City Parking Meter Hours
Monday through Saturday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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 SmartphoneAll 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.
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.
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
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.
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.