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Smart Meters

A new smart parking meter that accepts credit cards

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In February 2014, the City of Sacramento deployed 4,000 single-space, smart meters on the streets to offer drivers more convenient payment options. In addition to the traditional method of paying for parking with coins, these meters allow drivers the option of using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards. To learn more, view the smart meter frequently asked questions

The City of Sacramento offers affordable meter rates, including select locations with discounted long-term rates to accommodate those who work downtown. 

how to use a smart meter

Learn about what smart meters offer and watch this informative video! Please note that in any city, rate structures may vary, however the payment functionality of the meters is generally the same.



meter locations

All meter locations are available on the interactive parking map. The map may also be filtered to show the locations of specific meter types. 

do i need to pay the meter?

The meter rate is reflected on the meter screen. Smart meters utilize a tier-based rate structure that allows parking at the base meter rate until the posted number of hours is reached. Any parking session beyond that posted time will require additional payment. The tiered rates are displayed on the meter screen. Please read all the posted signage on the side of the street where you park to learn if a meter payment is required as regulations vary by location. Download and print the SacPark reference guide to learn how the tier-based rate structure works!  

On free meter holidays, the meter screen will reflect a message that no payment is needed. Generally, meters are free in the downtown core area on Sunday, with the exception of Old Sacramento. Meter rates are subject to change.

Method of payment depends on the meter type. Select smart meters now also take payment by cell phone or mobile app hosted by Parkmobile.  


NEED A RECEIPT or proof of meter payment?

Payments made with a credit card at any City of Sacramento smart meter may be viewed and printed online 24 hours after the transaction. To automatically receive an email receipt for future smart meter payments made by credit card, simply create an online account. Payments made using Parkmobile may be viewed and downloaded by logging into the user account.  

malfunctioning meters

Please report all malfunctioning meters immediately by dialing either 3-1-1 or (916) 264-5011 to reach the Sacramento City 311 service. Agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Meter stickers also reflect this contact number for your convenience. The agent will ask what meter number you are located at. The meter number is the located on the lower part of the meter screen. If you report your meter malfunctioning, you do not need to move your vehicle. If you receive a citation for non-payment of the meter and you believe the meter was malfunctioning, you may choose to contest the citation. A review team will research the meter number by checking Sacramento City 311 call logs and meter repair records to make a determination.