Parking meters

We operate over 8,300 metered parking spots in high-demand areas of the city.

About metered spaces

  • Meter rates, time limits and other restrictions vary across the city. They might even be different from one side of the street to the other. 
  • Every meter has this information posted at the space. Make sure to read it.
  • Snow emergencies and street sweeping override the use of parking meters. Stay informed.
  • Event rates may apply during events at:
    • U.S. Bank Stadium
    • TCF Bank Stadium
    • Target Field
    • Minneapolis Convention Center

Parking meter map

See where meters are located, how much they cost and when they're enforced.

How to pay

Parking pay station

Electronic payment

It's easy to pay with a debit or credit card (American Express, Visa or MasterCard).

Coin payment

You can still pay with coins, but U.S. quarters and dollar coins only. 

Do not use pennies, nickels or dimes — they will not add time to the meter.

There are 6 easy steps to parking at a meter:

  1. Park at a meter marked with a space number.
  2. Look at the time limit, hours enforced and any other restrictions and make sure to follow them.
  3. Note the space number.
  4. Find the nearest pay station (or use the mobile app).
  5. Follow the prompts to make your payment and print your receipt.
  6. Keep your receipt — it shows your space number and the time it will expire.

Problem with a meter

If you have trouble with a pay station, you can pay for your meter at any other nearby pay station using the space number. 

If a meter is defective or you have a question about meters:

A driver uses the MPLS Parking app to pay for parking

MPLS Parking app

Don't want to leave your car to pay for a meter? Skip the pay station by using our mobile parking app.

Free holiday parking

Metered spaces are free on City holidays

Note that we do not operate all metered spaces in the city. 

Always read the information posted at the meter. Some private entities operate their own meters and may have a different holiday schedule. 

  • Minneapolis Parks & Recreation
  • The University of Minnesota 
  • Some private entities, like hospitals

City holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. 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)
  • Indigenous Peoples Day (second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (last Thursday in November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving (last Friday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Contact us

Parking Services




33 Ninth St. N.
Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday