Parking Management believes parking should be safe and convenient. By following these tips, you can park safely and avoid a parking citation.
- Read signs carefully. When you park, check the signs on the block to become familiar with the parking regulations. Red stripes signify no parking or tow-away zones.
- Know the mobility lane hours. To help get commuters in and out of downtown, several blocks become tow-away zones during commute hours. Check the signs carefully to know the hours of these restrictions.
- Commercial Zones are for commercial vehicles only. Only a commercial vehicle (with company logos displayed) can park in marked commercial vehicle loading zones. Check carefully for the signs and/or red meters.
- Know the time limit. Check the signs, your receipt or the pay station for the time limit for the block. After the time limit expires, you must move your car to another block.
- Downtown Hopper Pass. The Hopper pass allows you to park at multiple blocks throughout downtown. Your time on the block cannot exceed the posted time limit for the block.
- Try Parkmobile. You can start your parking session from the convenience of your mobile device. You can also receive an alert before your time expires; helping you to avoid a parking citation. Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/meters.htm for more information.
Solving the Parking Puzzle
Check your parking knowledge and see if you can solve the Parking Puzzle:
1. If a vehicle is parked in your driveway, it’s legal to block the sidewalk.
A. Yes, because my garage is full
B. Yes, we have more than two cars
C. No, this is a safety hazard
2. How far are you required to park from a fire hydrant?
A. 5 feet
B. 10 feet
C. 15 feet
3. There is a crosswalk ahead; how far from it should you park?
A. 10 feet
B. 20 feet
C. A car length
4. A car is parked 10 feet from a stop sign. Is it legally parked?
5. What is the proper way to park in a cul-de-sac?
A. Head-in, front wheels at the curb
B. The passenger wheels of the car parallel and less than 18” from the curb
6. You can store a car on the public street for 72 hours.
7. If a car is parked within 18” of the curb, it does not matter which direction it is facing.
8. A disabled parking placard is not required to park in the striped zone between disabled parking spaces.
- Click to check your answers (.pdf)
Let us help parking make sense for your neighborhood. Our Street Smarts presentation provides an overview of parking safety for neighborhoods. Schedule your presentation today!