Our downtown parking meters are solar-powered smart meters. The meters accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover), as well as coins, for payment. 

Short-term meters (1-2 hours) are concentrated in the core of the downtown. These meters are intended for the use of shoppers and to encourage turnover. Each parking meter states the maximum time. Look for arrows on the meters which match the stall to the corresponding meter. Parking beyond the time limit of the meter by continual feeding of the meter is illegal.

Longer term meters become more common as you move away from the core downtown area.

Meters are enforced Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. except the following holidays:

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

Parking ramp location map
Parking garages

Use of parking garages in Iowa City is encouraged for both short and longer term uses. Overtime parking tickets are avoided and the first hour of parking is free in the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, and the Court Street Transportation Center.

Cashiered garages

  • Dubuque Street garage
  • Capitol Street garage
    • Located at 220 S. Capitol Street 
    • Adjoins Old Capitol Town Center
    • First hour free, $1 per hour for each additional hour
    • 875 parking spaces.
  • Tower Place and parking
    • Located at 335 Iowa Avenue 
    • Mixed-use commercial/parking facility
    • First hour free, $1 per hour for each additional hour
    • 510 parking spaces

Automated garages

  • Chauncey Swan garage
    • Located at 415 E. Washington Street
    • $0.75 per hour
    • 475 parking spaces. 
    • Lower level is accessed only from Washington Street. Upper levels are accessed from the College Street bridge. This is an unattended, automated pay ramp. Immediately after parking, observe space number painted on stall. Proceed to pay station (located in stairwells) and pay in advance, just like you would a parking meter. Do not walk out of the garage without pre-paying.
  • Court Street Transportation Center
    • 150 E. Court Street
    • Mixed-use commercial/parking facility
    • First hour free, $1 per hour for each additional hour
    • 600 parking spaces

Metered parking lots

North area

  • Schumann lot (north side of Market Street between Clinton and Dubuque Streets)
  • Market Street lot (north side of Market Street between Gilbert and Linn Streets)

Central area

  • Recreation Center lot (access from Burlington Street behind Recreation Center, or through lower level of Chauncey Swan garage on Washington Street).
  • Burlington Street lot (north side of Burlington Street between Starbucks and Mill Restaurant)

South area

Maiden Lane lot (one block west of Gilbert Street of Court or Prentiss Streets)

Parking permits

A parking permit program is in place for the downtown parking garages and designated lots. Call the Parking Division at 319-356-5151 for availability or to be put on a waitlist.