Pay for Parking

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Parking Kiosks & Mobile Payment

The City of Columbus strategically places paid parking in areas where parking is in high demand. Paid parking is used to manage on-street parking to encourage the turnover and keep spaces from being used for extended periods. By managing curb-space, paid parking allows drivers to easily find parking and identify spaces designated for public use. Parking durations, rates, and times vary according to location. Parking durations range from 30 minutes to no time limit, depending on parking demand. Rates also vary and are predetermined according to parking analysis performed before and after meter placement.

There are multiple ways to quickly pay for parking. To pay using a mobile device, customers may scan to pay, text to pay, call to pay or use the ParkColumbus app. To pay at the nearest kiosk, customer must identify their zone using street signs, enter their license plate and pay with coin or card. It's that simple.

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*Please note, payments made through the mobile app to pay for parking at a kiosk or meter are not sent to a kiosk or meter. The kiosk will not display an active parking session for your license plate and the meter will show "expired" when paid through the app.