Known as the "Mile-High City," Denver is an up and coming urban metropolis and one of the most populated cities in the Mid-West. With so many people flocking to the city, parking in Denver is becoming harder and harder to find. That is why ParkMe has put together some useful parking tips to help you find the best Denver parking spots all year round.
Searching for parking in a particular neighborhood? Click the links below to find the best parking spots in Denver.
Winter Parking: During the winter months a lot of snow piles up in Denver, making parking even more scarce as everyone competes for a covered parking spot. With an average of 62 parking spaces per lot, you don't want to get caught stuck in the snow. Plan ahead and check the ParkMe map to find covered parking lots.
Parking Meters: Parking meters in Downtown Denver cost around $1 per hour with a 2 hour time limit. Denver has many newly installed "Smart Meters" that now accept credit cards in addition to coins, making paying faster and easier. Meters cost $1 per hour between 10pm & 2am and $0.50 per hour between 2am & 6am. Parking is FREE between 6am & 8am and on Sundays. This Denver parking meter map will show you exactly where to park.
Motorcycles and Scooters: You can park up to 4 motorcycles in one street meter spot. The meter time will apply to all the vehicles parked in that space, so if the time expires, every motorcycle will receive a ticket! If you are riding a scooter that is 50cc or less, you can legally park on the sidewalk.
*special thanks to ParkMe user David Austin for his tips
Pro Parking Tips:
Pro Tip 1: The newly installed Smart Meters around Downtown Denver, accept bills, coins, and Debit/Credit Cards. Don't have the exact amount of cash? Don't worry, these new meters can even return exact change!
Pro Tip 2: There are several places on the edges of Downtown Denver where you can legally park on the street for free. Be careful to read the signs! Many neighborhoods will have some parking restrictions or may even require a parking permit.
Denver Parking Tickets
Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains, Denver, CO, the capital and largest metropolitan city of the Mile-High state, has transformed into a lively urban city center within the last few decades. But as the city and number of attractions grows, so does the fight to find a parking space, as well as the number of parking tickets issued. Parking has become such a serious issue in Denver that in one day 5,113 parking tickets were issued! Don’t get caught with a ticket by reading our tips below on how to deal with Denver parking tickets.
The most common ticket issued around Denver is for meter violations. Staying after your meter has expired or after the posted time limit will land you a $25 ticket. Unfortunately, you can no longer “feed the meter” in Denver, so if the meter you’re at has a 2 hour time limit, regardless of whether or not you put in more money after those 2 hours, you will be ticketed. Park on the street during street sweeping and you’ll get slapped with a $75 ticket. Make sure to read the street signs and move your car accordingly!
If you have 3 or more outstanding citations, a seizure warning notice will be issued, and a boot may be placed on your car. To remove the boot you will need to pay all outstanding citations IN FULL. If your vehicle is booted for more than 72 hours without payment, it will be considered abandoned and towed to impound. Go to the Denver website for more information on Boot Removal and how to pay off your fines.
If your vehicle is towed, there is a $100 tow fee you must pay on top of any other citations attached to your vehicle. However, in Denver, towed cars are NOT automatically impounded. They are often relocated to another spot and parked legally. This will save you extra money on impoundment and storage fees. To find your relocated car, call the Denver Police Non-Emergency line to locate it (720) 913-2000 (when you get the recorded message, hit 0 for the operator, they will look up your vehicle’s location).
Pay a Denver Parking Ticket:
If you decide to pay your parking ticket, there are 5 ways to pay: online, by phone, at a 24/7 kiosk, by mail, and in person. You have 20 days from the date the ticket was issued to pay or contest your parking ticket before late fees are applied. If your citations remain outstanding, you may be referred to a collection agency, which will impact your credit rating. For more information on payment options click here.
You can pay online by check or Visa/Mastercard. Go to the site and enter your 8-9 character citation number to look up your citation information. You may use the online service to pay for BOOTED VEHICLES, but you must pay in person for towed vehicles. This online payment service is available 24/7. There is a processing fee of 2.5% of the amount of your transaction added to online payments.
To pay by phone using Visa/Mastercard, call (866) 280-9988. There is a processing fee of $3 added to each phone transaction.
At a 24/7 Kiosk
There are currently 2 payment kiosks available at the Wellington Webb Building, one outside (open 24/7) and one inside (open during business hours). Kiosks accept payment by Visa/Mastercard and check (NO CASH!).
To mail in a payment by check, money order, or cashiers check, send payment along with the payment coupon from your mailed notice to:
Parking Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 46500
Denver, CO 80201-6500
Remember to write the ticket number(s) on the check or money order!
To pay in person go to the Parking Cashier’s Office, on the first floor of the Wellington Webb Building located in downtown Denver at:
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For parking citations you may pay with cash, check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard.
For boot payments you may pay with cash, money order, or Visa/Mastercard (NO CHECKS!).
How To Contest a Ticket:
If you wish to contest a Denver parking ticket you have 2 options:
Download, complete and return the Complaint and Investigation Form to the Parking Violations Bureau. You will receive a response via US Mail.
Appear before the Parking Magistrate.
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
For more information on contesting your ticket, visit the Denver PVB website, or you can call the Parking Violations Bureau hotline at (866) 280-9988 or email the Parking Violations Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips For Contesting a Ticket:
Parking signs in Downtown Denver can be very confusing, especially in regards to overnight parking. While overnight parking is “allowed,” don’t assume that it’s free! There is a reduced rate for parking after 10pm. Read both the overhead signs and meter stickers for payment information and parking restrictions. Never rely on just one!
Once you get a ticket you have 20 days to pay or contest it before the fine is DOUBLED!
Know Your Parking Rights:
Posted signs are enforceable within 100 feet. If you are parked on the street, check signs 7-8 cars in front and in back of your spot to know the parking regulations there.
You cannot park in one place for more than 72 hours or the car will be considered to be an abandoned vehicle. To avoid getting towed or ticketed you must move your car at least 100 feet away after 72 hours on a public street.
Pay attention to signs! Some parking regulations are only enforced during certain times of the year - street sweeping takes place once a month from April through November in residential areas.