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Overnight Parking

Updated December 23, 2019

Overnight parking permits allow residents to park on Cerritos streets from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Street parking without a permit is prohibited in Cerritos between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., seven days a week, to help keep streets clear and to allow neighbors and Sheriff's deputies to quickly identify suspicious vehicles. For information about applying for a permit, call the City's Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266 or see below.

Temporary Parking Permits

Temporary parking permits are issued to passenger vehicles. These permits are issued when you have a visitor, if your home is under construction or remodeling or if the need arises due to an emergency. Cerritos residents are allowed 30 days of temporary parking permits in a calendar year per household. A two-day weekend permit is counted as one day. Overnight parking permits issued on Saturday are also valid for Sunday. Permits are not issued to commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles (excluding motor homes) or motorcycles.

To access an on-line overnight parking permit, go to https://cerritos.citationinfo.com/Permits/

Special Circumstance Parking Permits

A special circumstance parking permit is available to residents who do not meet the qualifications for an annual parking permit and require additional street parking due to a short- term special circumstance. Special circumstance parking permits are issued one time only and are valid for a 90-day period.

Residents seeking a special circumstance parking permit apply for a special circumstance parking permit application and then submit that form, along with documentation corroborating the special circumstance on the parking permit program at https://cerritos.citationinfo.com/Permits/

Staff will review the application and, if approved, issue a special circumstance parking permit.

Situations that qualify for a temporary special circumstance parking permit include:

  • Temporary visitor staying for a period more than 14 days and less than 90 days.
  • Extended construction projects at the residence that requires vehicles to be parked in the street.
  • Temporary medical accommodations.
  • Resident healthcare provider.
  • New resident(s) moving into the City or awaiting updated DMV records.
  • Student(s) on a scheduled break and temporarily living at home.
  • Situations that temporarily require an extra vehicle at the residence (i.e.: rotating vanpool, civil disputes, temporary use of a company or rental vehicle, matters involving probate, or persons on military deployment).

Other reasons may also necessitate the issuance of a Special Circumstance Parking Permit.

Community Safety Services staff will review the merits of each application and render a decision that considers the requirements of the resident and community at large.

Annual Parking Permits

The annual parking permit is for those residences that have more passenger vehicles than their driveways and garages can fit. The qualifications for an annual parking permit are as follows:

One annual parking permit can be issued when a single-family home has four (4) registered vehicles, or a condominium has three (3) registered vehicles. Residences with a three-car garage must have at least five (5) registered vehicles to qualify for one annual parking permit. If a vehicle registration lists the owner as someone other than the principal owner of the home, the address of the vehicle registration must be verified against the address on the vehicle owner's driver's license.

The requirements for additional annual parking permits are as follows:

Households are eligible for multiple annual parking permits. A second permit is granted when a single-family home has six (6) registered vehicles and five (5) licensed drivers. For a condominium, the requirement is four (4) registered vehicles and three (3) licensed drivers. Homes with a three-car garage must have seven (7) registered vehicles and six (6) licensed drivers to obtain a second annual permit.

Annual parking permits can be awarded at any time during the year to those eligible, but expire on December 31 of each year. Renewal is not automatic and permit holders must reapply for their issuance during the regular renewal period. Households must meet the eligibility requirement and submit appropriate documentation on the parking permit program at https://cerritos.citationinfo.com/Permits/. Documentation includes copies of vehicle registration and driver's license information. Vehicles must be registered to the Cerritos address (except for company vehicles). Also, driver's licenses will be checked to verify a vehicle's registered owner also resides at the Cerritos address. Registered vehicles must be parked at the residence on a regular basis.

Please note that annual parking permits are not issued to motor homes, recreational vehicles or any commercial vehicles. This would include, but not be limited to, vehicles with signs, logos, racks or ladders.

In addition, the City has migrated to a placard-style parking permit instead of an external sticker. The new parking permit placard is transferrable to any vehicle listed on your annual parking application.

The annual parking permit is for those residences that have more passenger vehicles than their driveways and garages can fit. The qualifications for a annual parking permit are as follows:

One annual parking permit can be issued when a single-family home has four (4) registered vehicles, or a condominium has three (3) registered vehicles. Residences with a three-car garage must have at least five (5) registered vehicles to qualify for one annual parking permit. If a vehicle registration lists the owner as someone other than the principal owner of the home, the address of the vehicle registration must be verified against the address on the vehicle owner's driver's license.

The requirements for additional annual parking permits are as follows:

Households are eligible for multiple annual parking permits. A second permit is granted when a single-family home has six (6) registered vehicles and five (5) licensed drivers. For a condominium, the requirement is four (4) registered vehicles and three (3) licensed drivers. Homes with a three-car garage must have seven (7) registered vehicles and six (6) licensed drivers to obtain a second annual permit.

Annual parking permits can be awarded at any time during the year to those eligible, but expire on December 31 of each year. Renewal is not automatic and permit holders must reapply for their issuance during the regular renewal period. Households must meet the eligibility requirement and submit appropriate documentation to the Community Safety Office. Documentation includes copies of vehicle registration and driver's license information. Vehicles must be registered to the Cerritos address (except for company vehicles). Also, driver's licenses will be checked to verify a vehicle's registered owner also resides at the Cerritos address. Registered vehicles must be parked at the residence on a regular basis.

Please note that annual parking permits are not issued to motor homes, recreational vehicles or any commercial vehicles. This would include, but not be limited to, vehicles with signs, logos, racks or ladders.

General Procedures

In order to ensure equitable application of the overnight parking ordinances, the following general procedures have been established.

  1. All permitted vehicles must be parked in front of the resident's home.
  1. Handicap placards or DP license plates do not preclude the requirement to obtain either an annual or temporary parking permit.  
  2. False information on a parking permit application will result in immediate revocation of a parking permit.

Contact Information

The Community Safety Division's office hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. You may contact the Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266 if you have any questions.

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