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Looking for information on Paying or Disputing a Parking Ticket?

While all parking laws are important, they are not all posted. Know the rules and be ticket free!

Review a quick reference parking guide of common non-posted parking laws (PDF). You can print this out and keep it in your glove box!

See the comprehensive list of Denver's parking ordinances.

Street Sweeping April–November

Residential streets are swept once a month from April through November. Because we can't sweep under parked cars, there's a parking ban on sweeping day for the side of the block being swept. If your car is parked on the side of the street being swept on parking day, it will be ticketed and may be relocated.

Know your neighborhood's sweeping schedule: Check the signs on your block to see the schedule for your street; sweeping days may be different for each side of the street, and not every block has restrictions. Once you know your schedule, you can sign up for email and text reminders through Pocketgov.

Between April and November, residential streets in Denver are swept once per month where posted (not every block has restrictions), and residents are advised to pay attention to the red and white signs posted on their block for street sweeping parking restrictions so Public Works can provide the best street sweeping service possible. 

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Want a reminder about your street sweeping day?

  • Residents can now sign up for street sweeping reminders through pocketgov, which offers user-friendly access to city services via mobile device or a home computer. After creating a simple user profile and including contact information, residents can receive email and/or text notifications.

yellow boot device on tireIf there are 3 or more unpaid tickets (or other outstanding citations) on a vehicle, a seizure warning notice will be issued, and a boot may be placed on your car. The boot won't be removed until all outstanding fines (including the additional $100 boot fee) are paid. If a vehicle is booted for 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) without payment, it will be considered abandoned and towed to impound. If a vehicle is towed to impound, an additional $100 tow fee will be charged.

Boot Removal

Payment by phone or online for booted vehicles can be made 24 hours a day (see details). However, if fines, penalties and boot fees are paid after 5:00 pm using the Pay-by-Phone system or the Pay-by-Web service, the vehicle will be released during normal operating hours.

Walk-in payments for boots may be made with cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard; no checks accepted for boots. Payments should be presented at the Parking Cashier's Office on the first floor of the Wellington Webb Building in downtown Denver. The Parking Cashier's Office is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5 pm, excluding holidays.

If your vehicle has been towed, the only pay option is in person at the parking cashier counter. Before the vehicle is released from impound, the owner/operator will also be responsible for paying any and all fees incurred at the impound lot.

Boot Removal Operating Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 6:00 am - 9:30 pm

Boots will NOT be released on City holidays.

Please note: Boot removal doesn't grant your vehicle any special parking privileges. Once the boot is removed, you must ensure that your car is parked legally to avoid further citation.

Towing: Impound vs. Relocation

Just because your vehicle has been towed, that doesn't necessarily mean it's been impounded.

Denver, unlike many municipalities, doesn't automatically impound towed vehicles. Vehicles that are towed are often relocated to a nearby location and parked legally there. There is a $100 tow fee incurred for moving a vehicle.

If your vehicle's been towed, contact the Denver Police Non-Emergency line to locate it: 720-913-2000 (When you get the recorded message, hit 0 for the operator; they will look up your vehicle's location.)

If you don't know where your car's gone, call the Denver Police Non-Emergency line at 720-913-2000. When you get the recorded message, hit 0 for the operator.

If it's been relocated, they'll tell you where to find it; if it's been impounded, they'll direct you to the impound. If it has been stolen, you can report it to them directly.

Contact Us
Parking Violations Bureau 1-866-280-9988
  • Citation Payment Questions
  • Citation Status Questions
  • Parking Policy
  • Parking Studies
  • General Inquiries

Do you have a compliment or complaint about one of our parking officers?

To report an abandoned vehicle visit the Denver Sheriff Department's Vehicle Impound page.

To request enforcement of illegal parking:

  • 8:00am - 5:00pm:
    Call 3-1-1
  • 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday through Saturday:
    Call Police non-emergency (720-913-2000)

To report a broken meter:

For all other issues, please contact:
Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver: Call 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479