Lawn Parking

What is a Violation

Lawn parking is a common violation throughout the City of San Gabriel. The San Gabriel Parking Enforcement actively enforces this violation and issues warnings and parking citations. Neighborhood Improvement Services (Code Enforcement) also enforces this violation in addition to lot coverage. Before you choose to pour concrete or install tiles, bricks, stones, or pavers; please contact the Planning Division at City Hall to verify you will not exceed lot coverage and the material is acceptable. Even if you are approved to pour concrete or add other materials, this does NOT mean you are allowed to park on it. 

If you have received a warning or citation for parking on an area that is legal-nonconforming and you have documentation for this determination, please contact NIS directly at (626) 308-2826 to verify.

Violations Include:

  • Parking vehicles on your front lawn grass, dirt, etc.
  • Parking on any extension of a paved surface in the front yard (i.e. tiles, concrete, bricks)
  • Adding concrete or other non-plant life materials to your property without having your lot coverage checked by the Planning Division.
  • Parking abandoned, inoperable, and/or dismantled vehicles in view of the public or neighbors.

How to Park a Vehicle Legally

Vehicles on private property can only park on a driveway (legal width) or in a garage. If you have more vehicles registered to the property than the ones able to fit in the garage and driveway, you can obtain an overnight parking permit for the street. Avoid a citation and park in the garage, driveway, or obtain an overnight parking permit from the Finance Department at City Hall.

Interested in reducing water usage for your front lawn? The answer is not to cover the front lawn with rocks or other materials. You can submit a landscape design to the Planning Division for a drought friendly/tolerant front yard or speak to Planning about using other materials like artificial grass. We are here to help, so come in or call for assistance.

If you live in a R-1 zone, generally your property can only have up to 35% lot coverage. Legal driveways and walkways 42" or less in width are exempt from lot coverage. Lot coverage is essentially the amount of your property covered by structures and non-plant materials. In R-2 multi-family zones, you can have up to 55% lot coverage. If you have a single-family home in a multi-family zone, you will need to comply with the 35% maximum lot coverage. A multi-family home in a R-1 single-family zone will need to meet the zones 35% maximum lot coverage. Lastly, in R-3 zones you can have up to 60% lot coverage.

 In addition to these two percentages, properties can add up to 15% of other materials like bark, rocks, tile, etc. If approved to add any materials to the front yard still does not mean a vehicle can park on it. 

ZoneMaximum Lot Coverage Percentage (%)
R-1 Single-Family35% maximum of lot covered
R-2 Multi-Family55% maximum of lot covered
R-3 Multi-Family60% maximum of lot covered
Ground Cover Materials15% maximum of required landscaping

Municipal Code Sections


(D)   Parking aircraft, boats, or vehicles.  No person shall park any aircraft, boat, or vehicle, or any component thereof, for any purpose in any front or side yard on any lot in the residential zones except in a driveway area.  The parking of such aircraft, boat, or vehicle shall be permitted in rear yards or side yards if such area is completely enclosed by view-obscuring walls not less than six feet in height or by the exterior walls of a building or buildings which completely obscure such aircraft, boat, or vehicle from the view of persons on public streets or other adjacent properties.

153.037  FRONT YARDS.

(C)   Permitted uses in front yard.  The following uses shall be permitted in the required front yard areas, but shall not exceed 15 feet in height:

         (1)   Open, unenclosed platforms, or landing places not covered by a roof, awning, or canopy provided it shall not extend or project into the front yard more than six feet, nor be more than six inches in height above adjacent ground level.

         (2)   Fountains, flag poles, statues and decorative ponds.

         (3)   Walkways not more than 42 inches in width directly connecting a sidewalk and/or driveway with an entry to the main residential unit.

         (4)   Driveways shall be no greater than 12 feet in width leading from the street to a garage, except that a driveway 20 feet in width is permissible, provided the garage is adjacent, attached or detached and parallel in the front of the principal dwelling with the entrance to the garage parallel to the street.

(D)   Prohibited uses in front and street side yard areas.  The following shall be prohibited in the required front yard and street side yard areas:

         (1)   Parking areas for vehicles.

         (2)   Accessory structures.

INCORRECT - Exceeds 35%

Single-Family Exceeding 35% Lot Coverage

CORRECT - Under 35%

Single-Family Correct Lot Coverage

INCORRECT - Exceeds 55%

Multi-Family Exceeding 55% Lot Coverage

CORRECT - Under 55%

Multi-Family Correct Lot Coverage

Illegal Concrete Front Yard