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New Year’s Day Parking: How Not to Get a Ticket

The rules for where you can park on New Year’s Day 2013 in SF without getting a ticket
By - posted 1/1/2013 No Comment

Celebrate 2013 with a day of free parking throughout the city of San Francisco.

Although parking hazardously is always ticketable and towable – as is parking in a red or blue zone – much of the rest of the city is yours for the parking.

Here’s the Basics:

New Year’s Day: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
– Parking Meters not enforced (for parking on SF Port property see *below)
– M-F Street Sweeping not enforced
– Daytime 7-Day Street Sweeping not enforced (except Nightime & along Market St.)
– Commuter Tow Away not enforced
– Green, Yellow & White zones vary – see below

>> Park at your own risk of getting a ticket: We’ve done our best to review all the rules and lay them out for you, but you’re on your own of course.  If you want more clarification, contact SF parking enforcement

New Year’s Day Parking Rules Overview:
Tuesday, January 1 2013

FREE PARKING (i.e. Not Enforced) 

  • M-F Street Sweeping: Not enforced
    Please note that the few streets that have nighttime 7-day street sweeping – like Market Street – may still be enforced
  • M-F Residential Permit Parking: Not enforced
  • Commuter Towaway: Not enforced
  • *Parking Meters: On Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day, parking meters are not enforced either on city property on Port of SF Property – *NEW* the fact that Port of SF meters are not enforced on these major holidays looks to be a recent change which we confirmed at sfport.com

But please note….
– Hazards are always subject to tickets and towing
– Posted 1-2 hour parking time limit areas and Night-Time Seven-Day-a-Week Street Sweeping (such as Market Street) will be enforced.
– Meter customers are advised to check parking meters to verify enforcement time limits and amounts.


  • Red Zone: Enforced
  • Blue Zone: Enforced (Handicap)
  • Green Zone: Enforced (short term parking – usually 10 mins Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm). – But… we called SFMTA and they told us Green Zone was NOT enforced on Christmas Day, but we have not been able to confirm this 100%
  • Yellow Curbs : Commercial loading & unloading parking zones are enforced, but there’s no tow-away. (you can still get a ticket) But… we called SFMTA and they told us Yellow Zone parking was NOT enforced on Christmas Day, but we have not been able to confirm this 100%
  • White Zone: Passenger loading zones are enforced (5 minute limit), but only while the business (and some apartment buildings) is open – if the business that paid for the zone (usually the one right in front of the white zone) is closed, it’s free parking. (Beware… some businesses are 24 hours even though they may look closed – Our parking enforcement source recommended you find a security guard for the building and ask.)
  • Posted 1-2 hour parking limits: Enforced
  • 7 Day a Week Nighttime Street Sweeping: This everyday street sweeping such as along Market Street is still enforced even on holidays

Source: SFMTA Holiday Enforcement,  SFMTA Color Curb Program Details