Welcome to the Parking Services website for the City of Fresno. This site will provide information regarding downtown parking, parking citations, parking meters, parking permits, and answer Frequently Asked Questions.
Meters & Rates
The City of Fresno has approximately 2,000 parking meters in the downtown area. Meters are for various periods of time including 30 minutes, 1 hr, 2 hr, 4 hr and 10 hr increments.
The price to park at a meter is $1.00 – $1.50 per hour depending on location.
The 2 hour meters in the Stadium and Convention Center areas become 4 hour meters after 6pm so they can be utilized during special events. Meters in the event areas that require payment during special events bear decals on both sides indicating when they are enforced.
Parking Services offers a prepaid meter “Smartcard”, which allows you to purchase meter time in advance that is stored on an electronic card and can be utilized at any electronic meter. If you don’t use all the time you put on your meter, it can be refunded! Meter cards are available for purchase at City Hall. Cards start at $30.00 (40 hours of meter time) plus $3.00 for activation. Additional time can be added at time of purchase or at a later date.
Parking meters are enforced from 6am-6pm Monday through Friday. Meters are enforced from 6am until 10pm in the Stadium and Convention Center areas when an event is taking place at either venue. Meters are free on weekends unless an event is taking place at the above mentioned venues. During weekend events, the 6am-10pm enforcement hours apply. Signs posted around downtown entry points and intersections advise whether or not the meters are enforced.
Meter Occupancy Permit
As of February 2014 the Parking Services Division offers a monthly Meter Occupancy Permit. It allows users to park at any City of Fresno Parking meter without depositing coins regardless of the posted time limit. The permit is a hangtag that can be shared by couriers, law offices, or those that regularly conduct business downtown. It is also available for sale to downtown employees and business owners. Permits are $150.00 per month. Call (559) 621-PARK (7275) for more information.
If you are performing construction or conducting a special event and need to pre-purchase parking meters for short periods of time (1-3 days usually), we will “bag” the meters to take them out of service for the public. This must be approved and paid in advance. Contact our office for more details at (559) 621-PARK (7275). You must provide the meter numbers to our office prior to processing.
The cost is $5.00 per meter per day, plus a flat $25.00 administrative processing fee.
Report a Faulty Meter
You can report a faulty parking meter by phone at (559) 621-PARK (7275) between 8am-4:00pm. You can also complete a “Request for Meter Check” form and fax it to our office at (559) 457-1259.
Residential Parking Districts
A Residential Parking District is a preferential parking area, next to a major parking attractor like a school, event venue, hospital, or government agency, where a special permit is required to park on the public street.
Signs in the Parking District will indicate the dates and times that the road is subject to enforcement. Each vehicle must have a permit displayed to be on-street during the applicable time periods. Those with DMV issued handicap placards and disabled license plates are exempt.
Parking Districts are created through the legal process outlined in the Fresno Municipal Code. Approval requires a certified petition of at least 50% of the homeowners on each block face, a public hearing, the approval of City Council, and significant monetary resources. If you are facing a parking issue due to heavy vehicle traffic on your street, contact your Councilmember to see what options are available.
How to Obtain a Parking Permit
Each eligible property may obtain ONE complementary parking permit per residence. To obtain the free permit, a residency document such as a lease agreement, PG&E statement, utility bill, or property tax bill must be provided along with photo ID matching the residency document.
Additional permits may be purchased at a price of $19.00 each. For each additional permit requested, a vehicle registration must be provided that matches the address of the Parking District property. Five (5) permits is the maximum per property.
If you are a renter, a student on a short-term lease, or a roommate with no aforementioned document, you must contact our office in advance to receive specific instructions on how to obtain your permit.
Permit Pick Up
All permits are issued at City Hall Parking Services during the hours of 8am-4pm Mon-Fri. PERMITS WILL NOT BE MAILED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. You may not send a proxy person to pick up your passes.
Contact our office with any questions
(559) 621-PARK (7275)
We accept cash, check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard/American Express for additional permits
If you work downtown and are interested in purchasing monthly parking, the options available to you depend on where you work. If you work for an agency other than the City of Fresno, you can contact SP Plus at (559) 264-2425 to purchase monthly parking at the City-owned lot or garage of your choice.
If you are a City of Fresno employee, where you park and how much you pay is determined by your work location, shift, permanent or temporary status, and your MOU. Inquire with your hiring point of contact or the Parking Services office at (559) 621-PARK (7275) for more information.
Effective February 2014, the Parking Services Division is selling a monthly permit valid for use at any City of Fresno parking meter, regardless of the posted time limit. The permit is a hangtag and can be shared by office staff, attorneys, or couriers. It is also ideal for those who make multiple stops downtown or stay for extended time periods. The permit is $150.00 per month, and goes on sale the last Wednesday of each month for the upcoming month. Contact (559) 621-PARK (7275) for more information.
Specialty permits such as alley or construction permits or visitor permits must be approved and purchased through Parking Services at City Hall. The City of Fresno Master Fee Schedule also allows for discounted parking at City parking facilities for events in the downtown area based on the venue or number of attendees. Contact (559) 621-PARK (7275) to see if your event qualifies.
Chukchansi Park is home to the Fresno Grizzlies and the Fresno Fuego. They also host a number of concerts and special events throughout the year.
Garages and Lots
City-owned lots and garages charge a flat $7 rate for stadium events. Garage #4 on Tulare Street/Fulton Mall and Garage #7 (the spiral) at Inyo/Van Ness all offer safe and convenient parking within walking distance of the stadium. Only season pass holders and the disabled may use the Stadium lot at Kern and H streets during baseball season.
Parking meters around the stadium are free to the disabled with a valid Disabled Persons Placard from DMV. All others pay the standard rate of $1.00 – $1.50 per hour during events. During fireworks shows, some metered spaces are not available for the protection of your vehicle and the access needs of emergency crews. Meters are identified with special gold decals indicating when payment should be made. Signs around the stadium also indicate whether or not meters are enforced.
Convention Center Parking
The New Convention Center Parking Structure features 5 levels and 1,565 parking spaces, including eight motorcycle spaces and 26 disabled parking spaces. The facility supports the Federal Courthouse, the Saroyan Theater, Selland Arena, the Fresno Convention Center, and various downtown businesses in the area.
Primary users such as Federal Courthouse employees will have access to monthly parking permits. Federal Jurors will also be able to use the structure AND receive validation for their parking through the Courthouse.
Visitors to the Convention Center complex that includes Valdez Hall, the New Exhibit Hall, Selland Arena, Saroyan Theater, and the Convention Center will be charged the special event rate of $10.00 when posted. If not posted, rates to use the garage are $3.00 for the first hour and $1.00 each additional hour. The maximum daily charge is $9.00. Fees must be paid at one of the PAY ON FOOT stations before the customer returns to their car. The pay on foot station takes cash or credit, and prints an exit ticket when the transaction is complete. The ticket is inserted at the control gate to exit the garage.
Additional Parking Options
The surface lot behind the Convention Center is not property of the City of Fresno Parking Division. Please direct concerns regarding the surface lot to Convention Center facility manager SMG at (559) 445-8100.
On-street and metered parking is also available in the area. Meters are enforced from 6am-10pm when a Convention Center complex event is taking place. Parking Meters are $1.00 – $1.50 per hour.
Businesses on the Fulton Mall offer parking validation for Mall specific lots and garages in the area. Validations are not good for metered parking stalls. Check with your local mall vendor to see what they provide.
Where to Park for Validation
The parking rate at City operated lots and garages is $3.00 for the first hour and $1.00 each additional hour. The daily maximum is $9.00. The facilities closest to the Fulton Mall are free on nights and weekends unless there is an event taking place at Chukchansi Park.
Parking validation is good at Spiral Garage #7 at Inyo and Van Ness, underground garage #8 underneath the mall, open air Garage #4 at Fulton and Tulare, and lot 2 (Broadway/Tuolumne) when stalls are available.
View more information about these lots and their locations by clicking here.
If you are a downtown business interested in purchasing reduced price validation stamps, contact Ace Parking at 264-6422 or stop by their office at 2115 Kern Street in the new Sportstown area at Kern and Van Ness.
Receiving a parking citation may come as a surprise to some people who are not aware they have committed a violation. You may research the violation you were cited for by accessing the Fresno Municipal Code or the California Vehicle Code.
Many questions related to parking citations can be answered under the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Parking citations can be appealed within 21 days of issuance and requests must be submitted in writing. Instructions for appeal are on the back of your ticket.
You may also appeal your parking citation Online. This option allows you to attach photos or supporting documentation for your appeal. Only non-delinquent citations are eligible.
Handicap/Disabled Person placard violation – Special Instructions
Paying Your Parking Citation
Parking citations can be paid at City Hall, by mail, online or by telephone.
Special Event Parking
For event venues such as Saroyan Theater, Valdez Hall, the Fresno Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, and Selland Arena, the Convention Center Parking Garage provides approximately 1,600 parking spaces. The garage is located at 707 “O” Street and is owned by the City of Fresno and operated by SP+. The event rate is $10.00 per vehicle unless otherwise posted.
For events at Chukchansi Park, the Stadium Parking Lot at 829 H Street, Spiral Garage #7 at 801 Van Ness, and Garage #4 at 1919 Tulare Street are all available. For most events, $7 is charged at these facilities. Certain premium events may exceed the $6 charge. When this applies, signs will be posted.
Meters with a gold 2hr/4hr decal are enforced during events. You can identify when enforcement takes place by observing the approximately 40 event signs at major downtown intersections and around entrance points to downtown. The rate to use these meters is $1.00 – $1.50 per hour. Meters without the gold 2hr/4hr decal are free.
The Parking Services Division handles abandoned vehicle abatement on public streets within city limits. The reporting party must suspect that the vehicle is inoperable due to extended periods of non-movement, a flat tire or missing windshield, the growth of weeds or collection of trash under the vehicle, or other identifying markers.
When reporting an abandoned vehicle, please provide:
Closest physical address
Reason vehicle appears abandoned
The initial inspection can take up to 10 business days due to the volume of calls our division receives. In cases where inoperability cannot be confirmed, the tires of the vehicle will be chalked and a 72 hour notice will be left. If the vehicle does not move from the chalked area within the designated time it is subject to be cited or towed. We do not tow on weekends or holidays.
Use of the public street for parking recreational vehicles such as motorhomes, trailers, or boats requires that these vehicles move 1/10th of a mile every 72 hours or they are considered abandoned as well. To avoid having your recreational vehicle tagged and possibly towed, store it at a private facility.