Ask Capt. Oliveira: Public Street Parking Limits

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This car was abandoned on Banfield Drive in July 2018 and was eventually towed for violating the city parking ordinance. / Photo

THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

“Is there a code that prohibits vehicles parked on a public street for more than a period of time?” -Sanjeet Singh

Dear Reader,

As a matter of fact, there is. The City of Sacramento Code Enforcement Department has a team dedicated to vehicle abatement within the city limits. The Code Enforcement Department utilizes California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22651(k) to enforce 72-hour parking on the city/public street. Vehicles are marked, photographed, and tagged with a 72-hour notice advising the vehicle is subject to tow if not moved within the 72-hour time frame. To report illegally parked vehicles, you can call 311 or use the 311 app on your smartphone. For more info on the 311 app, visit

—Capt. Oliveira

Capt. Steve Oliveira oversees the Sacramento Police Dept.’s north-area command, which includes Natomas. To submit your questions to Capt. Oliveira, send an email to [email protected] with “Ask Capt. Oliveira” in the subject line.

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