The San Fransico 72 Hour Rule

The San Fransico 72 Hour Rule

📅June 13th, 2016, 03:45

Not everyone is aware of the 72 hour parking rule.

According to SFMTA’s new Streets of San Francisco Parking Guide which is part of the SFMTA’s effort to make it easier for locals and visitors to understand and follow the rules of on-street parking, as California Vehicle Code 22651(k) states, a vehicle is only allowed to park in the same spot on a public street for up to 72 hours. Vehicles parked beyond this time may be issued a warning, cited and/or towed, even if they have a residential parking permit for that area.

The purpose of the rule is to keep abandoned vehicles off the street. To avoid a ticket or being towed, a car must be moved to the next block, or one-tenth of a mile, within the required amount of time.

Enforcement of the 72-hour rule is driven by complaints, which notify parking control officers to inspect the vehicle and start a 72-hour clock to revisit the location. If an officer finds the same vehicle parked in the location 72 hours later, he or she will take the appropriate enforcement action.

Although the 72-hour rule may not be well-known, it’s not new or unique to San Francisco. The law is in effect across California, and similar laws can be found in states throughout the country.

For more on how to park legally in San Francisco, see our Parking Guide webpage and download the full Streets of San Francisco Parking Guide (PDF). The full text of local laws governing parking and traffic can be found in the San Francisco Transportation Code.