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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Parking violation fee increases to begin July 20

parking meters at Powerhouse

On a unanimous vote June 20, the City Council approved increasing fines for parking violations. The increases are set to take effect July 20.

Del Mar has not increased its portion of fees from parking citations since 2011.

The council’s action approved increasing fine amounts for more than three dozen individual violations and for allowing annual adjustments based upon the Consumer Price Index, not to exceed 3%.

A staff analysis concluded that most of Del Mar’s fine amounts are below the median of those of five neighboring cities and two State beaches.

As approved June 20, fees range from $50 to $68 for most violation types. The most expensive fees, of $283, are for violating State codes for disabled parking.

The California Vehicle Code, Del Mar Municipal Code and County of San Diego codes address parking violations. Violating a State code for bald tires can cost $63; Del Mar’s fee for an expired meter is $50; the County fee for sleeping or camping in a vehicle is $83.

For citations issued in the City of Del Mar, State and County authorities receive $12.50 per violation.

Del Mar employs three full-time and nine part-time parking enforcement officers.

The city logs about 22,000 violations per year. About three-quarters of them are for time zone and paid parking violations.

The increased parking fines are expected to generate revenue increases of $180,000 annually.

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