Parking Meters

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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 parking pay station, which serves 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 at that location. If you are unsure how long you will be parked, consider putting in a little extra money to avoid receiving an expired meter citation.

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.

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.

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