Jessica Fisher

Before Plugging the Meter Check the Timestay Limit

Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:11 p.m.

Before Plugging the Meter Check the Timestay Limit

Updated: 11/01/2017

Approximately 10,000 vehicles come downtown to park every day and there are only 3,000 on-street parking stalls. In an effort to increase turnover, Parking Enforcement officers monitor how long vehicles stay at a meter and individuals feeding/plugging meters.

With such a wide variety of downtown parking users (residents, employees, patrons, students, contractors, etc.) not everyone can park on the street. On-street parking is great for short-term stays and provides convenient proximity to local businesses. Off-street parking lots and garages are able to provide longer timestays and are perfect for downtown residents and employees. All metered parking downtown has timestay limits in place to help provide turnover in high congestion areas. This, in turn, helps all users of the system find available parking.

In October 2016, the Spokane City Council passed a resolution to increase timestay enforcement in the metered areas of the City to help facilitate traffic turnover and increase available parking for all users of the system. Following this resolution the City of Spokane ran a parking amnesty program from early May through October, educating all users about the importance of following meter timestays. Parking Enforcement officers monitored how long vehicles stayed at meters and individuals who plugged the meter or left their vehicles at the meter past the maximum timestay for that block face received a warning. In October alone, officers passed out 481 formal warnings to users parked beyond the time limit.

As of November 1, Parking Enforcement officers are giving $10 tickets for individuals feeding/plugging the meter past its listed timestay and $30 tickets to individuals whose vehicles stay over the allotted meter timestay. Here are some downtown parking tips to help you avoid getting a ticket:

  • Obey meter timestays; do not stay longer than the time listed on the meter.
  • If your meter runs out move your vehicle to another block face instead of feeding/plugging the meter
  • If your downtown stay will exceed the meter timestay, choose a meter with a longer timestay, a parking lot, or a parking garage. All of these options are available within walking distance of the downtown core.
  • Parking timestays only apply between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Park at a meter spot after 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday for free.
  • Park downtown for free on Sundays and select holidays.
  • Download the Passport Parking App for an easy and convenient meter payment option.
  • If you frequently visit downtown Spokane, look into buying a STA bus pass.

Get the answer to time stay and block face frequently asked questions. (PDF 111 KB)

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