Parking Meters

Changes to parking rates, time limits and hours of enforcement shown below went into effect 1/1/18

  1. Premium Meters
  2. Value Meters
Meter Premium Sign
Hours of Enforcement10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Time Limit3 hours
On street meters in the premium zone are in the highest demand parking areas of downtown and Railroad Square.  Park close to the main shopping/dining areas with a 3 hour time limit

Types of Meters

A parking meter may be either a single space meter or a multi-space parking pay station, which service 8-10 parking spaces depending on the location.  Each meter is marked to indicate the rate and maximum amount of time a vehicle may be parked in that location.  If you are unsure how long you will be parked, consider adding a little extra payment to avoid receiving an expired meter citation.

The multi-space parking pay stations issue a receipt for payment, which must be placed face-up on your vehicle dashboard.  Receipts from multi-space parking pay stations are not valid at single space meters.  You can display your valid multi-space parking pay station receipt at any other parking space served by a multi-space parking meter, provided you adhere to the posted time limits.  

Use Your Smartphone

All street and lot meters are equipped to accept smartphone payments through the Passport Parking App. This app allows you to pay with your phone, get notifications when your meter is about to expire, and add additional time (up to the maximum allowed) without having to return to your car.  Learn more on our Passport Parking page.

Parking Violations

A vehicle may park for the maximum amount of time allowed, after which, the vehicle must be moved from the block or parking lot.

Santa Rosa City Code (CC 11-24.020) states that it is unlawful to park in a metered space during operating hours if the meter time has expired or is in violation.

Need a Receipt?

Did you use your credit card at a credit card enabled single space meter and need a receipt?  We can email one to you.  Visit this link to get your credit card purchases emailed to you.

Free Meter Days

  • All Sundays     
  • New Year's Day: January 1
  • Martin Luther King Day: Third Monday in January
  • President's Day: Third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: First Monday in September
  • Veteran's Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day: Fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day: December 25

When a designated holiday falls on a Sunday, parking meters will be free on the Monday following that holiday, per Resolution 22199; May 2, 1995.


Contractors performing work in the Downtown or Railroad Square area may request to reserve a meter or metered space by calling 707- 543-3325 . You will need to provide the meter number(s) or location, the dates needed, and the scope of work being performed.

How to Use a Smart Meter

Watch this video to learn how to use our CC enabled smart meters. Please not that parking rates may vary than what is shown in the video, but the process remains the same.

Report a Broken Meter

To report a broken or malfunctioning meter, call 707-543-3346 or submit a service request online. The City regrets the inconvenience caused by a broken meter and will repair the meter as soon as possible.

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List of Parking Rates