Street Parking

On-street Parking and Meters 

The rates and time limits for metered parking vary by location, and are posted on the meter or kiosk.

Meter Holiday Schedule

Parking at a meter space or multi-space section is free Sundays and the following City holidays: 

  • New Years Day -January 1 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday in January) 
  • Presidents Birthday (third Monday in February) 
  • Cesar Chavez Day (last Monday in March) 
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day - July 4 
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September) 
  • Veteran's Day - November 11 
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November) 
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Meter operation hours are posted on all meters and kiosks.

Overnight Metered Parking Information

Overnight Parking

The Overnight Parking Program was developed in response to requests from area businesses and residents who have asked for this option for years.

Street sweeping operations and old meter technology prevented this type of a program from being implemented in the past. New Smart Meter technology and a new street sweeping schedule now allow for the Overnight Program to be implemented downtown.

Overnight Parking Rates and Times

  • Parking from 10:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. will be $1.00 per hour.
  • Parking from 2:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. will be $0.50 per hour.
  • Parking between 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. will be free.
  • Vehicles must be moved 100’ after two hours if they park between the hours of 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (It is has always been a requirement that vehicles move 100’ after the posted time limit has expired)
  • The two‐hour parking limit rule will end at 10:00 P.M., allowing vehicles to park from 10:00 P.M. ‐ 8:00 A.M. in one space without moving their vehicle (total of $6 with the 2‐hour free period between 6:00 – 8:00 A.M.).
  • Metered parking from 12:00 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. on Sundays and posted holidays will continue to be free. However, drivers will need to pay for parking beginning at 12:00 A.M. the day after the free day

More Details

For a map of current and planned overnight metered parking, as well as program details, see our Overnight Parking Information Sheet (1.4 mb pdf).

Meter Bagging Permits

Meters may be bagged with "No Parking" bags over the meter heads to keep the street clear of parked cars for construction, special events and filming. Please note, a street occupancy permit must also be obtained for any event that takes place in the street/sidewalks/public right of way.

Note:  Meter bagging requests take up to 72 hours to process, so should be submitted at least 1 week before your event.

Download our meter bagging requirements.

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Smart Meters make parking in Denver easier. No more having to dig under the floor mat for spare change... Smart Meters are electronic meters powered by solar energy that accept the payment that's easiest for you.

Pay by Phone

New! In 2021, Denver is now accepting meter payments by phone!

Pay for Parking with the Pay by Phone app

PayByPhone lets you to pay for parking in seconds. The app allows you to extend your parking session from anywhere and will even remind you when your parking session is about to expire! Parking with PayByPhone is convenient, easy and secure. Once you have downloaded the app and registered for an account, you can park in just a few easy steps. 

Step 1.Get the Mobile App 

 Go to m.paybyphone.com on your mobile device to download the iPhone or Android app.

Step 2.Register

 To use the service, create a free PayByPhone account on the mobile app (on iOS and Android devices), the web app at www.paybyphone.com, or by phone 24/7 at 888-680-7275 (the account will be activated immediately and the parking session can be started on the initial phone call). The following information is required to set up an account:

  • Mobile phone number
  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover)
  • License plate of car(s)

The next time you call or log on, your details will be automatically recognized.

Step 3.Enter Location

Enter the location number posted on the PayByPhone signs

Enter stall number (if required)

Step 4.Enter Time

Select a parking duration. 

Step 5.Confirm Payment


Credit/Debit

Step 1.Insert Card 

Smart meters accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. There are no transaction fees to the customer, however a minimum of $1 must be charged.

Step 2.Cancel?

If a mistake is made, press the cancel button

Step 3.Complete

A receipt will not be printed, but the meter will beep when the transaction is complete.

Coins

Step 1.Insert Coins

Insert the amount of coins desired for the visit.

Step 2.Confirm

The meter will display the amount of time purchased.

REMEMBER: Money can be added to extend the time on the meter unless the maximum amount of time has been purchased, then it is necessary to move your vehicle to another space!

Smart Card

Smart Cards are an easy way to pay for parking at Denver’s new Smart Meters! The Smart Card is a pre-loaded plastic card (credit card sized) that is available in the amounts of $5, $15, $25, $50 and $100. There is no additional charge or deposit when purchasing a ParkSmart Denver card – simply pay the face value of the card! ParkSmart Denver cards are not re-loadable and should be recycled when they are empty.

Step 1.Insert Card

Insert the card with the chip facing up. 

Step 2.Check Value

Meter will first display remaining card value

Step 3.Add Time

Time will be added in 25 cent increments

Step 4.Remove Card

Remove card immediately when desired time is reached

Buying a Smart Card: ParkSmart Denver Cards can be purchased over the phone via credit card or debit card and picked up at the Wastewater Management building.

  • Call the cashiering main number at (303) 446-3450 during normal business hours to purchase cards over the phone.
  • Customers will then pick up the card from the guard at the Wastewater Management building lobby. 
  • Masks are required.
  • Wastewater Management, 2000 West 3rd Street, Permit Counter (map)