Parking Meters


The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department operates approximately 1,850 parking meters in the downtown, uptown, Capitol, and Phoenix College areas (see map). Meters are used to manage on-street parking to encourage the turnover of spaces for customers. Meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the hourly rate is $1.50.

Phoenix now has three types of meters in operation:
Parking MeterParking Meter Credit Card ReaderParking Meter Card Station
Single-space Digital Meters - these meters are the most common in use and will make up about 54 percent of all meters in Phoenix.  They only accept coins (nickels, dimes and quarters) for payment. Older meters will be phased out over time and replaced with newer, credit card-capable meters.Single-space Credit Card Meters - these easy-to-use meters make up about 39 percent of the total metered space inventory and are concentrated in the downtown core area, as shown on the map below.  All of the single credit/debit card meters have green tape around the meter post so that they can be easily identified when driving. There are also credit card logos posted on the meters.Paystations - these downtown meters are also easy to use and make up about 7 percent of the meter inventory.  They are used to serve an entire block of parking spaces and will accept coins or credit/debit cards. Your payment will correspond with your parking space number.   

New Paystations in Downtown Phoenix Are Easy as 1-2-3

Step 1: Remember your Space number and time limit when parking


ParkPHX Sign

Step 2: Look for PAY HERE sign on the block to find Paystation


ParkPHX Logo

Step 3: Follow the easy payment instructions located at the top of the Paystation



To report a problem with a parking meter, call 602-261-8090 or email


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Parking Meter Operations

For all parking spaces, make sure you are aware of the space time limit as shown on the parking meter or paystation sign.  Most spaces allow parking for one to two hours. Parking longer than the allowable limit may result in a fine per Phoenix City Code 36-155. Also, please keep in mind that parking at an inoperable meter may result in a ticket. Parking meter citations are issued to improve compliance. Without parking meter citations, these restrictions would frequently be ignored. Please note that if your citation is delinquent, you may owe additional penalties and interest that are not included in the amount due.

Accessible LogoAccessible Parking – Phoenix has several on-street accessible parking spaces throughout the downtown area.  Each space is clearly marked with a special sign with the international symbol of access.  Parking at an accessible space is governed by Phoenix City Code 36-149 and Arizona Revised Statute 28-884.

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership (DPP) works closely with the City of Phoenix on a variety of projects, including bringing new parking meters to downtown Phoenix.  DPP Ambassadors are recognized by their orange shirts and will be located throughout downtown to assist customers in using the new parking meters. 

The Ambassadors can be reached by phone until 11 p.m., seven days a week at 602-495-1500. Click here to visit the Ambassadors online.

Downtown Phoenix Partnership Ambassadors
"PARKPHX" a short program about credit card parking meters and pay stations, airs on PHX11. This program was produced by the Phoenix Street Transportation Department and is on demand.ParkPhx Video

Enforcement Holidays
Parking meters are not enforced on:
New Year's Day - January 1* Labor Day - First Monday of September
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday of JanuaryVeterans' Day - November 11*
Presidents' Day - Third Monday of FebruaryThanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday of November
Cesar Chavez Day - March 31*Christmas Eve (after 12:00 p.m. (noon)) - December 24*
Memorial Day - Last Monday of MayChristmas Day - December 25*
Independence Day - July 4* 

*The enforcement holiday date may change if the holiday falls on a weekend.



Your feedback on the city's parking meters is important. For comments on how we can improve, call 602-261-8090 or email