Parking Policies

Details on meter operational times and the City’s multi-tier fine structure.


The Parking Violation Fine Structure and Late Payment Schedule is changing October 1, 2021.

Special Parking Circumstance: Laclede Avenue and Saint Louis University

The parking meters on Laclede Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Spring Avenue on the campus of Saint Louis University are not enforced or managed by the City of St. Louis Parking Division. These parking meters are the responsibility of Saint Louis University.

This enforcement is governed by City of St. Louis Ordinance 70161, which can be viewed here.

If you receive a parking ticket while parked on Laclede Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Spring Avenue, please contact the Saint Louis University Office of Parking and Card Services at 314-977-2957 or

Meter Operation Times

In general, parking meters are in operation Monday through Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  Exceptions to these operation times are some multispace meters which are operational 24 hours a day.  24-hour multispace meters are currently located on various lots throughout the City, including those indicated on the following map (click map for full view):

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All operational hours posted on meters or signage are official. Parking at all meters is free on Sundays and City Holidays. All other posted parking regulations are in effect at all times.

The following is a reminder of free parking holidays outlined by City ordinance:

  • New Years Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The City maintains a multi-tier parking violation fine structure. The current parking violation fine structure, as adopted on October 1, 2021, is summarized in the table below.

Parking Violation Fine Structure

Class Parking Violation Fine
Class 1 Parking meter & street cleaning sign violations $20.00
Class 2 Minor parking violations (e.g., no parking, bus, taxi or commercial vehicle zone or yellow curb violation) $30.00
Class 3 Public safety parking violations (e.g., no stopping, double parking or tow-away zone violation, blocking intersection, alley, or fire hydrant, lane or station, or traffic flow impairment) $45.00
Class 4 Disabled parking ordinance violation $100.00
Class 5 Commercial vehicle parking violations $100.00

The St. Louis City Revised Code detailing parking violations can be found at the following address (Title, Chapter, and Section are given by the “Code:” number on your printed ticket): []

Late Payment Sanctions

The City assesses late payment penalties when a violator fails to pay the original parking violation fine on time. The late payment penalty schedule is summarized below.

Late Payment Schedule

Condition Penalty
The ticket is not suspended or the payment is not  received within 30 days of parking ticket issuance 100 percent of original parking violation fine
The ticket is not suspended or the payment is not  received within 45 days of parking ticket issuance 300 percent of original parking violation fine
A failure to pay or successfully contest a parking ticket on a timely basis can result in significant late payment penalties and collection fees. (For example: if a violator fails to pay a $20 meter fine within 30 days, the total amount due is $40.00—the $20 original fine plus a $20 late payment penalty. After 45 days, the amount due becomes $80.00—the $20 original fine, plus a $60 late payment penalty.)

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