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The Department of Transportation (DOT) manages parking meters on streets and in municipal parking facilities. 

There are two ways to pay for metered parking in NYC:

  1. Use the ParkNYC app 
  2. Pay at on-street parking meters which accept credit cards, quarters, dollar coins, and the NYC Parking Card

Parking meters have rate information and step-by-step instructions posted on their display cards. Check street signs for parking limits and other regulations.

Learn more about parking meters.

View metered parking locations on a map.

Meter Numbers

All City parking meters have a unique seven-digit meter number.

The meter number is:  

  • Displayed on the screen 
  • Labeled on the front of the meter above the instructions

When reporting a condition such as damaged or defective, no receipt, or disputing a violation, provide the meter number to identify the meter and exact location.

Each metered block also has a unique ParkNYC Zone number (six-digits) typically posted on regulatory signage at the beginning and end of each block, as well as on the meter itself.

In May 2024, the Department of Transportation will begin replacing existing Pay-And-Display meters with Pay-By-Plate meters. Pay-By-Plate meters are touchscreen and have a larger solar panel.

Installation of new Pay-By-Plate meters will begin in Upper Manhattan.

Pay-By-Plate meters require motorists to enter their license plate information when paying for metered parking. After payment is complete, users are not required to display their receipt on their dashboard.

Always check posted signage and meters to confirm regulations and price.

Please note: Parking zones with existing Pay-And-Display meters will still require users to display their receipt.

More information, including the installation schedule, is available online.

Learn more about Pay-By-Plate Parking Meters.

Parking meter rates and regulations vary by location. Check the posted signage and the digital display on the meter to confirm the rate and parking regulations.

As of October 16, 2023, hourly parking meter rates will increase citywide on a rolling basis:

BoroughRate Increase Begins on or About
ManhattanOctober 16
QueensOctober 27
BrooklynNovember 9
The BronxNovember 22
Staten IslandNovember 28


View metered parking locations and rates on a map.

After you pay at the meter, it will issue a receipt showing the time you purchased to park there.

  • In Pay-N-Retain facilities, officers get data directly from the machines. You should keep your receipt as proof of payment, as well as a reminder of when to return to your car. If you lose your receipt, you can't get another copy of it.
  • In Pay-N-Display facilities, motorists must display the receipt on their vehicle's dashboard so enforcement officers can easily read the parking expiration time through the front window. Motorcycle owners are responsible for finding a way to comply with the requirement posted on the meter.

Displaying Receipts on Motorcycles

To prevent theft or damage to the receipt, the Department of Transportation (DOT) recommends that you use a clear plastic holder attached to your motorcycle with a lock or other device. Devices made for this purpose can be found in specialty stores. 

An illustration of such a device and other information about parking meters are available online.

Learn more about parking meters.

All parking meters accept credit card payments.

After you insert a card for payment, the digital readout will indicate that a bank authorization is in progress. If the bank authorizes payment, the digital readout will indicate that payment has been approved, and the meter should issue a parking receipt. 

If the bank does not authorize payment, the digital readout will read "unreadable card," "not paid," or "not accepted," and the meter will not issue a receipt. The credit or debit card account will not be charged. You can use coin payment to get a receipt from the same meter or try your card at a different meter on the same block.

Parking meters accept payment 1 hour before meter regulations begin. In areas that offer mobile payment for parking, you may also pay ahead using the ParkNYC app or a web browser.

To pay ahead at a meter, you can purchase a receipt 1 hour before meter regulations begin and pay only for the time you park during hours when parking meter regulations are in effect.

For example, if meter regulations begin at 9 AM, you can purchase a receipt as early as 8 AM to pay for parking from 9 AM onward in accordance with the parking and meter regulations at the location where you want to park.

To learn more about the ParkNYC app, go to the ParkNYC Parking Payment page.

Drivers have a 5-minute grace period for parking meter and Alternate Side Parking zones. The law gives drivers an extra 5 minutes past the expired time on the parking meter receipt and Alternate Side Parking signs.

During the grace period, parking tickets cannot be issued.

You can request a refund for a parking meter that may have a payment problem. 

If you paid by credit or debit card, review your payment history to confirm that your card was charged for the transaction in question. Often, financial institutions post charges after the date of the actual transaction.

Refund requests must be made in writing. Please include:

  • Date and time of the incident
  • Parking meter number
  • Parking meter location
  • Description of the problem
  • Copy of the meter receipt, if available
  • Documentation showing overpayment, such as a copy of the credit card statement, if applicable 

Send your request and supporting documents to:

DOT Parking Administration
Muni-Meter Refunds
34-02 Queens Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will investigate your claim and send you a letter of determination.

You can park at meters without depositing money on Sundays and the following major legal holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If you try to pay during these times, your payment will be rejected. The meter will display a "Meter Off, Read Posted Signs" message.

All parking regulations, other than parking meters, remain in effect as posted.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has changed signs throughout the City to reflect the current rules, but some signs may still display the old regulation.

When a parking meter is out of service, it will flash a red light and the display message will read "machine out of order." You must use a functional parking meter on the same block or the next block to purchase a parking receipt. In a parking field, purchase a parking receipt from the nearest meter to the broken one.

If all parking meters on the block, on the next block, or in the parking field are all broken or missing, New York City law allows you to park for the maximum amount of time posted for that metered space.

Make sure to document the date, time, and meter numbers in case you need to dispute a parking ticket.

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