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Parking Meter Locations and Rates

Parking Rules: What You Need to Know

Broken Meters

Ways to Pay

Further Information

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  • Parking meters are used to maintain parking availability in high demand areas.
  • All parking meters in San Francisco accept payment by coin, pay-by-phone, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), and the SFMTA parking card. 
    • Purchase SFMTA Parking Cards in person


    • Purchase Parking Cards online

       (only available for 5 or more cards)

  • For more information about San Francisco’s award-winning parking pilot project, SFpark, visit the

    SFpark project page


Parking Meter Locations and Rates

  • Please visit our

    Demand-Responsive Parking

    page for a map showing meter locations and rates. 

  • Meter locations are available via DataSF/Socrata


Parking Meter Rules

  • Meters operate every day except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Most meters are enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Hours and rates vary.
  • Always check the meter for hours of operation.
  • Sunday meter operation:
    • Fisherman’s Wharf
    • The Embarcadero
    • Nine off-street parking lots
    • Special Event Area around Oracle Park and Chase Center during special events
  • During events, meters near Oracle Park and Chase Center charge special event rates

  • Most meters in San Francisco have a two hour time limit, though approximately 25% of meters have four hour time limit or no time limit at all. Where there are time limits, “feeding the meter” (i.e., adding coins to extend the time beyond the legal limit) is not allowed and may result in a citation.
  • You may prepay meters for the time you need even if you arrive before the meter begins enforcement. Prepayment begins at 4:30 a.m. at all meters every day (except at Port meters near waterfront). Note that if you prepay, the paid time shown on the meter will include any amount of free time between when you prepay and when the meter begins operation. For example, if a meter begins operation at 9 a.m., and you prepay for one hour at 8 a.m., the meter will show that the meter is paid for two hours. This means that you are paid through 10 a.m. (one free hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and one paid hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., for a total of the two hours shown on the meter).
  • Green meters have either a 15 or 30 minute time limit.
  • Red and yellow meters are designated for commercial loading; yellow for all commercial vehicles and red for vehicles with six or more wheels.
  • For more information on how to avoid parking citations, see 

    How to Park Legally

Broken Meters

  • To report a problem with a meter, call 311. For purposes of this policy, a meter is considered broken only if it will accept no physical form of payment (coins or debit/credit card).
  • Always check the meter: if it can accept any physical form of payment (coins or debit/credit card), then it is not broken and must be paid.
  • If you park at a broken meter, parking is limited to the posted time limit.
  • Shopping bags, shirts, or other unofficial items covering a meter that do not have an official SFMTA stamp and logo do not mean a meter is broken. You should remove the covering and check the meter: if it can accept any physical form of payment (coins or debit/credit card), then it is not broken and must be paid.

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