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Denver to Resume Some Parking Enforcement Activities Starting Today

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Starting Today, June 1, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will resume some - but not all - parking enforcement activities that were suspended in March due to the city’s response to COVID-19 and the Stay at Home order. DOTI’s plan to address parking rules and enforcement does not yet recommend a full return to conditions prior to COVID-19.  The revised approach to metered parking enforcement supports the turnover of parking spaces and access to businesses that are resuming operations to serve the city’s residents.

Beginning today and until further notice:

Downtown-area parking meters will be turned on and 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. starting June 1. Downtown parking meters will be free of charge from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Parking meters outside of the downtown area will be turned back on and will operate at the price and time limits posted on the meters. People utilizing meters located 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 will resume. Residents who are eligible for residential parking permits should apply now and can check their eligibility at www.parksmartdenver.com. 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.

Beginning July 1 and until further notice:

Enforcement of posted parking restrictions for street sweeping will resume. Street 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 those 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 will resume its enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule starting July 1. Residents should move vehicles parked in one spot after 72 hours.

Continued Enforcement Activities:

The following enforcement activities are continuing in Denver:

  • 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

DOTI will continue to suspend enforcement of the following 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
  • School bus loading zones: No enforcement will occur until school is back in session.
  • Booting: Cars will not be booted until further notice
  • Street paving:  Amid the economic impacts of COVID-19, DOTI will refrain from issuing citations to people whose cars need to be towed for street paving operations until further notice. Residents are asked to make every attempt to move their cars so that this work can occur. Cars left on the street when work begins will be moved, normally within a two-block radius of where the car was parked. Residents who need help locating their cars can call the city’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 for assistance.

For the most recent information on the city’s COVID-19 response, visit Denvergov.org/covid19.  

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