The City offers over 805 metered spaces along streets in the Downtown, 8th Ward, Moxham, and Old Conemaugh Boro and in the 3 municipal garages. All meters must be plugged Monday - Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, according to their time limits. Parking is free on Saturday and Sundays, and federal holidays excluding President's Day. Handicap meters in the Downtown that are plugged for two hours receive a third free hour regardless of the posted time limit. All meters offer a 5 minute courtesy period for time overages.

Downtown meters are divided into three zones:

  • RED (Core Business District) – 2 hour limit, $0.50 per hour
  • YELLOW (Short Term Zone) – 4 hour limit, $0.50 per hour
  • BLUE (Long Term Zone) – 12 hour limit, $0.25 per hour
  • 100 Block of Franklin Street (Post Office side) and 500 Block of Locust Street (30 minute limit)

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets are issued in $10, $15 and $25 amounts, depending on the violation. Tickets issued for $10 are for common meter-related violations such as not plugging the meter or exceeding the posted time limit, while $25 tickets are issued for parking in restricted areas such as handicap zones, sidewalks, and traffic lanes, $15 tickets are issued for restricted night parking. $10 tickets not paid within 10 days incur a $5 late fee. Any ticket dispute must be done within 7 days, please remit a copy of the ticket with the dispute form.  Vehicles with three unpaid parking tickets are subject to booting.

Download Parking Ticket Complaint Form


There are three municipal parking garages located downtown – Lincoln Street, Main Street East, and Intermodal Transportation Center (see above map). These garages provide covered meter space on the first few levels and monthly parking spaces above for $60.00 a month. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. A two year commitment from one responsible party is required.

Lots located under the Johnstown Expressway in the Kernville neighborhood are available for monthly lease at $30 per spot.

Lincoln Street Garage- 418 Lincoln Street

Intermodal Transportation Center- 316 Vine Street

Main Street East- 539 Locust Street

Loading & Unloading Zones

Businesses can apply to the Bureau of Parking to establish a loading/unloading zone in front of their establishment. The type and annual fee vary on the location from $100 to $600 per year per space.

Handicap Zones

Residents possessing a handicap placard or license plate can apply for a reserved handicap parking space in front of their home. There is a $145.00 fee for the sign and installation along with an annual fee of $75.00.

Residential Parking Permits

Residents living in the Downtown can obtain a Residential Parking Permit to park at non-core meters during the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Residents living near 90 minute on-street parking zones in neighborhoods like the 8th Ward can use a Residential Parking Permit to park in these zones without adhering to the 90 minute limit.

Kernville residents can receive a residential permit to park in the City owned lots under the Johnstown Expressway overnight, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am.

Proof of residency is required in all instances.

Meter Bags

Businesses can pay $8 per day per space for meter bags to reserve spots near their establishment for contractors, visitors, etc that may require short-term adjacent parking.