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Red Curbs: No Parking

Red Painted Curb at Broadway at Divisadero, Looking South | May 16, 2013

Red zones are “No Parking” zones. Do not park in a red zone at any time, under any circumstances. Watch for red zones at:

  • Edges of driveways
  • Intersection corners
  • Bus stops
  • Fire hydrants
  • Curb ramps

White Curbs: Passenger Loading/Unloading

White Passenger Loading Curb

White zones are for passenger loading and unloading during certain hours with a time limit of five minutes. Check nearby signs or stencils on the curb for effective hours.

The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times (limited exceptions apply at preschools and hospitals).

White zones are typically used for:

  • Hospitals and medical offices
  • Senior centers
  • Restaurants with a 100 or more seats
  • Valet parking, hotels, apartment or condominium buildings with over 50 units
  • Theaters, churches or other large places of worship or assembly
  • Schools and government buildings

Green Curbs/Meters: Short-Term Parking

Green Curb

Green curbs are for short-term parking, generally less than 10 minutes. Standard effective hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

In metered areas, green meters will have either a 15 or 30 minute time limit.

Vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green curbs/meters.

Green curbs/meters are typically used for:

  • Small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores
  • Dry cleaners
  • Florists
  • Audio-visual repair shops
  • Shoe repair shops
  • Postal shipping centers
  • Hardware stores
  • Video rental stores
  • ATM machines

Yellow Curbs: Commercial Loading/Unloading

yellow curb

Yellow zones are for active freight loading and unloading only by commercial vehicles. Check nearby signs or stencils on the curb for effective hours. Vehicles without a commercial license plate parked in a yellow zone will be cited and can be towed if the sign specifies it is a tow zone.

Six-Wheel Truck Loading Zones are indicated by signs only. When signed for six wheels or more, such trucks can use the zone. Six wheel loading zones can typically be distinguished by their red-capped meters in metered areas.

Yellow zones are typically used for large businesses or properties that receive or deliver a lot of shipments.

Blue Curbs: Parking for People With Disabilities

Blue Accessible Curb | May 18, 2013

Blue zones are parking spaces for people with a valid disabled parking permit. They are effective 24/7 except for street cleaning, tow-away zone restrictions, or when restricted by a special event or construction permit.  Please refer to your disabled placard identification card from the DMV for more information about parking with a disabled placard.

Never block access to a blue zone or park in one without a valid placard/permit. The fine is severe and your vehicle may be towed.

Blue zones are normally located in areas with high public use, such as:

  • Parking lots and garages
  • Dense commercial areas
  • Near public parks and playgrounds

Here's a list of blue zones on public streets.