Why We Charge for Parking on Commercial Streets
- Charging for parking is a well-established and effective public management tool where demand exceeds supply.
- Parking charges encourage users to use parking efficiently; with parking spaces turning over more frequently, more users are accommodated.
- Low- or no-cost street parking encourages more vehicle use and generates traffic.
Types of Meters and Parking Payment Devices
- It’s illegal to pay for additional time at the meter after the time limit has been reached. Feeding the meter beyond its original maximum time could result in a parking ticket.
- People with disabilities may park at any parking meter including those that are specially designated meters and with longer allowable times.
We’ve partnered with Parkmobile to bring residents and visitors a mobile payment solution for parking at metered spaces throughout the County.
Pay-by-cell is a mobile application administered by Parkmobile and is available for iPhone, Android, Windows 7 and Blackberry smartphones. The District of Columbia uses the same service, so residents and visitors will not need to download a separate application to park when traveling between Arlington and the district.
The service will be rolled out in phases throughout Arlington’s corridors.
- Shirlington and Crystal City – late-July 2014
- Pentagon City – fall 2014
- Ballston and Clarendon – fall 2014
- Courthouse, Rosslyn, Columbia Pike and all remaining sectors – spring 2015
How to Register and Use
Parking is as easy as 1, 2, 3 using Parkmobile:
- Park: Look for the green Parkmobile sign.
- Pay: Use the Parkmobile mobile app, mobile website or call 1-877-727-5730 and enter the zone number listed on the sign. Pay using credit card or PayPal.
- Go: Head to your office, the store, lunch or that job interview. You can even opt-in to receive a text notification 15 minutes before your parking session is set to expire.
Multispace Pay Stations
There are two ways to pay for multispace parking: by coin — nickels, dimes, quarters or dollar coins — or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
- Insert coins or your credit card into the pay station and indicate the time.
- Push the print button for your receipt.
- Place the receipt face-up on the dashboard of your car.
More than 2,400 single-space parking meters are located throughout the County for widely varying increments of time. They’re easily spotted from your driver’s seat by a color code.
- Yellow – 30 minutes
- Silver – 1 hour
- Blue – 2 hours
- Red – 4 hours
- Green – 10 hours
Flexible Pay Single-Space Parking Meters
This is a new type of single-space parking meter that accepts nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar coins and credit cards.
The iPark is a prepaid in-car meter device. To use it, select the type of meter you’re parking at, start the iPark* and hang it from your rearview mirror. When you return to your car, turn it off and you will have paid for the minutes you parked.
*Note: Due to a manufacturer shortage, we’re not currently selling new iParks.