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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.

Interpreting Parking or Traffic Sign or Regulation

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.

Parking Sign Fact Sheet

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 to request a paper copy.

DOT's Parking Sign Locator allows you to look up all parking signs 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.

Parking Regulations

You also can look up parking regulations using DOT's traffic sign database.

Look up parking signs and regulations on any City street.

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.

Parking is allowed in school zones 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.

Parking restrictions remain in effect while schools are doing distance learning.

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 verify that it's in recess.

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

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.