Parking meters are used in Downtown Saint Paul and other areas of the City where high parking demand requires regulating the use of on-street parking spaces. In these locations, parking meters generally facilitate the use of on-street parking spaces by short term parkers such as shoppers or someone coming into the area for an appointment. Long term parkers are encouraged to use parking lots, parking structures or more remote locations. Meter fees are used to help defray the cost of administration and parking enforcement.
Parking meters in the City of Saint Paul are enforced from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday, except for the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day (January 1 and federally observed holiday)
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (July 4 and federally observed holiday)
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day (November 11 and federally observed holiday)
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day Following Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day (December 25 and federally observed holiday)
Can I park for free for the Saturday Farmers’ Market?
Visitors to the Saturday Farmers’ Market in downtown Saint Paul are allowed to park at specially marked meters for two hours without payment on Saturdays from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM.
Once two hours have elapsed, payment is required and the time limit is enforced. Check the space marker or single-space meter to ensure that you are parked in a specifically designated Farmers’ Market space, or you could be ticketed.
Maps showing meter locations, rates, and time limits can be found here:
For information about off-street parking lots and ramps, visit
Saint Paul Smart Trips
Looking for instructions on using the new pay stations? Watch the video below for a step-by-step explanation and for information about their implementation.
Preloaded Parking Cards will be accepted at all City of Saint Paul parking meters when the meter implementation project is complete. For information on where to buy and how to use parking cards, read our Parking Card Guide.
Parking is not allowed at a meter while it is hooded unless specifically permitted.
To request meter hooding, contact the Public Works Right of Way Section by phone at
(651) 266-6151 or via e-mail at
With the exception of yellow 30 minute meters, persons with disability parking license plates or certificates may park at meters free of charge for up to four hours. Discounted rates are available for those requiring all-day parking.
Call (651) 266-6200 or visit the Disability Parking at Meters webpage for more information.
|Frequently Asked Questions
What is a multi-space meter? Where can you reload a parking card? Why are some meters painted yellow or red? Find the answers to these and many other questions in our Metered Parking FAQ.