Downtown Parking

Number of Parking space downtown

There are roughly 37,000 parking spots in downtown Spokane. 3,200 or about 15% are on‑street and the City of Spokane manages these. The other 85% of parking stalls are located off‑street in lots and garages, and are managed independently.

Parking spots that are in the heart of downtown cost more than spots on the perimeter of Spokane's meter boundary.


What days and times do I have to pay for on-street parking?

Paid Parking Hours are:

  • Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much does on-street parking cost?
  • 2 hour spaces - $1.20/hour; 2 hour maximum timestay
  • 4 hour spaces - $0.80/hour; 4 hour maximum timestay
  • All Day spaces - $0.40/hour

Rates are set in the Spokane Municipal Code, Section 08.02.083D.

What forms of payment can I use to pay for parking?
  • Coin is accepted at all parking payment devices.
  • The Passport App or website,, can be used to pay for parking at all locations we have parking payment devices. Learn more about Passport App.
  • Credit Cards can be used at some parking payment devices.
When are the Free Parking Days?
  • Sundays
  • New Year's Day*
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (Fourth of July)*
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day*
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day*

* If the above holiday falls on a Sunday, the immediately following Monday is an observed holiday.

There is a City of Spokane parking charge I do not recognize on my credit or debit card.

If you do not recognize a charge on your credit or debit card and believe someone is using your card number to pay for parking, please contact the credit card company or bank who issued the card, and notify them of fraudulent activity.

The meter or kiosk is not taking payment, is broken or has a bag on it. Can I park there?

If a meter is bagged, it is reserved, and you should not park in that spot unless it is your bag. If you are unable to pay a meter or kiosk you should not park in that spot. We would also appreciate knowing there is a problem with a meter or kiosk if you have time to report it, so we can fix the issue.

I put in coins to pay for parking, but the device ate my coins.

The City does not refund cash lost in payment devices due to the inability to verify the time, date or legitimacy of coin used to pay for parking.

I accidentally paid multiple times for one parking session, what should I do?

Wait for the charges to go from "Processing" to "Completed" or "Settled". Once the multiple charges have gone through, contact 3‑1‑1 and they will walk you through the next steps. Please Note: The City CANNOT refund any charges that have not completed processing.

What does the maximum timestay of the meter mean? Can I keep putting money in the meter after that?

The maximum timestay of the meter is the longest amount of time you are allowed to park at that meter (2, 4, or all day) before you have to move your car. Feeding the meter past the maximum timestay even with a different form of payment is a violation of the Spokane Municipal Code. If you are caught feeding the meter, you may receive a citation.

Can I move my car one spot or stall away and pay for parking again? I moved to a different meter?

The Spokane Municipal Code, Section 16A.61.561B, states once you have stayed the maximum time allowed by the meter, you must move your vehicle off the block face. A block face is one side of a block between road intersections. Pulling into a stall on the same block face could result in a ciation.

If I have a disabled license plate or placard, do I have to pay for parking?

There is no charge for parking with a valid disabled plate or placard; however, there is a time limit for how long the vehicle can park.

How long can I park at a parking payment device with my disabled placard?

Free disabled parking is limited to 4 hours at 2 hour and 4 hour meters; otherwise there is no time limit at the meters.

Do disabled veteran plates give the same parking privileges as the other disabled plates?

No. Disabled veteran plates do not have the same qualifications for issuance as disabled placards or plates. You must have a disabled placard, plate, or registration tab sticker in order to park for free at a parking payment device or in a marked disabled space.


Where are the garages and lots located that I can park?

The Downtown Spokane Partnership has a map of parking lots and rates.


Contact Us

Have a question about parking? Call 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489).