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FAQ
Can I park at a space with a broken meter?
Can I feed the meter?
Can I park at a meter overnight?
How do I find out about parking bans in downtown Providence?
Can tickets be paid online?
Who should I contact with general questions about parking?
Where should I park for the train station?
Where should I park for Waterfire? 
Which lots offer monthly parking for employees?
What are typical event rates?


Can I park at a space with a broken meter?
If you experience problems with your meter, call the Parking Administrator’s office at (401) 781-4045, and specify the meter location and number. You may park at that location, but the posted time limit will be enforced. To report a broken meter, you may also fill out a service form on the city’s new 24-hour assistance program, PVD311. If you experience problems with a multi-space meter, go to another multi-space meter nearby to pay for parking, and place the printed ticket in your window. Please inform the city about the broken meter, using the contact information listed above.


Can I feed the meter?
No. The city strictly enforces the posted time limits to encourage turnover at the meters. For long term parking, please park in one of the off-street lots or garages.


Can I park at a meter overnight?
No. Overnight parking is not permitted in downtown Providence. Please park in a 24-hour lot or garage, identified with a  symbol in our online directory.


How do I find out about parking bans in downtown Providence?
Visit the city’s website, and click on the Department of Public Works. You may also call the department at (401) 467-7950 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


Can tickets be paid online?
You can pay your tickets online. Go to the city’s website, and click on “Payments” in the “Top Requested” section on the right side of the page. By clicking on “Parking tickets,” you will be directed to the City of Providence Online Ticket Payment System. Simply enter your ticket or notice number in the box, and hit “submit.” Follow the payment directions, and note that you will be charged a small convenience fee. If you have questions, contact Providence Municipal Court, 325 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 or call (401) 243-6414.


Who should I contact with general questions about parking?
You may call the City Parking Administrator at (401) 781-4045 or visit the city’s parking FAQ page.


Where should I park for the train station?
There are several meters along Park Row West, Canal Street, North Main Street, and other streets nearby. If you need to park for more than 2 hours, you should park in a lot. Several are located within a few blocks (including the Providence Place Garage). They can all be found on our interactive parking map.


Where should I park for Waterfire?
You have plenty of options within walking distance of the Providence River. On-street spots are available downtown and on College Hill, along Benefit Street. Large indoor garages, like Providence Place and the Rhode Island Convention Center, also offer thousands of spaces. Visit the Waterfire website for more directions.


Which lots offer monthly parking for employees?
Many downtown lots offer discounted monthly rates for employees. They are identified with a   symbol in our online directory. Please call the phone numbers listed to find current rates.


What are typical event rates?
Event rates vary. Visit our online directory to find parking near your intended destination, and call ahead to find out the special event rates.