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Parking Meter Operations

The City manages approximately 5,700 metered parking spaces. The Office of the City Treasurer is responsible for the installation, repair, maintenance, monitoring and enforcing appropriate use of the spaces, and meter coin collection. The San Diego Police Department provides enforcement, and the Economic Development Department act as the City's liaison with the Community Parking Districts (CPD).

Parking meter rates, length of stay limits and hours of operation are variable and are adjusted to encourage turnover and maximize utilization. Adjustments are recommended by the affected CPD, reviewed and approved by Economic Development in consultation with other City departments, and implemented by the Office of the City Treasurer, Parking Meter Operations Program.


Meter Payment Options

The City of San Diego strives to remain technologically current and respond to user demand. We have implemented various methods of payment to keep up with technological trends.

Currently meters accept payments via:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover)
  • Mobile Phone Payment on meters displaying a blue Park Smarter sticker. Download the free Park Smarter app.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) payments such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay on certain enabled meters.
  • Coin