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  • PARKING SERVICES OFFICE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED:  The Parking & Access front office has moved temporarily around the corner within the 1500 Pearl parking garage building, to the police annex office location at street level on 16th Street, 1500 Pearl St., Suite E, during the main staircase (north staircase) replacement (around the corner from the Organic Sandwich Company at the corner of 16th & Pearl). The public may continue to schedule appointments and contact staff via email or the phone through the duration of the north staircase replacement. Project is wrapping up and staff will move back to the main office on the third level on Monday, May 17.

    In-person services are by appointment only , and most services can be completed via phone, email or through the City of Boulder online parking portal. 

    Changes include "pay by license plate" and no more printed paper receipts to place on vehicle dashboard

    Older parking pay stations around Boulder have been replaced with new pay stations offer a “pay by license plate” parking system, offering customers an enhanced user experience, while helping the city meet sustainability goals. Drivers enter a vehicle's license plate numbers into the easy-to-use, solar powered pay stations and complete the transaction (or continue to use mobile parking apps like ParkMobile or WayToPark). No paper receipt is printed and there is no need to go back to the vehicle and place a receipt on the dashboard (and no paper waste either). License plate recognition (LPR) technology is used for parking management and enforcement, which is more efficient and increases parking turnover and access to on-street parking spaces. The new touch screen pay by plate pay stations accept payment in coin, credit or debit card (including Downtown Boulder Partnership Gift Cards), with a 9.7” full color touch display that is accessible by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Touch screen display walks users through the transaction process.

    The steps to purchase parking time using the pay stations are: (1) Press the start button, (2) Enter your license plate # and amount of parking time you wish to purchase , (3) Pay with a credit card, Downtown Boulder gift card or coins, (4) Confirm selection with the green arrow.

    View New Parking Pay Stations Purchase Instructions PDF

    Questions? Please contact the Parking & Access customer service team at 303-413-7300, or email: [email protected]

  • Parking & Access Office closed on federal holidays; parking free at city garages, lots and on-street
    Upcoming city-recognized holidays: Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day); Monday, July 5 (Independence Day holiday publicly observed); Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day); Thursday, Nov. 11. Parking is free at city parking garages, parking lots and on-street pay parking areas on city-recognized holidays.
  • For more details on how to participate, please click here.

  • Parking enforcement - regular enforcement operations and curbside parking incentives :
    To support businesses and curbside pick-up/takeout options, parkers may use the signed and designated Curbside Pick-Up Zones (see photo below) for free 10 minutes of parking time around town for free short-term parking to facilitate curbside pick-up, takeout and delivery at retailers and restaurants. The 10 minutes does not require any logging in with a parking pay station or app like ParkMobile, however, it is highly encouraged that you log into ParkMobile and choose Zone 95001 for your free 10 minutes in the loading zone. For on-street parking enforcement, the grace period before receiving a citation once your time runs out is  5 minutes. 

  • Parking in the city garages is the easiest way to park without knowing exactly how long your visit will be, as you pay based on time upon leaving. The parking rate is $1.25/hour for the first 4 hours, and then rises to $2.50/hour after that. Additional incentives for parking in city garages downtown are

    • $3 from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. flat rate on weekdays
    • Free parking in the garages on weekends and holidays

    For pressing parking concerns, please call non-emergency Police Dispatch at 303-441-3333. ​Overnight parking is not allowed in the garages (no parking between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily), and violators will be booted or towed (B.R.C. 7-7-2) and charged. Neighborhood Parking Permit zones are enforced, please be aware of the parking signage and ordinances when parking your vehicle.   

  • Parking maintenance :
    The maintenance and meter technician staff on-duty schedule is Monday – Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9. p.m. Should you have a question or concern regarding Community Vitality Department maintenance operations, please call 303-413-7320.  

  • Staircase Replacements Project at 1100 Spruce and 1500 Pearl underway; solar panels on rooftops are now complete!
    Two exciting projects have been happening at the City of Boulder's 11th and Spruce, and 15th and Pearl parking garages. Both projects provide needed improvements (staircase replacements) and welcomed enhancements (solar panels / additional covered parking on the roofs). More details are available at:

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  • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.