4 Tips for Easy Parking on the Grid

Shea GuntherMaher

 Ditch the coins, use your card

Paying for on-street metered parking is super convenient with smart meters that accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards – as well as coins. There are over 1,500 on-street metered spaces located in the 66 block downtown district.

parkmobileYep, there’s an app for that

The City of Sacramento has teamed with Parkmobile to provide more options to pay for parking at select locations using a mobile app! You can set up a free account on Parkmobile.comYou can also search for parking by comparing price and location with BestParking.com.

Scout nearby garages offering flat rates

Don’t forget about public parking garages – there are over 20,000 off-street parking spaces in City-operated garages on the grid! Many garages charge only $1.50 for each half hour and $5 maximums on weekends, and many offer validations for purchases at downtown retailers and restaurants. You can also take advantage of flat rates and discount programs offered at nearby private parking garages. And don’t forget the DOCO garages are also available at 7th & K and 3rd & L.

Be aware of NEW meter rates & SPOTZone

Beginning Dec. 10, 2015, parking meter rates increased to $1.75 an hour. The rate increase is part of the City’s parking modernization effort to improve meter technology, promote turnover, and simply make parking more convenient.



A new parking pilot known as SPOTZone or Special Parking Over Time has also been implemented at select meters in Old Sacramento on Front Street at J Street and in the Handle District at 18th and L Streets. When parked in a SPOTzone, drivers will have the option of extending their meter beyond the posted time limit via mobile app at a premium rate determined by a tiered-rate structure.

For more information, read the latest parking update about the City’s parking improvements or visit sacpark.org.

[1] Free meter parking zones extend from I to L streets, and from Front to 29th streets, and only apply to metered on-street parking spaces. All other parking violations are still enforceable as posted, such as time limits, street sweeping, and color zones.