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Overnight Parking

Updated May 2, 2018

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 for one day to two weeks at a time. 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. Permits are not issued to commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles (excluding motor homes) or motorcycles.

The Community Safety Division requires the year, make, model and license plate number of the vehicle to print a temporary parking permit.

Residents can obtain a temporary parking permit by bringing in the required information to the Community Safety Office between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Temporary parking permits in excess of one day can be obtained by phone if the resident calls at least three days in advance, any day during the week, of the period requested. This will enable staff to mail the permit to the resident. One-day overnight parking permits are also available by calling the City's Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Residents may also obtain a one-day permit between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. or anytime on Sunday by calling the Cerritos Sheriff's Station at (562) 916-1266 (forwarded line) or (562) 860-0044. Overnight parking permits issued on Saturday are also valid for Sunday.

To access an on-line overnight parking permit, go to

Temporary Special Circumstance Parking Permits

A temporary 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. Temporary special circumstance parking permits are issued one time only and are valid for a 90-day period.

Residents seeking a temporary special circumstance parking permit must complete the temporary special circumstance parking permit application and then submit that form, along with documentation corroborating the special circumstance, to the Community Safety Services office. Staff will review the application and, if approved, issue a temporary 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 require 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 Temporary 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 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.
  2. Handicap placards or DP license plates do not preclude the requirement to obtain either an annual or temporary parking permit.  
  3. 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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