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Parking Meters

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On-Street Metered Parking Map

City of Madison Data Policy

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Time Limits at Meters

Parking meters are intended for short-term parking.
  • The purpose of time limits on parking meters is to ensure that parking spaces regularly become available for customers of area businesses and visitors to the area.
  • It is illegal to deposit additional coins in the meter after the time limit has been reached.
  • You must leave a parking space when the time limit posted on the meter has been reached.
  • Vehicles parked longer than the posted time limit are subject to citation.
  • See Meter Rates

Meter Enforcement

Meters located on City streets are enforced from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Meters and parking restrictions are not enforced on the following City Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (the third Monday in January)
  • Memorial Day (the last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Meters and parking restrictions ARE enforced on the following observed holidays when City administrative offices are closed:

  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • New Year's Eve (December 31)

It is important to note that there are more holidays that are classified as Federal Holidays (i.e. President’s Day, Veteran’s Day) that are NOT city holidays. Parking meters ARE enforced on these days.

Be aware that some meters have special restrictions such as "No Stopping, Standing or Parking" during stated hours of peak traffic.

Malfunctioning Meters

Reporting a malfunctioning parking meter:
  • Note the meter number (displayed on the meter) and the location of the meter.
  • Note what happened or did not happen when coins were deposited in the meter.
    • What coins did you use? Quarters? Nickels? Dimes?
    • How many of each?
    • How much time did you receive for each coin?
  • Call (608) 266-4761 as soon as possible to report the meter malfunction.
    • Have the meter number
    • Have your license plate number.
    Meter will be checked/repaired as soon as possible.

If you receive a ticket:
  • Call (608) 266-4761 at least two working days after your initial call to see if the meter was found to be malfunctioning.
  • If the meter was found to be malfunctioning, the ticket can be dismissed.
  • If it was not found to be malfunctioning, you must pay the ticket or call (608) 266-4170 for an appointment to contest it in court.