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How do parking meters work?

How do parking meters work?

You'll find meters throughout Boston. Here's what you need to know.

When are parking meters active?

Most meters are active Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please make sure to check the hours of operation when you park.

How long can you park in a metered spot?

You can only park for two hours, but some meters allow for more time. Please check the meter when you park.

What happens on Sundays and City holidays?

You can park for free and there are no time limits on how long you can park in a spot, but all other parking regulations are still enforced.

You can only park for free on the actual day the holiday occurs, not when the City recognizes the holiday. So, if New Year's Day is on a Saturday but offices are closed on a Friday, the free parking at meters only happens on Saturday.

How do you pay for parking at a metered spot?

Check the signs around the meter just in case you can't use the spot. To avoid getting a ticket, you must return to your car before the time expires on the meter.

You will find options to pay meters with quarters, dollar bills, credit cards, and the ParkBoston appIf a ParkBoston decal is on the meter where you parked, you can use the app. 

For Pay and Display meters, you must take the receipt from the meter and place it on the inside of your car's curbside window. 

What types of meters will you find in Boston?
IPS Single Space Meters
  • These meters are located throughout the City’s most popular shopping, business, and entertainment areas. This includes Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, Back Bay, and the South End.
  • All single space meters accept quarters, and debit or credit cards from MasterCard or Visa.
Parkeon Pay and Display Meters
  • These battery-operated meters are recharged by solar power and have instructions in both English and Spanish. Pay and Display meters accept quarters and credit or debit cards from Mastercard or Visa.
  • Please put the receipt on the inside of your car’s curbside window to show you’ve paid for the spot.
Still have questions? Contact:
Parking Clerk
617-635-4410
1 City Hall Square
Room 224
Boston, MA 02201-2007
United States
Still have questions?

Contact us at 617-635-4410.