Salt Lake City



Parking Enforcement FAQ

Please find answers to frequently asked questions about parking enforcement below.


There are many areas in Salt Lake City that have posted, or signed, parking restrictions. Before parking and leaving your car, take a moment to read and obey any posted parking signs.

Two hour time restrictions apply according to times posted on each sign.

2 Hour Parking sign

A valid disabled designated vehicle plate or placard is required. Normally time restrictions are for two hours. Placards are to be properly displayed and visible at all times on the front rear view mirror or dash board.

2 hour handicap parking sign

Posted throughout the city in designated areas. Driver must remain in vehicle.

3 minute parking passenger loading  sign

45 degree angle parking

45 degree parking sign

Posted throughout the city in designated areas and require back-in parking only.

back in only angle parking sign

No parking in either direction at anytime.

no parking sign

No parking”restrictions apply.

no parking bus stop sign

“No parking” restrictions apply. This sign is visible throughout the city medians and center parking zones.

no parking on walkway sign

Parallel Parking

Time restrictions are limited to 30 minutes. Requires a current Salt Lake City Freight License that is issued to vehicles that require delivery, or loading/unloading. Designated hours of operation are posted on each sign.

30 minute freight parking sign

Requires a current Residential Parking Permit on driver’s side of front window.

residential parking area sign

How long can vehicles be parked on public streets?

No person shall park a vehicle, boat, trailer, or other item upon any street for a period of time longer than 48 hours. See City ordinance 12.56.520 and 12.56.525

How close can vehicles be parked to a fire hydrant?

Vehicles may not be parked within 5 feet of a fire hydrant. The distance is measured from the center of the fire hydrant and measured for 5 feet in both directions on the curb. There does not need to be a sign or red curb for a vehicle to be in violation. If a vehicle is parked within 5 feet it is in violation of city ordinance. (12.56.440-5)

What are the State of Utah Vehicle Registration and display of license plate laws?

Be registered in the name of the owner in accordance with the laws of Utah, unless such vehicle is not required by Utah law to be registered in Utah.

Display in the proper position on the outside of the vehicle two valid, unexpired registration plates, one on the front and one on the rear.

When required, current validation or indicia of registration must be attached to the rear plate in a manner complying with the laws of the state of Utah, and be free from defacement, mutilation, grease, and other obscuring materials, so as to be plainly visible and legible at all times.

Vehicles with expired registrations the day after the expired registration are in violation of city ordinance and are subject to citation under city and state code. Vehicles with registrations that have been expired more than 3 months are subject to impound. (12.56.040)

What are the standards for posted Freight Zones?

Numerous Freight Zone areas are posted throughout the city. Freight Zone licenses are issued to vehicles that require delivery, or loading/unloading. Time restrictions are limited to 30 minutes. Only Salt Lake City issued freight licenses are valid. Temporary Freight Loading Zone permits for those without a Freight License are issued by the Transportation Division at (801) 535-6630. If you are interested in registering a vehicle for an annual Freight License, please call Business Licensing at (801) 535-7721.

What are rules for persons with disabilities?

Special parking for persons with disabilities is provided throughout the city and such persons also receive special considerations for posted and meter parking.

Parking for persons with disabilities is available on both public and private property. Parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities are posted with the international disabled designation and have a two hour time limit. These spaces are in effect during “ALL HOURS” and only vehicles bearing an authorized state disabled registration license plate or temporary placard are allowed to park in these designated spaces. Out of state disabled license plates and placards are also honored. Citizens with disabled designated vehicles may park at any metered space or time restricted zone for up to two hours. Disabled designated vehicles MAY NOT park in any safety or restricted parking areas. It is a violation of city ordinance to park in a zone reserved for persons with disabilities without the proper disabled designation. (12.56.120 and 12.56.130)

What are rules for motorcycle parking?

Motorcycles or scooters (ex: Vespa) have to follow the same parking rules 4-wheeled folks follow. Meaning they still have to pay for meters and observe timed zones. The only “extra” thing they get is there are some motorcycle only parking spaces that they can park in.

Also similar to cars, motorcycles cannot park on sidewalks or park strips

What are meters that are 'Red Bagged'?

A Red Bagged meter is a reserved meter that can be purchased by individuals, construction organizations, and/or special events sponsors for a specified amount of time through the Transportation Office.

Red Bagged meters signify “No Parking” to the public. There are no exceptions. If a citizen is parked at a Red Bagged meter the vehicle is subject to impound and is in violation of city ordinance. (12.56.210)

How do I contact Parking Enforcement with a parking complaint?

Citizens may contact the Parking Enforcement Office via email at, or by calling the Parking Enforcement Office at (801) 535-6628.

We can better serve you if you provide the following information: parking complaint’s address; license plate number; the make, model, and color of vehicle; and, finally, an explanation of the nature of the problem. If you are reporting an abandoned vehicle, please include how long the vehicle has been parked in that location.

Other Salt Lake City parking ordinances

Parking Near Crosswalks

Salt Lake City Ordinance 12.56.440-7 requires vehicles to park at least 20 feet from crosswalks at an intersection. Vehicles also cannot park on crosswalks. Any vehicle parked on a crosswalk, or within 20 feet of a crosswalk, are in violation of city code.

Parking Near Stop Signs

Vehicles are required to park more than 30 feet away upon the approach of flashing beacons or traffic controls on the side of the road. This includes stop signs, bus signs, no parking signs, and other signs controlling traffic. Vehicles parked within 30 feet will be found in violation of ordinance 12.56.440-8.

Parking Near Driveways

Salt Lake City ordinance requires vehicles to park at least five feet from a driveway. If a mailbox is located within five feet of the driveway, vehicles are required to park at least 10 feet from the driveway. When parking near fire stations, vehicles must park at least 20 feet from the driveway entrance. Vehicles also cannot park across the street from a fire station’s entrance when the area is signposted.

Parking too close to a driveway is a safety concern that we address and enforce all hours of operation, every day of the week. (12.56.440-3/11)

Parking Near Waste & Recycling Bins

When parking, please be courteous and do not block homeowner or business waste and recycling bins. By blocking a waste or recycling bin, your vehicle may be parked more than 12 inches from the curb and in violation of ordinance 12.56.100.