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Parking Meters Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of parking meters enforcement?

Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., unless otherwise posted.

What should I do if the meter I park at is broken?

The best thing to do is to move to another meter and report the broken meter to the Parking Meter Shop at 800-808-5998. You will be asked to leave a message when calling this telephone number. Be sure to note the number on the parking meter before you call. The parking meter number can be found on a metal plate, toward the bottom of the meter, on the street side of the meter.

I am moving to a new apartment/condo/business and need to reserve a spot for the moving van. Can I get a permit from the City to "hood" one or more parking meters to reserve a parking space on the street?

No. Moving vans are required to pay meter fees.

Who do I contact to "hood" one or more parking meters for a special event?

Contact the City of San Diego Office of Special Events.

What is a Parking Meter Debit Card?

A pre-paid parking meter debit card, which resembles a phone card, is encoded with a computer chip that enables the public to purchase a predetermined amount of parking for use at the meters.

What do I do if my pre-paid parking meter card doesn't work?

Visit the Parking Administration Office at 202 C St, Plaza Hall, San Diego, CA 92101, to be issued a new card.

Where can I get information about the Parking Meter District Program?

Visit the Parking Meter District Program Web page.

For questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 866-470-1308 (Toll-free) or email