The following Frequently Asked Questions pertain to parking around the City of Worcester.
Yes. There are city-owned parking garages and parking lots in the downtown area and others parts of the City. There is a map depicting five minute walking circles around the parking garages with areas of interest throughout the map. Please visit our Municipal Lots & Garages page for parking facilities locations and areas of interest.
The current meter rate in the City of Worcester is $1.00 per hour, or $0.25 for every 15 minutes for the on-street parking meters. Off-street parking meters are $0.85 an hour.
No. The posted sign limits of 1hr and 2hrs are strictly enforced. The purpose of creating a time limit is to allow other motorists to find parking so that they can patronize local businesses. If you need longer-term parking there are 10 parking lots and 4 parking garages located throughout the City that charge affordable daily rates. Please see our Municipal Lots & Garages page for parking facilities locations and rates.
The parking meters are enforced from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. Parking on Sunday and holidays are free of charge. The parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Parking in Worcester is easier than you think and there is an abundance of spaces available. There are over 1200 metered spaces Downtown and throughout the City. There are also 4 City of Worcester visitor parking garages totaling 2800 spaces; and 10 City of Worcester parking lots totaling 580 parking spaces; all within walking distance of most areas of interest. A map and parking information of metered locations and parking facilities can be found on our Municipal Lots & Garages page.
Most single-space parking meters accept all coins and credit cards. All paystations accept all coins, bills and credit cards.
When parking at a meter, the meter that is closest to the front of the vehicle belongs to that parking space. To ensure that you receive credit for paying for a parking space, always remember to pull the front of your vehicle as close as possible to the meter pole so that they are parallel. There are some locations where there are double headed meters. In those situations one meter will be at the rear of the vehicle.
If a single space meter is not functioning properly, you can report this to the City of Worcester's Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300 or by filling out the information on our Online Customer Service Center.
Repairs to meters are made daily. If the meter is not functioning, you can still park at the location, but the posted time limits are still enforced. For example, if the meter you are parked at is a 1 hour meter, you will only be able to park at that location for 1 hour at no charge. You will receive a citation if you overstay the time limit.
If a paystation is not functioning properly and there is another nearby, simply go to the nearest paystation to pay for parking. Paystations are a pay-by-space number operation. Just like a single-space meter, you can report a paystation that is not functioning to the City of Worcester's Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300 or by filling out the information on our Online Customer Service Center.
The fine for parking at an expired meter or for overstaying the time at a paystation/regulated parking spot is $15.00. Payment must be made within 21 days, as fines will double if not paid within the specified timeframe. If you feel that the citation was given to you erroneously you can always appeal the citation by following the procedures on the back of the citation.
Anyone may park in any of the four garages and pay the hourly rate. Monthly parking permits are available. Contact the garage operator at (508) 799-1535 for more information.
You will be assessed a $15 parking fee.
Follow the steps below:
NOTE: Hit the red "Cancel" button at any time to return to the main screen.
NOTE: You do NOT need to display the receipt on your dash/window.
NOTE: Machine does give change if needed.
Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday (Sundays and holidays are free).