Friday afternoon, District Judge Deborah Bail denied the city's request for technical reasons.
The judge said the city needed to file the request in conjunction with a complaint, application, or petition.
Bail dismissed the request without prejudice, which means the city can file for it again later.
ACHD commissioners plan to meet Monday to decide if they will remove the sensors from the roadway.
The city installed the sensors into the roads last summer as part of its new smart-metering system for on-street parking spots.
The sensors can tell when a car is parked in the spot, and when it leaves, so the parking meter would reset.
Late last summer, ACHD said the city never told them that there is a different kind of sensor available that attaches to the meter itself, which would mean no holes would have to be drilled into the asphalt.
The two agencies have gone back and forth since then about the issue.