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Parking Meters

Smart Meters

Smart meters service up to 2 parking spaces and utilize coin or credit card payments at the meter, in addition to payments made with the MKE Park App.

Meter Hoods (Bags)

  • No Parking - Parking is not permitted at that parking space regardless of the signed parking regulations. 
  • Plain/Follow Parking Signs - Applicable parking regulations for that location still apply, review parking space signage, the meter does not need to be paid.

Meter hoods are used in a variety of circumstances where temporary parking regulations are needed such as special events and construction activity, charges may apply.

Special Event Meter Hooding Application or call 414-286-3915

Construction Activity Meter Hooding Application or call 414-286-8208

Time Limits

Metered parking spaces have varying time limits (15 minutes - 10 hours) depending on where they are located within the City.  Therefore, it is important to read the parking signage adjacent to the metered space to determine how long you may park there.


Rates vary from $0.75/hour to $2.00/hour depending upon location, except for Special Event rates which vary up to $5/hour in specified areas.  Always read the information on the meter or MKE Park app to ensure you don't run out of time.

No payment required on Saturdays in some areas of Downtown and in the 3rd Ward, however parking restrictions do apply.  Always read the posted parking sign to ensure you are in compliance.

No payment required nor any restrictions are enforced at metered space on Sundays and on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

MKE Park

City of Milwaukee Mobile Parking Payment App
Accepted at all parking meters

MKE Park App on Mobile Phone

Report a Defective Meter 

If the meter is defective and a parking citation is issued, the citation may be released if the claim can be substantiated by the City.  To dispute a parking citation call the Violations Bureau at (414) 344-0840.

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