Streets & Parking During COVID-19

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Temporary Road Closures to Thru-Traffic

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has closed select streets to thru-traffic on a temporary basis to create more space for Denver residents to walk, bike and run while complying with physical distancing requirements. The additional room, currently not being used for car traffic, will allow people to enjoy the outdoors and feel more comfortable getting out for a walk, bike ride or fresh air during this time. Denver will continue to operate its shared streets initiative through the 2020-2021 winter season and will assess this initiative as spring approaches in coordination with latest developments in Denver’s battle with COVID-19. By officially closing some areas to vehicle thru-traffic, the city hopes to provide a safer experience in alignment with its 

Roads closed to thru-traffic until further notice:

  • Capitol Hill Neighborhood
    • E. 11th Avenue from Sherman Street to Humboldt Street
  • Sloan Lake Neighborhood
    • Bryon Place from Zenobia Street to Vrain Street
    • Stuart Street from 24th Avenue to 21st Avenue
  • North Capitol Hill/City Park West Neighborhoods
    • E. 16th Avenue from Pennsylvania Street to City Park Esplanade
  • Washington Park/Speer
    • Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue
    • Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing Streets
  • Curtis Park:
    • 30th Street from Welton Street to Larimer Street

Areas looked at first were neighborhoods with greater population densities where there’s a greater need for space and where adjacent parks are seeing significant use and reaching capacity. Areas of the city that don’t have immediate access to a park or trail are also prioritized.

While the roads will be closed to thru-traffic, local access will still be allowed, which means people who live on the street, or need to access a destination on the stretch of roadway that is closed, will be allowed access. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on these shared streets.


Enforcement Activities

Effective until further notice

The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will resume enforcement of the following: 

  • Street Paving: Denver’s paving season is expected to start March 22, weather permitting. Temporary "no parking" signs will be placed on streets to be paved at least 24 hours in advance of crews arriving. Cars left on the street when work begins will be moved – typically within a two-block radius of where the car was parked – and vehicle owners will receive a $50 citation for parking in a no parking zone. Given the continued economic hardships related to COVID-19, DOTI will refrain from issuing an additional $100 citation for the tow during the 2021 paving season. Residents who need help locating their cars following a short-tow can call the city’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 for assistance.
  • Downtown-area parking meters have been turned on and are operational between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. People utilizing a metered parking space downtown must pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. You can also utilize the smartphone app PayByPhone for a convenient, contact-free way to pay for parking at meters. More info can be found at parksmartdenver.com under the “Street Parking” section. (Downtown parking meters are free of charge from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.). 

  • Parking meters outside of the downtown area have been turned on and are operating at the price and time limits posted on the meters. People using meters outside of downtown should pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits. 

  • Enforcement of time-limited, non-metered parking spaces and residential parking programs is in effect. Residents who are eligible for residential parking permits should apply now and can check their eligibility at parksmartdenver.org. Existing permit holders are encouraged to renew expired permits. For those who are eligible for residential parking permits but who are unable to provide necessary documentation due to COVID-19, DOTI can issue 90-day temporary permits via an online application.

  • Enforcement of license plate/vehicle registration tags will resume on April 1. Residents are encouraged to ensure their vehicle registrations are up to date. Renewals can be made online. Drivers who don’t address their plate/registration situations by April 1 may receive a ticket and can contest the citation if they believe they received it in error at www.parksmartdenver.com.

  • Booting. Residents are urged to take care of unpaid parking tickets and can do so online at parksmartdenver.org. Vehicle owners with three (3) unpaid, overdue parking citations are eligible for booting.

  • With school in session, school bus loading zones are enforced. Residents should avoid parking in these zones.

  • Enforcement of posted parking restrictions for street sweeping will begin on April 1Street sweeping keeps dirt and debris out of our air and water and prevents the clogging of storm sewer inlets that creates localized flooding issues. Because dirt/debris gathers primarily in the curb line of the street, DOTI is asking residents to move their cars so that street sweepers can effectively operate.

  • Enforcement of 72-hour parking limits will resume. In keeping with the need for residents to move their cars to effectively sweep, Denver has resumed its enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule. Residents should move vehicles parked in one spot after 72 hours.


Continued Enforcement Activities

The following enforcement activities will continue: 

  • Fire hydrant zone clear areas (10 ft. clear around hydrants) 
  • "No Stopping" or "No Parking" zones to promote safety 
  • Loading zones – Passenger, Truck, Permitted, General, Temporary, etc. 
  • RTD transit stops 
  • Special parking permitted spaces, including accessible spaces, CarShare, church zones, fire zones 
  • Blocked driveways and alleys 
  • Parking in travel lanes, including bike and transit lanes 

Suspended Enforcement Activities

Until further notice:

  • Large vehicle parking: Until further notice, residents can park trucks and other vehicles more than 22’ in length on the street in non-residential areas
  • Enforcement of parking meters downtown in the overnight hours (10pm – 6am)

Denver Parks and Recreation Road and Parking Closures


Parking Hearings

Parking Hearings Online or by Phone Only! No Walk-ins at This Time.

In order to practice social distancing and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Parking Magistrate’s Office is currently not accepting walk-in hearings.

However, our team is still working remotely to assist your appeal needs. You can do business with us online by visiting our “Dispute a Parking Ticket” page. You can also contact us by phone at 1-866-280-9988, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


Parking Cashier Services

Building Cashier Services are closed until further notice.

  • Wellington E. Webb Building
    201 West Colfax Ave, 1st-floor atrium
    • To request residential parking permits or to pay parking citations online, go to parksmartdenver.org.
    • For parking permit or parking citation questions, call 720-913-5365.