Parking Enforcement 


Parking enforcement is no longer located at 401 E Hopkins. 

Please contact us at (512) 753-2140 or via email at

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
  • Handicap parking
  • Loading zones
  • 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
  • Double parking
  • 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.

Pay a Citation

Payments for citations are accepted by the San Marcos Municipal Court or online at

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.

Disputing Citations

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:

  • Citation Number
  • Date Issued
  • Violation
  • 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:

Parking Citations
Municipal Court
Residential Permit Parking 

  1. Samantha Deyo

    Parking Enforcement Coordinator