Parking Meters Information
See the pay station or signs for the meter enforcement times of each area. Times for the following areas are:
- Washington Avenue Corridor – Monday – Sunday, 7am – 2am
- Downtown and other on-street locations – Monday – Saturday, 7am – 6pm
- Off-street Lots – The times vary at each lot, please see the pay station or signs for the time.
- Meter Rate Map, With Zones (.pdf, updated 02.24.2014)
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No Change No Problem
The solar-powered pay stations offer parkers more payment options than the traditional coin-operated meters, making paying for parking more convenient than ever. The pay stations accept coins, paper bills and credit or debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
Please note: Parking pay stations are not equipped to provide change or refunds.
- Meter Instruction Card (.pdf, updated 12.13.2012, 10MG file size)
Pay By Phone
You can now start your parking transaction from the convenience of your mobile device. You can elect to receive an alert before your time expires; helping you to avoid a parking citation.
The service is easy use:
- Register at www.parkmobile.com.
- Use the mobile app, the internet, or a phone call to pay for parking.
- When you are ready to park, enter the zone number displayed at the meter and the amount of time you wish to purchase.
- A digital receipt is sent to your mobile device.
- There is a .35 cents transaction fee or you can choose to pay a monthly service fee of $1.75 which drops the transaction fee to .25 cents.
- Your parking transaction is transmitted real-time to the handheld devices used by the Parking Enforcement Officers.
Warehouse District Parking Program
In the search for free parking, employees and students are parking in the Warehouse District. In some cases, people park in the district and walk to San Jacinto to ride the bus into Downtown. This creates a tremendous hardship for the residents and businesses in the district that need parking spaces for their visitors and customers.
The Downtown Parking Study committee completed a parking utilization survey for the District. During this survey, the following conditions were observed:
- 90-95 percent of the available parking is occupied from 7 am to 6 pm.
- There are approximately 145 parking spaces of which only 12 are paid parking.
- Paid meter spaces are the only spaces that demonstrated turnover.
In order to alleviate these issues, the curb side parking spaces must be managed to encourage turnover.
Downtown Hopper Pass
Make visiting downtown a snap with the Downtown Hopper Pass. The pass allows you to park in multiple metered spaces throughout downtown. The Pay-by-Phone zone number for the Hopper is 47777. The time limit posted at each meter applies.
When you are parking, be sure to read all posted signs carefully and follow for the parking regulations posted. Several blocks in downtown are mobility lanes from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Parking is not allowed and the blocks become tow-away zones during these times.
Pay Station Time Limits
Each pay station has the time limit (2 hr. – 10 hr.) posted. Your time parked at the meter zone cannot extend the time limit posted. Time limits are enforced to encourage turnover of these parking spaces and leave them open for short-term parkers. Parkers requiring long-term parking are encouraged to park off-street in a surface lot or garage.
To report a meter that is not working properly, visit www.houston311.org or call 311 or 713.837.0311.
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