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Tips to Avoid Getting a Ticket

The City of St. Augustine strives to provide safe parking opportunities through the enforcement of various parking ordinances and statutes.  These ordinances and statutes range from expired meters to overtime parking, commercial delivery zones, improper parking, yellow curbs, prohibited parking, and disabled parking.  Review the following tips to help in avoiding a parking ticket:

Always look at parking signs, even in metered areas, as rules and restrictions vary by locations.

Pay-Station/Metered Parking:

  • Find a parking space before you ‘feed’ the pay-station/meter. Look around you for a central pay-station and ensure that it is a city meter, with the City Crest on it.
  • Some areas do not have individual meters at each space. For your convenience we have placed multi-space pay stations in our busier areas that accept Visa and MasterCard.
  • If a pay-station has malfunctioned use another one.  This does not apply to meters.
  • Motorcyclists remember to detach your portion of the receipt as proof-of-payment.  The ‘Display this side up on dashboard’ portion can get placed on your windshield, on a saddlebag or in the most visible location on your motorcycle.

“Upside-down Receipt” Citations
It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the receipt is displayed properly when leaving the vehicle. If a receipt is not face-up with the expiration time showing a citation will be issued.

Yellow Curb:
Yellow curbing is a traffic control device to remove parking in areas.  No part of your vehicle can be parked next to or on a yellow curb.  For specific rules on parking in the state of Florida, you can access the Official Florida Driver’s Handbook (p. 36 in the 2015 guide).

Commercial Delivery:
Check the signage for enforcement hours.  If the signage says 7-days-a-week this location is enforced 24-hours-a-day, 7- days-a-week.

Improper Parking:

  • “Facing the Wrong Direction” - On a two-way roadway you must always park on the right-side of the roadway with the flow of traffic.  The City of St. Augustine has many one-way streets.  Please be aware of one-way street signage.
  • No part of your vehicle can be parked on the sidewalk. 
  • Make sure your vehicle is parked completely inside a parking space.  No part of your vehicle can be on or outside of the lines.

Prohibited Parking:

  • Resident Parking: Several streets limit parking to residents only.  A “Resident Parking” sign means that you must have a residential permit to park there.
  • Handicap parking: the white lines that accompany a disabled parking space are for wheel chair accessibility.  Parking on these lines will result in a ticket.

Handicapped Parking:
Parking with a handicapped placard or handicapped license plate is free at any city-owned meter or pay-station (see "Pay Station/Metered Parking" above) and at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility.  **When entering the Historic Downtown Parking Facility the person who owns the placard must be with you.

Other Things to Consider:

  • Do not ignore your parking tickets or the mailed invoices.
  • Make sure to update your license plate registration with your local Department of Motor Vehicles each time you move. Updating your address on your driver’s license does not necessarily mean that your address will be updated on your license plate registration.
For more information, call Customer Service at 904.825.1034 or send an email.