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Update on Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Activities

Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) suspended some enforcement of parking restrictions in March due to the city’s response to COVID-19 and the Stay at Home order. Beginning June 1, DOTI will resume some — but not all — parking enforcement activities. Read the press release for more information

Temporary Road Closures to Thru-Traffic

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is closing 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. By officially closing some areas to vehicle thru-traffic, the city hopes to provide a safer experience in alignment with its Vision Zero efforts to provide safer streets for all.  

Roads closed to thru-traffic until further notice:

  • Capitol Hill Neighborhood
    • E. 11th Avenue from Lincoln Street to Humboldt Street
  • Sloan Lake Neighborhood
    • Bryon Place from Zenobia Street to Stuart Street
    • Stuart Street from 24th Avenue to 21st Avenue
  • North Capitol Hill/City Park West Neighborhoods
    • E. 16th Avenue from Lincoln Street to City Park Esplanade
  • West Denver
    • Irving Street from 2nd Avenue to Gill Place
  • Northeast Denver
    • Bolling Drive from Chambers Road to Dillon Street
  • Washington Park/Speer
    • Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue
    • Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing Streets

Areas being looked at first are 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 being 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 March 19, 2020, through May 31, 2020:

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

  • Parking meters: All meters will be free and without time limits.) 
  • Time-limited, non-metered parking areas (e.g., 30-minute, 1-hour, 2-hour, etc.) 
  • Residential Permit Parking areas 
  • 72-hour parking limits
    Residents and visitors can park their vehicles in one spot for more than 72 hours.
  • Large vehicle parking
    People can park trucks and other vehicles more than 22’ in length on the street.
  • School bus loading zones 
  • Booting 

Beginning June 1 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 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 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 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 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
  • 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.

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 will close starting Wednesday, March 25.

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


The city is gradually moving from an emergency response phase into one of relief and recovery. As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, face coverings are mandatory while inside of or waiting in line to enter any retail or commercial business, or any location or facility offering government of health care services, and waiting for or riding on public transportation.

On May 9, 2020, many businesses will be allowed to re-open with 50% of employees if able to maintain six-foot physical distancing, abide by the face covering order and other guidelines.

Everyone is urged to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know this is a big ask of our residents and businesses, but it is a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Have Questions or Looking For More Information?

To report an issue or for additional questions and assistance, please contact us at:

Within Denver, dial 3-1-1

Outside of Denver, dial 720-913-1311


Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19 provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话) and more.

303-389-1687 or
1-877-462-2911 (answers in English only)

 If you need medical attention, contact a health care provider.