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 below: Here.

Coins Accepted:

Single space meters accept quarters, dimes and nickels and will register the appropriate proportion of time. For the multi-space kiosk meters, one dollar bills, 1 dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels as well as credit cards are accepted.

Parking Tickets:

The Lancaster Parking Authority enforces and manages the city’s parking ordinances. Parking tickets can be written by the Lancaster Parking Authority enforcement officers or Lancaster Police meter enforcement aides. All parking tickets — written by both LPA enforcement officers and police meter enforcement aides — are paid at the LPA office located at 30 W. Orange St. Lancaster, PA 17603, or online here.


Off-street Booting & towing of cars in the garages and lots is handled by the Lancaster Parking Authority. On Street Booting & towing is handled by the City of Lancaster Police Department. If your car is booted or towed, call the Parking Authority at (717) 299-0907. You will be charged to remove a boot or for towing.

Multi-Space Meter Stations

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This type of parking system prompts users to enter their license plate number. When you park your vehicle in one of these spaces, note your license plate number, 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 – Accepts coins, bills, and credit cards!

Parking Meter Malfunction:

If a parking meter malfunctions, please call the Parking Authority Office at (717) 299-0907 and 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.