Parking & Access Management

There are many areas to park in Boulder, including downtown garages, neighborhood parking, street and parking lots, and accessible parking spaces.

The City of Boulder supports the community’s social, economic, and environmental goals by providing a variety of options for access, parking, and transportation, including:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Travel Demand Management
  • Parking Permit Management
  • Parking Enforcement

Street Parking & Pay Stations

On-street pay station and meter parking is available throughout the downtown, University Hill and Boulder Junction areas. Most downtown, University Hill and Boulder Junction meters have a three-hour parking maximum.

Longer Parking

Longer-term pay stations and meters (4 and 10 hours) are located at 8th and Pearl streets, and on 13th and 14th streets between Canyon *Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue.

Pay for On-Street Parking

Pay by phone using ParkMobile

Using ParkMobile allows you to pay for parking at ParkMobile enabled pay stations, or by phone, making it easier than ever to skip the meter and go contactless. When using ParkMobile you choose how long you want to park and pay for that amount of time. When the expiration time approaches, you can receive a text alert allowing you to extend your time (within the maximum time limit for that area). Advantages include:

  • Decreased chance of parking fines with text message expiration reminders sent to your cell phone.
  • A new smart phone app which enables all of the capabilities of the service with the touch of a button.
  • A 1 hour minimum is in place for all transactions processed through ParkMobile.
  • Parking receipts via email/text message.
  • A $.35 transaction fee will apply for each transaction.
  1. Pay by App

    Download the app and create an account with ParkMobile.

    • The full-featured app for iOS and Android provides the most complete parking experience.
    • You can pay for parking or make a pre-paid reservation.
  2. Pay by Web

    New lightweight mobile web experience lets you quickly pay for parking without downloading the full app.

  3. Pay by Text
    • Text “PARK” to 77223 and you will be able to quickly start a parking session.
  4. Google Pay with Google Maps

    Pay with ParkMobile right in the Google Pay app. Plus, quick links from Google Maps make it easy to navigate and start a parking session.

Pay Station Rates & Hours

Meter feeding is prohibited. Vehicles parked at a meter for longer than the maximum time posted on the meter—even if the meter still has time on it—will receive a ticket. This practice encourages turnover of parking spaces for customers, clients and visitors to downtown.

  • $1.25 per hour
  • 25¢⁄12min · 50¢⁄24min · 75¢⁄36min · $1.00⁄48min
  • Enforced: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Monday - Saturday
  • Saturdays: No maximum
  • Sundays and city holidays: Free

Note: No overtime parking tickets will be issued within five minutes of valid receipt expiration time.

ParkMobile FAQs

  • Less chance of parking citations. Parkmobile can send reminders by text message to your cellular phone – just check the box in your profile to receive reminder messages.
  • Pay for parking via a smart phone application
  • All you need is: cell phone, credit card or PayPal account, and your car's license plate number to register. The smartphone application can save vehicle information, credit card or PayPal account numbers, and various parking zone locations.

  • Drivers register online/via a smart phone application. Download the app here or call the toll-free number on the sign located near the pay station.
  • When you park in your space, use the Parkmobile smartphone application or call the toll-free number indicated on the lot sign. Key in your zone number, located on the sign near the pay station. This number is different for every parking zone and can be saved via the smartphone app. Select the amount of time you wish to park.
  • If time-limits apply in the space where you parked, Parkmobile will send a text 15 minutes prior to the expiration of your paid parking. You may select to add more time or return to your car on time.

When you register, you sign up to pay by credit card or PayPal using our secure site. Payments are usually posted the same day, so you can login to your Parkmobile account and see your parking transactions on your Parkmobile page.

It depends on where you are parking. A toll-free number is posted at every site, or download the app and it will save you time.

It depends on the parking restrictions in the area in which you've parked. Your parking transaction will continue until you deactivate it or until the maximum time runs out.

Contact Parkmobile right away. Give them the details and they’ll help you sort it out.

When you use the mobile app or call to start the parking session, you key in a zone number. Parkmobile’s system recognizes your cell phone number, connects it to your license plate number and activates your parking in that zone. The parking officer verifies your parking session by matching the license plate to the zone number.

Parkmobile cannot stop parkers from parking in the wrong place or taking up two spaces or any other violations that may apply. Avoid tickets and towing by activating your parking session, and don’t overstay the posted time limit. Please read the posted signage in each area to be certain the Parkmobile is in effect at the time you are parking.

Our new on-street parking pay stations no longer require you to display a paper receipt. All you need is your license plate number. Paying by phone means you don't need to walk to a pay station to pay or enter your license plate. As long as you use the pay by phone system correctly, you should not be fined. See the question above regarding parking officers.

The Parkmobile system is PCI DSS level 1 compliant and your Parkmobile personal page is SSl 256 encrypted.

Normal hourly parking charges apply plus a $.35 convenience charge per every transaction you make.

No additional charge for the service. (Check your cell phone plan. Some cell phone providers may charge you to receive text messages.)

You can go online to your Parkmobile personal page anytime to make changes to your account, review parking charges, print parking transactions or export data to another format.

Look for the green Parkmobile signs!

Accessible Parking

Reserved accessible parking is provided in designated street spaces as well as downtown Central Area General Improvement District (CAGID) parking structures. These spaces are signed and marked, limiting use to vehicles displaying a valid disabled placard/license plate.

Note: The fine for parking in a reserved accessible space without a valid disabled placard/license plate is $112.

Parking Enforcement

There are 10 parking enforcement officers on Boulder's downtown streets, on University Hill, Boulder Junction, Chautauqua, and in the neighborhoods surrounding these destinations. Illegal parking complaints are enforced citywide. Enforcement hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Common violations:

  • Failure to pay, or exceeded paid time in pay parking areas;
  • Expired or no license plates;
  • Safety violations (i.e. too close to crosswalk, alley, hydrant).

Report an Illegally Parked Vehicle

Working hours

  • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, please email ParkingServices@BoulderColorado.gov or call 303-413-7300
  • For pressing parking concerns, please call non-emergency Police Dispatch at 303-441-3333. ​

After hours

  • 4:30 p.m. – 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, and during weekends, contact non-emergency Police Dispatch at 303-441-3333.

Further information

  • Neighborhood Parking Permit zones are enforced, please be aware of the parking signage and ordinances when parking your vehicle.
  • Concerns about interaction with parking officers should be directed to Leo Pelle, Parking Enforcement Supervisor, pellel@bouldercolorado.gov.

Pay a Parking Ticket

Terms

You must pay or arrange to dispute your parking ticket within 14 calendar days from the violation date set forth on your ticket.

How to pay

  1. Pay online
  2. Pay by phone
    • Call 303-441-4212 and pay using a MasterCard/Visa
  3. Pay by mail
    • Follow the mailing instructions on your ticket.
    • The court accepts payment via personal check, money order, cashier's check, or MasterCard/Visa.
    • If you are paying by check or money order, make it payable to "City of Boulder" and be sure to reference the ticket number located on the top of the ticket. Please do not send cash through the mail.
  4. Drop-off payments
    • Drop off your payment in the drop box located at the parking lot entrance across the street from the Boulder Municipal Court.
    • Acceptable forms of payment are personal check, money order, cashier's check, or MasterCard /Visa.
    • If you are paying by check or money order, make it payable to "City of Boulder" and be sure to reference the ticket number located on the top of the ticket. Please do not drop off cash in the drop box.
  5. Pay in person
    • You may pay in person at the Boulder Municipal Court from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Acceptable forms of payment are personal check, money order, cashier's check or MasterCard/Visa.
    • Cash is also accepted for in-person payments only.

Contact

  • Boulder Municipal Court
    Phone: 303-441-4212
    Fax: 303-441-1811

Appeal a Parking Ticket

Broken meters

  • For tickets received as the result of a broken meter, please call the Violations Bureau at 303-441-4212 in order to start the process for a meter check.

Documentation

Proper documentation is essential to reviewing your appeal. Please be sure to include documentation for the following types of violations which require proof to be submitted with the appeal:

  • If you are appealing a No Valid Plate ticket, you must include a copy of your current registration or the appeal will not be reviewed.

  • If you are appealing a Permit violation of any type, you must include a copy of your valid permit or the appeal will not be reviewed.

  • If you are appealing a Handicap violation and have a valid and current handicap placard, you must include a copy of the placard with your appeal.

You can attach scanned documents or pictures with your online appeal.

Get the form

Submit your appeal

  1. Online

    Please note: If you received a ticket today, it may not be in the database until the next business day. If you cannot retrieve your ticket after waiting one business day, please contact the Violations Bureau at 303-441-4212).

  2. Fax
    • 303-441-1811
  3. Mail
    • Boulder Municipal Court
      Violations Bureau
      PO Box 8015
      Boulder, CO 80306
  4. Drop In
    • 1777 Sixth St.
      Boulder, CO 80302
  5. Drop Box
    • Located across the street from the Justice Center on Sixth Street and is checked daily.

Denied appeals

If your parking appeal is denied, you have the right to request to set your case for trial.

Contact

  • Boulder Municipal Court
    Phone: 303-441-4212
    Fax: 303-441-1811

Broken Parking Meter or Pay Station

If a pay station or meter is not functioning properly

  • The maximum time limit on the pay station or meter is enforced even if the display is not functioning.
  • If a pay station is broken or malfunctioning, please pay at the next closest pay station.
  • We do not recommend that you park at a broken or malfunctioning meter because the problem may correct itself and the meter may begin functioning.

Report pay station or parking meter issues

The maintenance and meter technician staff on-duty schedule is Monday – Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9. p.m.

  1. Online
  2. By phone
    • To report parking meter issues, or if you have a question or concern regarding Community Vitality Parking & Access Management maintenance operations, please call 303-413-7300, option 3.

Parking Permits: Purchase, Refill or Renew

Types of permits

Purchase, refill, or renew the following types of permits:

Purchase, refill, renew

  1. Online
    • The easiest way to manage your permits is through the City of Boulder online parking portal
      • Instructions for using the portal can be found here.
    • The parking portal provides fillable PDF forms to fill out, save and upload, or you can fill and upload one of the forms listed above.
  2. Email or phone
    • Fill out and save one of the forms listed above and then email it to ParkingServices@BoulderColorado.gov
    • Alternatively you can call 303-413-7300 and purchase, refill, or renew a permit with one of our agents.

Neighborhood Parking Permit Program (NPP) permits

The Neighborhood Parking Program has a separate process to purchase and renew resident, business employee, and commuter permits.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule online

While we no longer require an appointment for service, we strongly encourage customers to do so. Appointments cut down on wait times and repeat trips and facilitate a more efficient process for customers and staff. Additionally, most services can be completed via phone, email or through the City of Boulder online parking portal.

In-person services are necessary for EcoPass pickup, Special Activity Permits, Alpine-Broadway booklets, No Parking signs, and services where staff signatures are required.

Schedule by phone or email

Office closure

  • Community Vitality Parking & Access Management Office is closed on federal holidays
  • Parking on those days is free at city garages, parking lots and on-street

Online Parking Portal

Logging In

Visit the Online Parking Portal homepage here.

  • If you have never purchased a parking permit from the City of Boulder, you will need to create a new account, by clicking LOGIN and then clicking "create one" at the top of the page.
  • If you have purchased a parking permit in the past, but never used the portal, please contact our Customer Service team and you will be provided with temporary login credentials.
  • If you have used the portal before, but have forgotten your password, please click the "Retrieve your account information" link at the top of the login page.

Our team is available to assist with any issues you may encounter via phone or email.

Request a Permit or Apply for a Wait List

You will need to be approved before being able to purchase a parking permit or apply for a wait list.

The approval process varies slightly depending on the type of permit you are requesting. The portal has instructions and details on what is needed for the type of permit or wait list you are applying for.

Should you have questions about any requirements, please contact our team and we are happy to help.

Purchasing your Permit(s)

You will receive an email from Ticket_Response@bouldercolorado.gov that will notify you if your permit request has been approved.

  • A response will be sent within 2 business days.
  • Please make sure to check your junk/spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox.

Once you've been approved, you will be able to log in and purchase your permit by clicking "Get Permits". Please read the on-screen instructions carefully.

Managing Account Info and Third Parties

You can access your account information by clicking on your name in the upper-right hand corner of the screen and then clicking "Manage Your Account Information"

  • To update your address or phone number, you will need to contact the customer service team.
  • You may add a new address or phone number at any time.
  • You can remove and/or update your email address at any time.

If you are a Third Party customer, a quick reference guide on functionality can be found here.

Construction & Event Parking Permits

In areas with metered & pay station parking:

  • All permits should be displayed during construction, media events, and special activities and be within proximity of the event but for no more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Special activities include: weddings, funerals, bus loading and mobile medical facilities.

Dash Permits:

  • Are only issued in areas with pay stations and meters
  • Do not reserve a parking space
  • Allow for prepaid parking beyond a posted maximum time limit
  • Must be properly and visibly displayed on the passenger side of the front dashboard of the vehicle at all times

Signs:

  • Are only issued in areas with pay stations and meters
  • Secure a specific parking space, series of spaces, or an entire block
  • Must be posted 24 hours in advance of project or event in paid spaces, and 72 hours in non-paid areas. Signs must remain posted through the project or event.
  • Must be used in conjunction with dash permit(s)
  • Sign Front(s) - Reserved area must be clearly stated
    Sign Back(s) - Initials, date, and time posted
  • Must be attached to existing City of Boulder street poles with string, wire, or plastic ties (not tape) and posted as to be seen by an ordinarily observant person
  • Must not prohibit use or visibility of any pay station or meter.

Hoods:

  • Secure a specific parking space or series of spaces in areas where single space meters exist
  • Cannot be used at ½ hour or accessible parking meters
  • Customer must provide padlock(s) to fasten onto pole(s).

Fees

All products may be issued on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and should be used during the hours that meters are enforced. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday.

  • Dash Permits: $12.50/day
  • Signs: $.50/ sign (with purchase of Dash Permits)
  • Hoods: $12.50/day. A $50 deposit/Hood is required.

Deposits are refunded if Hood resembles condition when issued; and within five business days after expiration of permit. Deposits will not be refunded due to loss or damage of Hood.

If parking issues occur, please contact 303-413-7300, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All other times: 303-441-3333