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Meter Rates AND OPERATING periods

Meter rates are subject to change. Rates are reflected on meter screen and posted operating hours apply to the side of the street where you park. 


parking operating hours and days

Parking operating hours and days regulate both meters and non-metered parking spaces. For meters, these are the hours and days when a meter requires a payment to park.  For non-metered spaces, these are the hours and days when parking is restricted by a time limit.

Generally, meters and time zone regulations are not in effect on Sunday. This means that meters do not require payment and there are no time limit restrictions at non-metered areas. However, all other parking restrictions are still enforced. 

The exception is Old Sacramento, where meters require payment every day of the week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Time limit restrictions are also in effect during those days and hours.

Due to regulations on some streets to accommodate programs such as Residential Parking Permits (RPP), operating hours and days may vary. Always check the posted signage on the section of the block where you park


Effective September 1, 2016, parking operating hours throughout the Central City are as follows:

Parking operating hours ending at 10 p.m. (formerly 6 p.m.)

  • Area 1: Streets from Front Street to the west side of 16th Street
  • All Residential Parking Permit zones in the the Central City  
    • Permit Areas: D,E,F,H,K,M,O,P,S,T,W

Parking operating hours ending at 8 p.m. (formerly 6 p.m.):

Parking operating hours ending at 6 p.m. (Areas with no changes):

Maps of Parking Operating Hour Changes


free meter holidays

Meter holidays are days when the meters are free, however time zones and other restrictions are still enforced unless otherwise posted.  In addition to these free meter days, the City of Sacramento also hosts a Free Meter Holiday Program to provide free parking at select metered locations in the evenings. Learn more about the Free Meter Holiday Program


meter locations

View the Parking Map for all meter locations



$1.75 for 1 hour

Long-Term Meters

$3 max for 10 hours
$6 max for 10 hours

General address range of $3 locations:

  600 -    800 T Street

2000 - 2200 8th Street

2000 - 2200 3rd Street

  700 - 1000 D Street

  300 11th Street


How Do Long-Term Meters Work?

Deposit coins or “add time” (when using a credit card) until the screen reflects the “max rate”. The meter will then not require any more money and you will be credited for the max hours on your receipt or meter screen.

Any time left over on your receipt upon leaving your parking space cannot be used to park at any other metered space. No refunds will be given for excess time.


Pricing Reference Guide (Download)

SacPark meters allow time extensions that allow motorists to park past the posted time limit when they find themselves unexpectedly . 

Tier 1: $1.75 per hour up to posted time limit (Base Meter Rate)

Tier 2:  $3.00 for next hour after Tier 1 expires

Tier 3: $3.75 for each hour parked thereafter

If using Parkmobile to make your initial parking payment, the app will remind you when any paid tier time is about to expire. The app will allow extensions of time from the app without the need to return to the meter. 


Accepted Currency

Single space digital meters (Duncan and MacKay) accept:

  • Quarters
  • Meter debit cards (must use correct card for meter type)

Pay & Display meters (green kiosks) accept:

  • Nickels, dimes, quarters and $1 coins
  • American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards

IPS Smart Meters

  • Nickels, dimes, quarters and $1 coins
  • American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards
  • Parkmobile (requires a credit or debit card)

Important Information

Payment for parking is required immediately after parking vehicle. Vehicles parked without payment may be subject to a citation per California Vehicle Code or the Sacramento City Code.

Payment for parking does not constitute an exclusion from other posted restrictions for that parking area. Please abide by all posted regulations.


Payments made with a credit card at any City of Sacramento smart meter  may now be viewed and printed online! 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 online by logging into the user account.  



malfunctioning meters

Malfunctioning meters should be reported immediately by calling the Sacramento City 311 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 916-264-5011 or dialing 3-1-1. 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 (Meter ID) 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.