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The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains and installs New York City parking regulation signs. All of these signs are metal and include the agency name and sign code.

311 cannot give you information on how NYC parking rules might apply to specific situations, including questions about parking at a specific location.

You should follow the rules posted about time limits and whether it is legal or illegal to park in a specific area.

Because New York City Traffic Rules only require one sign for each block, you should check the whole block and read all signs carefully before you park.

DOT's Parking Sign Locator allows you to look up all parking sign locations and regulations posted on any NYC block.

It provides information including:

  • Parking time limits
  • Street cleaning (ASP) schedules
  • Regulations for standing

However, the website may not reflect new or temporary changes to local parking regulations, so read posted signs carefully before parking your car.

View street parking regulations on an interactive map.

Taxi and For-Hire Vehicle Relief Stands

Taxi and for-hire vehicle relief stands allow taxi and for-hire drivers to park and leave their vehicles for up to one hour to take care of personal needs.

Get a list of taxi and for-hire vehicle relief stand locations.

Parking Sign Locator Issues

You can report a problem with the Parking Sign Locator, such as information that does not match the actual street signs posted or technical issues with the application.

Report technical issues with the Parking Sign Locator application.

You can get a copy of DOT's Parking Sign Fact Sheet, for general information and photos of NYC's most common parking signs.


Download DOT's Parking Sign Fact Sheet.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a copy.

Parking restrictions remain in effect while schools are in session.

Parking is allowed in school zones only when school is in recess. However, you should be aware that specific schools may be open on holidays and during summer vacations. Parking restrictions would remain in effect.

Also, when schools are open for summer sessions, teacher meetings, or similar activities, the parking regulations apply on such days, even if students aren't attending.

You should contact the specific school to make sure that it's in recess. To look up information for a public school, go to the School Finder page.

To look up information for a public school, go to the School Finder page.

Parking and traffic rules are listed in "The New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations," which is Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the "Rules of the City of New York." Detailed information about all parking regulations is available online.

Learn about New York City parking regulations.

The following is a partial list of parking rules and regulations:

Double Parking

It is illegal to double park passenger vehicles at all times, including when street cleaning is occurring, regardless of location, purpose or duration.

An occupied illegally parked vehicle causes the same safety hazard and congestion as an unoccupied vehicle. Commercial vehicles may double park to make quick pick-ups, deliveries, or service calls during posted hours only.

More details are in the City's NYC Traffic Rules in Chapter 4, Section 4-08, subdivision (f), paragraph (1) of the Rules of the City of New York.

Parking by a Fire Hydrant

It is illegal to park within 15 feet of either side of a fire hydrant. The painted curbs at hydrant locations do not show where a vehicle can park.

Parking by a Standpipe

A standpipe is the two-headed pipe in front of every mid-rise and high-rise building in New York City. It is often red, but could be another color. Standpipes are not considered hydrants. You can park in front of a standpipe.

Parking in the Same Spot for Over Seven Days

Unless a posted sign says otherwise, you may not leave a vehicle parked in the same spot for more than seven days in a row. This rule includes spots in all types of neighborhoods, including residential areas.

Commercial Vehicle Street Storage

Unless posted signs say otherwise, commercial vehicles may not be parked on any street for more than 3 hours.

Commercial Vehicle Overnight Parking

Commercial vehicles may not park on a residential street between 9 PM and 5 AM.

Definition of a Commercial Vehicle or Truck

The City's definition of commercial vehicles and trucks determines how you can park and operate your vehicle on City roadways. Yellow taxis and vehicles with TLC plates are not considered commercial vehicles.

New York City Traffic Rules define trucks and commercial vehicles as:

  • Truck: any vehicle or combination of vehicles designed for the transportation of property that has 2 axles and 6 tires, or 3 or more axles. At least one of the vehicles has commercial plates.
  • Commercial Vehicle: any vehicle with commercial plates that has been permanently altered to facilitate the transportation of property, and that has the registrant's name on the door or side panels.

School Bus Parking

A school bus is not considered a commercial vehicle. According to the City's Traffic Rules, school buses can park at any time, including overnight, at a parking spot in front of and within the building lines of a public or private school.

Motorcycle, Motor Scooter, and Moped Parking

When you park a motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped, you must follow the same rules that apply to other vehicles. It is illegal to park motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds on the sidewalk.

You may park a motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped at an angle to the curb. If you park at an angle, at least one wheel must touch the curb and no portion of the vehicle may be more than 6 feet from the curb.

RV or Motor Home Parking

If you park an RV or motor home in a metered space, you only need to pay the front meter. Different rules apply if the RV or motor home is registered for commercial use.

A School Bus is not considered a commercial vehicle. According to the City's Traffic Rules, school buses can park at any time, including overnight, at a parking spot in front of and within the building lines of a public or private school.

Vehicles parked illegally in metered spaces set aside for buses south of Houston Street in Manhattan may be issued parking tickets daily between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Three types of parking violations can be issued:

  • To vehicles with a bus plate type that exceeds the meter's three-hour limit.
  • To vehicles with a bus plate type parked in these spaces that are not displaying a valid Department of Transportation-issued bus permit.
  • To vehicles other than buses parked in these metered bus spaces.

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