A Parking Pay-and-Display Station is a solar-powered, multi-space parking meter that is easy to use. The Pay-and-Display Station has an electronic display and clock that provides you with directions for payment and display of the receipt sticker on the dashboard of your vehicle.  Even though it’s run by the sun, the Pay-and-Display Station still works well on gray and stormy days.

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The Hartford Parking Authority is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the parking meters throughout the City of Hartford. By using Parking Pay Stations (P&D) to set time limits, we increase the number of motorists who can use a single parking space during the course of a day.  This increases parking opportunities for everyone and supports the growth of business in our city and neighborhoods.

How to Pay for Parking

Motorists are required to pay meters, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

To pay for parking simply park your vehicle on the street or block and look for the closest Parking Pay Station.  Follow the instructions on the Parking Pay Station. For instructions in Spanish, press the grey button entitled “Select Language.” Then, pay for the amount of time you desire to purchase using a credit/debit card or coins. You will receive a receipt showing the amount paid, date, and expiration time. Then, return to your vehicle and display the receipt inside the vehicle’s curbside windshield before heading to your destination. If you do not use all of the paid for time, you can move your vehicle and park on any Hartford street with a Parking Pay Station using the remaining time available, unless otherwise restricted.

Motorcyclists are to display their receipt in a clear plastic pouch that shall be hung from the motorcycle headlamp cover.

The Parking Pay Stations make on-street parking easier, by accepting:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express

Downtown Hartford Park, Shop & Dine Gift Card

  • Coins – nickels, dimes. quarters & dollar coins (US currency only)

How to use Pay & Display

Select the form of payment and amount of parking time desired, as indicated by printed instructions on the Parking Pay Station.  The minimum purchase for parking is twenty-five (25) cents for fifteen minutes.

The Parking Pay Station will generate a receipt stamped with an expiration time and date receipt that must be placed in clear view on your vehicle’s curbside windshield and enforcement officers patrol the streets looking for expired tickets instead of expired meters.

Credit Cards with Pay & Display

When using a Credit Card to purchase parking, follow these simple steps:

  • Insert credit or debit card in the slot marked”1 Insert Card” to begin transaction to purchase the desired amount of time to park your vehicle.
  • Use the BLUE buttons to purchase your desired amount of time
  • The “MAX” button will automatically give you two hours
  • Press the GREEN button, once the proper amount of time is displayed on the screen
  • Remove credit card when prompted and the Parking Pay Station will contact your bank for authorization.
  • When approved, the Parking Pay Station will print your P&D receipt
  • Return to your vehicle and display the P&D receipt properly in the vehicle’s curbside windshield

If the transaction is not approved, or there are other technical issues, messages will be displayed on the screen.

You cannot add time to your initial purchase.

The receipt is valid on any Hartford street that has Parking Pay Station, if you still have time left and wish to move to another parking location.

Coins with Pay & Display

When using Coins to purchase parking, follow these simple steps:

  • Insert coins in the slot marked “1 & 2 Add time with each coin deposited” to purchase the desired amount of time to park your vehicle.
  • The amount of time purchased will be displayed on the screen.
  • Press GREEN button for P&D receipt once the proper amount of time is displayed on the screen.
  •  Wait for the Parking Pay Station to print your P&D receipt.
  • Return to your vehicle and display the receipt properly

The receipt is valid on any Hartford street that has Parking Pay Station, if you still have time left and wish to move to another parking location.

The Parking Pay Station gives you much more flexibility.

The receipts are fully transferable to any Hartford street with another Parking Pay Station, just look for the clearly marked signs and directional arrows when you may move your vehicle if time remains on the receipt.

Parking regulations are only in effect at specific times and on specific days, as indicated on the signs posted on each street or block.  If parking is prohibited during specific hours on a street or block, your vehicle will be in violation even if the time has not expired on the receipt displayed in your vehicle’s curbside windshield. Parking Pay Stations will not operate during the restricted time and will flash a “No Parking” message on the display. In addition, credit/debit card and coin payments will not be accepted during times of parking restrictions.

At times when metered parking is in effect, drivers must use a credit/debit cards or deposit coins to purchase time for parking using a pay station.  All Parking Pay Stations in the City of Hartford can be activated with a credit/debit card, quarters, nickels, dimes, and dollar coins. The amount of time that each coin will purchase is indicated on the display of the Parking Pay Station.  The Parking Pay Stations will only accept US currency.

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