Meter Operations

Time Limits at Meters

The City of Lincoln Parking Services Division operates approximately 2,400 parking meters in the downtown area. The purpose of time limits on parking meters is to ensure that parking spaces regularly become available for customers of area businesses and visitors to the area.

Please note that vehicles must not remain longer than the time restriction shown on the meter. Parking meters are color coded to coordinate maximum durations that were established depending on the desired parking turnover in the area. All meters have different time restrictions and rates, which are posted on the meter (view photos below).

  • White = 10 Minutes
  • Red = 30 Minutes
  • Yellow = 60 Minutes
  • Orange = 90 Minutes
  • Green = 2 Hours
  • Brown = 5 Hours
  • Blue = 10 Hours


Cost of Meters

Parking meters are $1.00 per hour. Fines for expired time are $10.00, or $9 if you pay online, for the first seven days. Effective September 1st, 2011, if a citation is not paid within seven days the cost will increase by $15.00, according to City Ordinance 10.06.120. You have the opportunity to save $1 by paying your citation on-line. It is illegal to deposit additional coins in the meter after the time limit has been reached. This is also called “plugging” the meter.

Not all meters accept the same type of coin. Each meter will state the type of coins it accepts.  Most parking meters over a 1-hour time limit, will accept a VISA or MasterCard.  For more information, visit our Smart Meter web page.

Football Day-of-Game Meter Hangtags

On Husker home game days, the Parking Services Division offers hangtags for all-day parking at any on-street meter without fear of getting a ticket. These hangtags are available for $9 each & can be purchased at most parking garages from the time parking attendants arrive until supplies last.

Malfunctioning Meters

Reporting a malfunctioning parking meter:

  • Note the meter number (displayed on the meter) and the location of the meter.
  • Note what happened or did not happen when coins were deposited in the meter.
  • Call 402/441-PARK as soon as possible to report the meter malfunction.

Meter will be checked/repaired as soon as possible!

Meter Enforcement

Meters located on City streets are enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Parking Services Division monitors and enforces these restrictions. They are not enforced on Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

This information is found on 30 minute & 10 minute meters as well as old meter mechanisms.  New smart meters will display “free parking” on the screen during those holidays.

Parking Meter Hooding Information:

*Before filling out & submitting this application, please consider the guidelines on this form
Parking Meter Hooding Application