Parking Management Division

Parking Tips


At the City of Houston Department of Parking Management, we believe parking should be painless. By following these simple tips, you can ensure safe and sufficient parking and limit your chances of receiving a citation or tow.




  • Read signs carefully. Many downtown streets have special tow-away and truck loading zones during commute hours. These restrictions carry heavy fines, and your vehicle may be towed at your own expense. Also be aware of street cleaning signs, which apply to different times and days throughout the City.
  • Be aware of colored curbs. Red stripes signify no parking or tow-away zones. All vehicles will be cited and/or towed for parking in these zones at any time.
  • Check parking time limits: Many spaces have a two-hour time limit to encourage parking turnover. Parking time limits apply even if the meter is broken. Remember the City of Houston operates meters on Saturdays, so be sure to check the meter when parking. For longer parking periods, use a parking garage or lot.
  • Sidewalks are for pedestrian use: City of Houston Code prohibits parking a vehicle on any portion of the sidewalk at any time. Many driveways in Houston include the sidewalk, considered the public right-of-way. Avoid a citation for this violation by leaving the sidewalk portion of your driveway clear.
  • Parking on the wrong side of the street is not only a safety hazard  - it's illegal. Vehicles parked on the wrong side of the street are forced to face oncoming vehicles when merging into traffic, putting themselves and other drivers at risk.