Police Issue Reminder on Parking Laws

El Cerrito police today issued a community notice reminding residents that it's illegal to park a vehicle on the street more than 72 hours straight and to park a trailer, RV or motor home on the street more than an hour from 2-6 a.m.

El Cerrito police today, Thursday, released a community notice about city laws on storing vehicles on streets.

The topic is "an issue which often causes confusion and frustration," the police department said.

The city's municipal code prohibits leaving a car parked on the street for more than 72 consecutive hours, police said.

It also bans parking a trailer, motor home, RV or similar vehicles on the street for more than an hour between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., except that 12 hours is permitted when emergency repairs need to be made.

Here is the complete announcement:

One of the missions of the ECPD Traffic Unit is public education to gain voluntary compliance with the law. 

This week's topic is to inform the public about an issue which often causes confusion and frustration; the storing of vehicles on the streets. 

The El Cerrito Municipal Code reads as follows: 

11.40.050 - Vehicle storage. 

A. No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street for more than seventy-two consecutive hours. 

B. In the event a vehicle is parked or left standing upon a street in excess of seventy-two consecutive hours, the police chief may remove the vehicle from the street in the manner specified in the Vehicle Code. 

C. No person shall camp, leave or park a trailer coach, motor home, utility trailer, boat trailer or trailer used in carrying personal goods, for a period exceeding one hour between the hours of two a.m. and six a.m. upon any public street or alley. This prohibition shall not apply where any of the above described vehicles is parked for the purpose of making bona fide emergency repairs which can be and are completed within no more than twelve consecutive hours. 

(Ord. 93-1 Divs. 1, 2 (part), 1993.) 

These ordinances only apply to the locations within the City of El Cerrito. The full text of all ordinances can be found on the City of El Cerrito's web page. www.el-cerrito.org 

Or visit the Traffic Unit's web page at 

For full details, view this message on the web.

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luis zavala September 14, 2012 at 06:00 AM
So, if you go in vacation with your family and leave your car in the street, your street, where you leave, in front of your home because you have your wife have parked inside the garage and have no space, and come back after 4 days, your car will be towed? That's B.S., we pay taxes, pay for the services in our city and in top of that we are going to have to park our car in a parking lot were we have to pay for storage?
Frank September 14, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Don't worry, their bark is louder than their bite. I live near BART and reported a car parked on our street for over 72 hours. (It did not belong to any of our neighbors.) The police came, marked the car and put a warning on it. After 10 days, the owner of the car came back and was only faced with a big orange warning paper on her windshield. No ticket, no towing. ECPD are too busy dealing with other issues than to enforce parking violations.
James Lee June 12, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Unfortunately, their bark is no longer louder than their bite. My girlfriend just paid about $1000 in police paperwork processing fees, towing and storage. She had left her car on the street of her family while on a trip, someone had reported it, the police came and marked and had it towed. She didn't know it had been towed until the paperwork was sent to her home address--a week later--enough time to accrue a $850 tow and storage charge.


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