The DNC Parking Guide
Philadelphia is honored to be hosting the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from Mon., July 25 to Thurs., July 28. As you’re in town attending the convention — and taking in Philadelphia’s vast history and vibrant culture — we want to make sure you understand the ins and outs of parking during your stay. So if you plan on driving into Philadelphia for all the celebrations, here’s what you need to know about getting parked:
Simply put, on-street parking typically means you’re parking at one of our parking meters or kiosks. Throughout Philadelphia, there is a total of 8,600 coin operated meters and 1,093 parking kiosks, which accept cash, coins and credit cards. More conveniently, however, you can also make payments through our mobile payment app, meterUP, in select areas.
Read the Signs:
Before we get into how to pay for parking, let’s make sure you know, well, how to park.
The most important thing to keep in mind before parking your vehicle is to read the signs that are posted on each city block. Reading and understanding these signs will prevent your vehicle from being ticketed, which is something we definitely want to help you avoid during your visit to Philly. Luckily, our friends over at VisitPhilly have a helpful video on reading and understanding the parking regulation signs. Check it out below:
Paying at a Kiosk:
After taking note of the parking regulations posted on the signs, you’ll notice one of our payment kiosks close by, especially if you’re in Center City. Otherwise, payments can be made at our coin-operated meters pictured here.
Our kiosks accept cash, coins and credit cards. All you need to do is select how long you’d like to park.
Keep in mind: After you pay the parking fee at one of our kiosks, a receipt will be printed so it can be displayed on your vehicle’s curbside dashboard.
For a more in-depth look at using our kiosks, the video below can offer some insights:
Here’s how it works: After downloading meterUP on your iPhone or Android phone, you’re prompted to create a profile with a valid credit card and license plate. Once the profile is created, you can pay for on-street parking by simply taking note of the meterUP zone numbers displayed on posted signage.
After payment is made through meterUP, our Parking Enforcement Officers can see your payment based on the license plate entered into your meterUP profile. Those who don’t own a smartphone need not worry either; payments can also be made by dialing 1-844-meterUP or at meterUP.xyz.
It gets better: Seven minutes before your parking session is about to expire, meterUP alerts you and gives you the option to extend your parking stay.
Note: Once you’ve parked past the maximum allowed time limit, you’ll have the option to park longer, but the rate doubles. If you park past the posted time limit a second time, the rate triples.
For a complete run-down on meterUP, read through the FAQs or check out the video below.
If you plan on parking for an extended period of time, we highly recommend parking in an off-street parking garage. Luckily Philadelphia has a plethora of garages scattered throughout the city.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority operates seven Center City parking garages, all within walking distance to city hot spots. So if you plan on parking for an extended period of time, check out the rates offered at our garages here.
Also, if you’d like to shop around for your best off-street parking option, give our parking locator a whirl. All you need to do is punch in an address and you’ll be shown the closest parking garage.