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How much does it cost to park at a meter?

It costs $2 per hour to park at a parking meter. All meters take coins and credit or debit cards. You can also pay-by-phone using the Parkmobile app at most meters.

When do I have to pay to park at a meter?

Meter hours in the City of Oakland are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking is free on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - Third Monday of January
  • President’s Day - Third Monday of February
  • Memorial Day - Last Monday of May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - First Monday of September
  • Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

If the holidays falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a parking holiday.

Types of Meters
Smart Parking Meters Multi-Space Parking Kiosks
Photo of new parking meter heads being installed in May-July 2014photo of multi-space parking kiosk used by the City of Oakland in many commercial areas

The City of Oakland has converted all 3,800 existing single-space parking meters across Oakland to state-of-the-art Smart Parking Meters.

The Smart Parking Meters allow motorists to pay for parking using coins, credit/debit cards or their cell phones.

Click here to watch a video on how to use the meters using a credit/debit card or coins.

Click here for more information on the new meters, including frequently asked questions.

To setup an account and download the Parkmobile pay-by-phone mobile app, visit https://parkmobile.io/. Accounts may also be setup by calling (877) 727-5718. Please note the vendor does charge a 35¢ fee per transaction. Motorists who use this app can add additional minutes to their meter directly from their phones and opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes prior to meter expiration.

Parking kiosks accept payment by coin or credit/debit card. After paying, place the receipt on your dashboard so the date and time are visible.

Unexpired receipts from these machines may be used at any metered parking spot until the time printed on the receipt.

Many of the kiosks also accept pay-by-phone via Parkmobile. See additional information to the left.