Downtown On-Street Parking

The City of Boise is pleased to offer short term on-street parking options throughout Downtown Boise.

Parking meters in Downtown Boise accept credit / debit card payment, Downtown Boise gift cards, payment through Parkmobile and traditional coin payments. Re-Feeding meters past the posted time limit is prohibited by law.

Parking rates are identified by three zones:

  • Premium: $1.50 for the first hour, $2.50 for the 2nd hour (2 hours max)
  • Standard: $1.00 for the first hour, $1.25 for the 2nd hour (2 hours max)
  • Value: $0.50 for the 1st hour, $0.50 for the 2nd hour, $1.00 for the 3rd and 4th hours (4 hours max - 3rd and 4th hour available through Parkmobile only)

*Parking rates may change. Please see digital meter display for most up to date pricing.

Free 20 Minutes

Boise is the only city in the country that offers a free 20 minutes on all metered parking spaces per parking session. To activate your free 20 minutes, simply press the button on the meter. Additional time can be added after the free 20 minute button has been pressed (up to the maximum time posted for that meter).

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Parkmobile is a convenient way to pay for your metered parking through the Parkmobile application or toll-free phone number.

By pre-registering for Parkmobile prior to your visit to Downtown Boise, you will be able to enjoy the convenience of this service. In addition to the ability to pay for your parking with just a click of a button on your mobile device, you can also set up alerts to be notified when your parking session is set to expire.

To use Parkmobile, download the Parkmobile application for your mobile device or visit to set up your account. The next time you are in Downtown Boise, use the Parkmobile app or toll-free phone number to pay for your parking. The Parkmobile app is free, however, transaction fees may apply.


Parking enforcement hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. and all day on weekends. Additionally parking is free on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Prepayment for Parking

The digital parking meters allow you to pre-pay for time during non-enforcement hours without wasting your money. If you arrive prior to 8:00 a.m., you can pay for parking and the meter will not start calculating your time until 8:00 a.m. This means if you had a bit too much fun and need to leave your vehicle downtown overnight, you can pre-pay for time and your meter won’t start running until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. This gives you time to return downtown the next morning and safely retrieve your vehicle.

Parking Meter Tokens

Downtown Merchants interested in Parking Meter Tokens can learn more about the program here.