Office Hours: 7:30-5:00

Visitors: On Street Parking

The Lancaster Parking Authority operates, maintains and manages 946 meters located throughout the City but primarily within the Downtown Investment District. All of the meters are electronic.


All of the meters require $.25 Cents for 10 minutes.

Operating Hours:

The meters are in effect from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. All meters have a 2 hour limit. The area in which meters are enforced on saturdays can be found here.

Coins Accepted:

The meters accept quarters, dimes and nickels and will register the appropriate proportion of time on the type of meter picture above. For the meter station pictured below, one dollar bills, 1 dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels as well as credit cards.

How to Use a
Multi-Space Meter Station

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Multi-Space Meter Stations

"How-To" Video

This type of parking system uses numbers assigned to each parking space which will be printed on the sidewalk. When you park your vehicle in one of these spaces, note the number of your space, then proceed to a multi-space meter and purchase the amount of time you will need. A benefit of the system is that you don't have to return to your vehicle to display the receipt on your dash. You just pay and go.

Parking Meter Malfunction:

If a parking meter malfunctions, please call the Parking Authority Office at (717) 299-0907and advise them of the problem. Please give the meter/space number and violation ticket number (if one was received) to determine the location so the meter can be checked.

Meter Space Leasing:

meter hoods for the coin operated meters or poles for the Kiosks may be leased for weddings, large events or for moving purposes. Spaces may also be leased to contractors for work being done and to business owners for projects being conducted. Meter spaces rent for $15.00 per day, Monday through Saturday. A deposit of $15 per space requested is required before spaces can be reserved. Please Call the office at (717) 299-0907 if any additional information is needed.

Parking Tickets:

Parking Tickets are handled by the Meter Enforcement Aides for the City of Lancaster Police. Read the Instructions on the ticket about options for payment and appeal. Any additional questions, call the traffic division at (717) 735-3425.


Off-street Booting of cars in the garages is handled by the Lancaster Parking Authority. On Street Booting is handled by the City of Lancaster Police Department. All towing is handled by the City of Lancaster Police. If your car is in a garage and booted, call the Parking Authority at (717) 299-0907, If you car is on the street, call the City Police at (717) 735-3425. You will be charged to remove a boot or for towing.
111 North Prince Street, P.O. Box 866, Lancaster, PA 17608-0866
Phone: 717.299.0907 :: Fax: 717.291.7296 :: Email Us