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The city offers over 805 metered spaces along streets in the Downtown, 8th Ward, Moxham, and Old Conemaugh Boro and in the 3 municipal garages. All meters must be plugged Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, according to their time limits. Parking is free on Saturday and Sundays, and federal holidays excluding President’s Day. Handicap meters in the Downtown that are plugged for two hours receive a third free hour regardless of the posted time limit. All meters offer a 5 minute courtesy period for time overages.

Parking Restrictions for the street Sweeper will be enforced.  If you receive a parking ticket, it must be paid by mail or the payment can be placed in the drop box by Franklin and Main Streets.

Downtown meters are divided into three zones:

  • RED (Core Business District) – 2 hour limit, $0.50 per hour
  • YELLOW (Short Term Zone) – 4 hour limit, $0.50 per hour
  • BLUE (Long Term Zone) – 12 hour limit, $0.25 per hour
  • 100 Block of Franklin Street (Post Office side) and 500 Block of Locust Street (30 minute limit)

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets are issued in $10, $15 and $25 amounts, depending on the violation. Tickets issued for $10 are for common meter-related violations such as not plugging the meter or exceeding the posted time limit, while $25 tickets are issued for parking in restricted areas such as handicap zones, sidewalks, and traffic lanes, $15 tickets are issued for restricted night parking. $10 tickets not paid within 10 days incur a $5 late fee. Any ticket dispute must be done within 7 days, please remit a copy of the ticket with the dispute form.  Vehicles with three unpaid parking tickets are subject to booting.

Parking Ticket Dispute Form


There are three municipal parking garages located downtown – Lincoln Street, Main Street East, and Intermodal Transportation Center (see above map). These garages provide covered meter space on the first few levels and monthly parking spaces above for $60.00 a month. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. A two year commitment from one responsible party is required.

Lots located under the Johnstown Expressway in the Kernville neighborhood are available for monthly lease at $30 per spot.

Lincoln Street Garage- 418 Lincoln Street

Intermodal Transportation Center- 316 Vine Street

Main Street East- 539 Locust Street

Loading & Unloading Zones

Businesses can apply to the Bureau of Parking to establish a loading/unloading zone in front of their establishment. The type and annual fee vary on the location from $100 to $600 per year per space.

Handicap Zones

Residents possessing a handicap placard or license plate can apply for a reserved handicap parking space in front of their home. There is a $145.00 fee for the sign and installation along with an annual fee of $75.00.

Residential Parking Permits

Residents living in the Downtown can obtain a Residential Parking Permit to park at non-core meters during the hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Residents living near 90 minute on-street parking zones in neighborhoods like the 8th Ward can use a Residential Parking Permit to park in these zones without adhering to the 90 minute limit.

Kernville residents can receive a residential permit to park in the City owned lots under the Johnstown Expressway overnight, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am.

Proof of residency and registration is required in all instances.  (Vehicle registration must match the address in order to obtain permit.)

Meter Bags

Businesses can pay $8 per day per space for meter bags to reserve spots near their establishment for contractors, visitors, etc that may require short-term adjacent parking.