If you’re moving from Europe or outside California, you’re going to thank us later for this lovely post. If you are moving from somewhere in CA to Beverly Hills, there is still a very high possibility that you will adore us for this cheat sheet. If you’ve ever been to Los Angeles and its surrounding area by car, you’ve probably experienced the mystery of ‘rainbow parking zones’ in the city and their numerous rules. So, today, we will try to explain the seemingly calculus-like, yet completely simple, science of LA parking to you, along with a few other tips which you might find useful when moving to Beverly Hills. So, let us begin with a small explanation.
In the city of Beverly Hills and its surrounding area, parking zones are separated into colors. There is Yellow, Green, White, Blue and Red. The colors are either painted on the curb for the length of the area, or they are noted on the sign posts next to the area. Besides rainbow parking, there are also ‘No Stopping’ and ‘No Parking’ zones, which are self-explanatory.
So, by the science of rainbow parking, can I park in the Yellow zone in Beverly Hills?
The answer which you have been awaiting is: Yes, you may park in the Yellow zone, but…
Yellow parking zones are called Loading Zones. They are usually used for loading and unloading during the hours of enforcement, in other words, from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. This means that during those hours, you are free to park for 5 minutes in these zones as a passenger vehicle or for 30 minutes if you are driving a commercial vehicle. But, here is a tip about the science of these, after 6pm each day, you are free to park in these zones for as long as you wish. So, when you are going for drinks with your friends, or to dinner in Beverly Hills, be sure to snatch a good spot in the Yellow parking zone.
Green zone means go, even in the science of rainbow parking in Beverly Hills, right?
And here is the solution for this mystery: You can park there, but…
Green parking zones are called Short-term Zones. And, the science of parking there is to respect the time. There will usually be a sign near the green area, showing the number of hours which you are free to park in that zone and the days when this time is enforced. Be careful, as sometimes the information will be written on the curb, rather than the sign. Typically, it will be between 15 and 30 minutes. If there are no enforcement days specified, assume that the Short-term Zone is enforced Monday through Saturday from 7am to 6pm. Again, after these hours, you are free to park for as long as you want, if there are no signs saying otherwise.
What does White mean, though? Can I park there by the science of parking in Beverly Hills?
As our science dictates: You may park there, but…
White parking zones are called Shorter-term parking zones. And our science of rainbow parking in Beverly Hills tells us that you may park in this area, but only for 5 minutes and only if there is someone left with the vehicle. The science of this parking area if pretty simple, as this 5 minute rule is followed at all hours every day.
What about Blue zones? Should I park there?
By the science of rainbow parking, our answer is: You can park there, but…
Blue zones are known as Disabled parking zones. In other words, you can park in these zones only if you are an owner of a disabled parking permit, or if you are driving a person who owns said permit. Furthermore, if you are an owner of this permit, you are exempt from parking district permit requirements, time limits in Yellow, Green and White zones and meters, in other words, you don’t have to pay to park. However, you are not exempt from parking rules for red, white, and yellow curbs, ‘No stopping’ zones, ‘No parking’ zones or Street sweeping.
And there’s Red zones, too? Can I park there?
As the science of rainbow parking says: you may not!
Red zones are Bus zones or ‘No parking’ zones and you may not park there under any circumstances. They are placed along bus stops or at the areas of narrow streets, where parking would stop traffic flow.
Are there any exemptions from these rainbow parking rules?
Our science says: Yes!
During the following holidays, most parking restrictions aren’t enforced:
- New Year’s Day
- President’s Day
- Martin Luther King’s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Cesar Chavez Day (Mar 31) – only street sweeping not enforced;
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving – only street sweeping not enforced;
- Christmas Day
And we would like to mention here, that during election voting days, the following rules are not enforced in the one block radius of polling places:
- Time limits
- No parking/no stopping on specified days and times (rush hour rules)
- Parking district permit required
- Parking meters
- Street sweeping
Some other tips and tricks regarding the science of parking in Beverly Hills
In the city of Beverly Hills, you may not park:
- in one spot for more than 72 hours at a time (3 days)
- in a parking zone overnight unless you have a permit (between the hours of 2:30am to 5am)
- in an alley
- on a sidewalk
- within 15 feet of a fire station driveway or fire hydrant
- on a bridge (unless specifically allowed)
- in your front yard (but you may park in your driveway)
The science of rainbow parking in Beverly Hills gives you some useful information about the mysterious thing called Street sweeping:
- it will be scheduled for specific parking zones and noted on the posts
- you may not park in any zone if it is scheduled for sweeping
- if you are parked in the zone during its scheduled cleaning time, you will be either fined or towed
We hope that this post has helped you figure out the science of Beverly Hills rainbow parking!