Before You Feed That Meter, Here’s When L.A. Doesn’t Enforce Certain Parking Restrictions

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is one of 10 holidays when L.A.’s parking enforcement officers give it a rest

On the second Monday in October, the City of Los Angeles officially celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that’s replaced Columbus Day in a growing number of municipalities that don’t wish to glorify a figure known for launching centuries of genocide of native people. (Last year, L.A. even had its Christopher Columbus statue removed from its perch near Stanley Mosk Courthouse downtown.)

It’s one of ten holidays when parking regulations are not enforced by local authorities in Los Angeles, unless specifically posted and unless the regulations in question are state parking laws (parking in handicapped spaces, on red curbs, in front of fire hydrants, etc.), which the city doesn’t have the authority to waive. You can find a list of those state regulations here, but the city regulations that are waived on specified holidays are: time limits on parking spaces, parking meters, no parking with specified days and times only, no stopping with specified days and times only, preferential districts, and street sweeping parking limitations, since there’s no street sweeping on holidays.

Here are those ten glorious days:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Martin Luther King’s Birthday (observed)
  3. President’s Day (observed)
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Independence Day
  6. Labor Day
  7. Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  8. Veteran’s Day
  9. Thanksgiving Day
  10. Christmas Day

The LADOT website explains that “if one of the national holidays falls on a Saturday, it will be observed by the city on a Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, it will be observed by the city on a Monday. The changes in parking restrictions will occur on both the holiday and the observed holiday.”

Fun fact: Those same local regulations are waived on election days within a one block radius of every polling place. And there are a couple more days when Angelenos are free from the tyranny of street sweeping: Black Friday (aka the day after Thanksgiving) and Cesar Chavez Day (the last Monday in March).

Ten days of parking enforcement freedom out of 365 might not sound great, but several cities, including Portland, Oregon, still monitor parking meters on Indigenous Peoples Day (boo).

For more on how to park in L.A., check the LADOT’s website.

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