The Philadelphia Parking Authority monitors thousands of metered street parking spaces in the city, as well as neighborhood parking spaces. Here’s how to find the spot you want near your destination without leaving with a pesky parking ticket.
Pay attention to time limits and parking regulations to avoid expensive tickets. Philly has a nationally renowned public transit system, but even if you’re taking the subway you still need to know where to park. Here are some of Philly’s street parking rules to help you find the spot nearest your destination:
Here’s how to read the parking signs you’ll come across while parking in the city:
Green Section: This section indicates that parking is allowed. Only park on blocks with signs that have a green section.
Red Section: This section of the sign indicates when you can’t park there. Look out for no stopping or standing signs – and move your car quick!
Hour Restrictions: Only park for the number of hours allowed on the sign. Keep in mind that some parking spaces have two hour limits for parts of the day, but become three hour parking after a certain time. If you park in a space outside of the monitored hours, you can even park overnight.
No Standing: You’re not allowed to even idle your car in this space.
No Standing and No Parking: No parking means you can’t park and walk away, and no standing means you can’t sit in your car and idle.
No Stopping: Do not stop in this space at all or you risk a ticket.
Rush Hour: Pay special attention to parking signs during rush hour. If you park in a No Parking Zone at this time, your car will be ticketed and towed.
Your best bet parking downtown, if you don’t want to pay a meter, will be to travel a little farther towards the outskirts of the city. Otherwise, there is plenty of metered and garage parking downtown. Use this map to find the best spots near you or book a garage space ahead of time!
If you park in a metered space that is only monitored until a certain time, you’re able to park there overnight. The same goes for restricted parking in residential areas. Just make sure that when your two hours is up the next morning, you’ve moved your car to another spot.
Here’s a list of Philly’s most common parking tickets and their costs.
|Parking Violation||Non Center City &University City Areas||Center City & University City|
|Parked on Bridge, Viaduct, Tunnel Or Underpass||$26.00||$26.00|
|Parked in Bus Stop||$51.00||$76.00|
|Parked In School Zone||$36.00||$36.00|
|Moved Vehicle To Prohibited Area||$26.00||$26.00|
|Displaying Vehicle For Sale On Roadway||$301.00||$301.00|
|Commercial Washing Or Repairing Vehicle On Roadway||$301.00||$301.00|
|Disobey Signs – Stopping, Standing, Parking||$51.00||$76.00|
|Disobey Signs – Standing, Parking||$51.00||$76.00|
|No Parking Street Cleaning||$31.00||$31.00|
|Parked In Taxi Stand||$31.00||$31.00|
|Stopped Within Intersection||$51.00||$76.00|
|Stopped In Safety Zone||$51.00||$76.00|
|Disobey Sign -Stopping Prohibited||$51.00||$76.00|
|Parked Blocking Ramp For People With Disabilities||$76.00||$76.00|
|Too Close to Corner||$51.00||$76.00|
|Parked On Limited Access Highway||$101.00||$101.00|
|Disobey Signs – Prohibited Standing||$51.00||$76.00|
|No Parking Valet Zone||$31.00||$31.00|
|Overtime Valet Zone||$101.00||$101.00|
|Parked In Unmetered Space||$26.00||$36.00|
|Parked Improperly At Meter||$26.00||$26.00|
|Improper Motorcycle Parking||$26.00||$26.00|
|Damage Parking Meter||$301.00||$301.00|
|Parked In Space For People With Disabilities||$301.00||$301.00|
|Illegally Placed Ticket||$51.00||$51.00|
|Parked on Grass||$101.00||$101.00|
|Parking Snow Route||$51.00||$51.00|
If your car has been towed or booted, call 1-888-591-3636 to confirm it. They’ll be able to tell you exactly where your vehicle was taken. To retrieve your car, you’ll need to pay all outstanding parking tickets. Then, arrive at the impound lot with your driver’s license, proof of current insurance and vehicle registration, and a cashier’s receipt for the cost of the tow and storage charges.
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Third Monday of January|
|Easter Sunday||April 21|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday of May|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September|
|Thanksgiving||Third Thursday of November|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|Holiday Parking||Saturdays after 11AM from Thanksgiving to the New Year|