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Parking meters control multiple parking spaces on New York City streets and in municipal parking lots.  

All parking meters accept quarters, dollar coins, and parking cards for payment. You can also pay for street parking using the ParkNYC mobile app, website, or hotline.

Meters marked with a credit card logo also will accept:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover Network 

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

Meter Number

All City meters have a unique 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.

Learn more about parking meters.

Beginning on September 4, 2018, metered parking rates will increase citywide for both on- and off-street metered parking spaces. Parking meter rates and regulations vary by location. 

Passenger vehicle parking rates range from $1.25 to $7.50 per hour, and commercial vehicle parking rates range from $5.00 to $8.00 per hour.
 
DOT will be reprogramming all meters with these new rates in phases by borough:

  • Brooklyn: on or about September 4
  • Manhattan: on or about October 1
  • Queens: on or about November 1
  • Bronx and Staten Island: on or about December 3

You can check the digital display on the meter to confirm the rate or get more information about parking rates and zones online.

Learn more about parking meter rates.

Theater District

The theater district parking meters are available for public parking 6 PM - 7 AM. 

  • From 6 PM - Midnight, the parking rate is three dollars ($3.00) per hour.
  • From Midnight - 7 AM, parking at these meters is free of charge.
  • From 7 AM - 6 PM, only commercial vehicles are allowed to park in those spots and they have an escalating rate.   

There are no municipal parking garages located in the theatre district; however, on-street parking is available:

  • From 33rd to 59th Streets from 2nd to 9th Avenues
  • From 6 PM to midnight on weekdays and from 8 AM to midnight on weekends
  • For $3.00 per hour which can be paid at parking meters with quarter or dollar coins, the NYC Parking Card, debit and credit cards

After parking is paid, parking meters will issue a receipt indicating the time purchased to park at that meter location. This receipt may be used to park at another meter location elsewhere in the City. 

In Pay-N-Display facilities, motorists must display the receipt on their vehicle's dashboard, so that enforcement officers may easily read the parking expiration time through the front window. Motorcycle owners choosing to park at these meter locations are responsible for finding a way to comply with the Pay-N-Display requirement posted on the parking meter.

In Pay-N-Retain facilities, officers retrieve data directly from the machines. Drivers should retain their receipt as proof of payment as well as a reminder of when to return to their car. If you lose your receipt, you cannot get another copy of it.

Displaying Parking Meter Receipts on Motorcycles

Motorcyclists using Pay and Display parking meters must display a parking meter receipt on their vehicle. To prevent theft or damage to the receipt, the Department of Transportation recommends using clear plastic holders attached to the 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.

Parking Grace Period

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.

A parking meter with a credit card logo will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Network cards for payment. 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. At a Pay-N-Display facility, you should display the receipt on the dashboard. At a Pay-N-Retain facility, you should keep the receipt. 

If 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 you can 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 page.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) accepts refund requests for parking meters that may have a payment problem.

For credit or debit cards refunds, please review your payment history to confirm that your credit or debit card was charged for the transaction in question. Often, financial institutions post charges after the date of the actual transactions.

Parking meter refund requests must be made in writing. Please include:

  • Date and time of incident
  • Parking meter number
  • Location of the parking meter
  • Description of problem
  • Copy of parking 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

DOT will investigate your claim and send you a letter of determination.

Motorists may park at meters on Sundays without paying. The Department of Transportation has changed signs throughout the City to reflect the current rules but some signs may still display the old regulation.

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

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.

Sunday Meter Regulations Feedback

You may provide an opinion about the Sunday meter regulations or report a sign displaying the old Sunday Parking rules.

Online

Email the Department of Transportation.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

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, or in the same parking field to purchase a parking receipt.

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.

The Department of Transportation's PARK Smart program was created to free up parking spaces, increase public safety, and reduce double parking, pollution, and congestion.

By using peak and off-peak meter rates, motorists are encouraged to limit their parking time and travel during off-peak hours.

All PARK Smart meters can be identified by the PARK Smart logo and a yellow zone cap at the top of the meter. PARK Smart meters will accept City Parking Cards, credit cards, and quarters.

For the Greenwich Village, Manhattan PARK Smart meter rates are:

  • $5 per hour ($1 for 12 minutes) from 6 PM to 10 PM; and 
  • $3.50 per hour for all other times.

For the Park Slope, Brooklyn PARK Smart meter rates are:

  • $2 per hour (50 cents for 15 minutes) from 12 PM to 7 PM; and
  • $1 per hour for all other times            

All other parking regulations in the area remain the same according to posted time periods and duration. You will find the parking rate for a specific street location posted on the meters for that street.

Learn more about parking meter rates.