate, there is no violation of the vehicle code.

I paid for my registration renewal but did not complete the required smog test, is it legal for me to operate or park my vehicle on public streets?

The registration process is not complete until all steps are completed. If a smog check is required, the registration process is not complete until the smog check is completed. . If your current registration is expired then you could be cited on public streets.