The Parking Enforcement division of the City Marshal's Department provides for the enforcement of the City's parking ordinances. The team patrols throughout the City of San Marcos daily (Monday-Saturday) preparing and issuing parking citations. The following parking rules and regulations are enforced:
2-hour time-limited parking
Residential permit parking
Arranges towing of abandoned or illegally parked vehicles
Fire lanes and fire hydrants
No parking zones
Blocking lane of traffic or driveway
Sidewalk, left lane, back-in/head-in
The City of San Marcos does not manage or enforce parking in private off-street parking lots with the exceptions of handicap parking, fire lane, fire zone, and fire hydrants. San Marcos Marshals Department parking enforcement does not regulate or enforce parking on the Texas State University campus.
New! 4-Hour Parking Locations
On July 3rd, City Council approved changes to the City’s parking ordinance allowing four (4) hour parking zones in low parking demand areas of downtown. These new four-hour parking zones provide additional flexibility for downtown employees, visitors and residents who wish to park for longer than two hours. Public Works is pleased to report that the new four-hour parking signs have been installed in these zones as of July 6th.
For a map of the downtown area, showing the timed zones and paid lots click here.
Violations not paid within 15 days of receipt or when contested, 15 days of determination of liability by the hearing officer, will be assessed an additional fee of 50% of the original penalty fee.
It is the goal of the Parking Enforcement Division, to ensure that citations are issued justly. If you feel you have received a citation in error, please email the Parking Enforcement Office. Ensure that you include the following information in your email:
Reason you believe an error was made
Any supporting Documentation (such as reciepts or photos)
As of March 1, 2018, the parking enforcement officers began using License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to help manage downtown parking.
For more information, please click on the below links: