Municipal parking facilities are conveniently located within a short walking distance of notable downtown destinations such as the Canal District, DCU Center, Hanover Theatre, Mechanics Hall, Palladium, Polar Park, Public Library, Union Station and Worcester District Court to name a few.
Municipal Parking Garages
Municipal Parking Lots
Yes. There are city-owned parking garages and parking lots in the downtown area and other parts of the City.
Yes, there are limits for parking at meters. Each meter has a time allotment stamped on it. If you continue to park at the meter after a specific amount of time (e.g., 15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.) you may receive an over-time ticket. You must move your vehicle to another location when your time has expired.
No. The posted limits of 1 hour and 2 hours are strictly enforced. The purpose of creating a time limit is to allow other motorists to find parking so they can patronize local businesses. If you need longer-term parking, there are 10 parking lots and 5 parking garages located throughout the City that charge affordable rates. Please see our Municipal Garages and Municipal Lots pages for more information.
NOTE: Hit the red "Cancel" button at any time to return to the main screen. You do NOT need to display the receipt on your dash/window.
If you believe you have paid a ticket that you are being billed for, contact the Parking Administration Office at 508-799-8656.
Resident Parking by Permit Only is a City of Worcester Ordinance, which means you must have a permit issued by the City of Worcester to park on that street even if you live on that street. If you don't have a permit, then you may receive a parking ticket. To obtain a permit, you must fill out an application and send it along with applicable fees to: Parking Administration Office. If you have questions regarding the Residential Parking Program, please call 508-799-8656, between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Report non-functioning meters to the DPW&P at 508-929-1300 within 72 hours of receiving a ticket between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Once the meter is confirmed defective, mail the ticket to the Parking Administration with the words "Non-Functioning Meter" on the front of the ticket. Include your name and address with the ticket in order to receive a confirmation letter for the dismissed ticket.
NOTE: An overtime meter violation may be issued if your vehicle is parked in a metered space over the allotted meter time, even if the meter is defective.
No. A handicap placard allows you to park only in a handicap designated space and at any metered space without paying the meter. To obtain a handicap placard you must apply at any Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. For more information, contact them at 1-800-858-3926.
You will be assessed a $20 parking fee.
Most single-space parking meters accept all coins and credit cards. All paystations accept all coins, bills and credit cards.
Parking meters are enforced from 8 a.m., to 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Parking on Sunday and holidays are free of charge. In the Canal District, enforcement is in effect until 9:00 p.m. and two hour time limits will be enforced on Sundays.
Commercial Loading Zones are for commercial registered vehicles only. Only vehicles with a commercial registration may park in this zone and are given a 30 minute time limit for loading/unloading.
76 East Worcester Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.