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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 (CPDs).

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.

Pre-Paid Parking Cards

In 1998, the City of San Diego began using Pre-Paid Parking cards at all meters. The Port of San Diego (link is external) parking meters, distinguished by a yellow pole, also accept City of San Diego Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards. City of San Diego Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards have been available in two increments: $10 and $45.

The availability of this specific stored value card has reached the end of its technology life. Once the current inventory of Pre-Paid Parking cards have been exhausted the cards will no longer be for sale. Please note that the parking meters will continue to accept payment from the cards.

The City of San Diego, Office of the City Treasurer, Parking Meter Operations Program has implemented a replacement payment option with the ability to pay for parking using your phone from any meter displaying a green Parkmobile sticker. You can download the free Parkmobile app here.

We will post regular updates on our Twitter page (@SDCityParking) providing the latest inventory levels of the Pre-Paid Parking cards until they are gone.

Where can I purchase remaining Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards?

See below for a list of locations to purchase Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards. You are highly encouraged to call ahead to verify business hours and to ensure cards are available.

Parking Administration
Plaza Hall - 202 C St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(866) 470-1308

Suki Day Spa (Downtown)
541 Fourth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 338-8088