Parking Citations

Parking In Downtown Los Gatos
The Town of Los Gatos has a variety of parking lots in the downtown area.
  • There are four lots with both unrestricted areas and three hour limit areas.
  • The remaining parking lots have three hour limits.
  • Overnight parking in downtown lots is prohibited where posted.
  • The downtown streets, where posted, are limited to two hour parking 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • In some of the neighborhoods adjacent to the downtown area there is designated permit parking after 6:00 pm for the residents who are permit holders.
  • Vehicles parking within the designated permit parking area must have a current parking permit on the vehicle.
  • Vehicles may be parked on the street overnight in non-restricted residential zones except parking for purpose of display, repair, storage, etc. is prohibited.
Citations
If you receive a parking citation you have 21 days in which to respond. Failure to respond within 21 days may result in an increase in the amount due or to the withholding of the vehicles registration.

You may pay by sending your check in the envelope you received along with the citation to:

Parking Enforcement - Town of Los Gatos
P.O. Box 6010
Inglewood, CA  90312-6010

Or bring it into the Police Department at:

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department
110 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Our business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.or Friday afternoon by appointment only.

Or for a small convenience fee you can call 866-422-0484 or pay online by visiting:
Citation Payments 

If you've lost your citation, you can enter your license plate number by visiting the link below to find out what your citation number is and how much you currently owe:
Citation Verification

About the Parking Citation Appeal Process

Parking Permit or Disabled Placard Appeals
If you received a citation for failure to properly display your parking permit or disabled placard you may appeal by presenting proof of valid permits or placards to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department and filling out a Disabled and Permit Violations Form. This will be submitted through the review process for a reduced fee in lieu of the full bail amount as per the Town Comprehensive Fee Schedule.

Los Gatos High School Parking Permit Appeals
If you received a citation for failure to properly display a valid LGHS parking permit, you are eligible for a "ONE TIME ONLY" COURTESY DISMISSAL with a reduced fee of $10.00 and proof of a VALID parking permit by filling out the LGHS parking permit appeal form and returning it to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department.

Parking Ticket Appeals

First Appeal
If you received a citation for any other parking violation and wish to appeal, you will be required to fill out a Parking Appeal Investigation form, stating your reason(s) for believing the citation was issued in error or why you are not responsible for the alleged violation. (The procedure for appeal is printed on the back of the citation.) You will be notified of the decision by mail, usually within 30 calendar days.

Download Citation Appeal Process Information (Citation Review Page)

Second Appeal
If your first administrative investigation is denied you may file a second appeal. You have 21 days from the date the denial notification was mailed to file a written request with an explanation for this review. No official form is provided for this request. Mail your appeal with the full amount of the citation to:

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Or deliver in person to:

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department
110 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

The full amount of the citation will be refunded if your citation is dismissed; the amount is forfeited if the citation is deemed valid.

Third Appeal
If your second appeal to the Town is denied, an appeal may be filed in the Santa Clara County Civil Court within 21 days from the date of denial. This court will review the factual aspects of the case, the administrative process and the decision of the Hearing Examiner. The decision of the Civil Court may be communicated in person or by mail.

Vehicle Boot

The police department utilizes the Vehicle Boot for immobilizing vehicles that have five or more delinquent parking citations. The authority to Boot (immobilize) instead of removing/towing a vehicle is authorized by section 22651.7 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC).  This allows a vehicle to be “booted” for up to three days before it is impounded.  After three days, if the delinquent citations have not been paid, 22651 (i)(1) CVC authorizes the police to impound that vehicle.

The owner must pay all outstanding fines on record with the police department. Per 22651(i) CVC, the owner must pay ALL outstanding fines (this includes any current fines, as well as those listed as delinquent on the record). 
  • The owner must also pay the current vehicle release fee.
  • The only acceptable method of payment for either transaction is cash, cashiers
  • check or credit card.  No personal checks are to be accepted.
The vehicle registration must be current.