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Parking Meters

The City of Berkeley uses parking meters as a parking management tool, primarily in commercial areas and around public spaces or facilities that are major trip generators. Meters are typically used to improve access, promote commercial activity, and discourage long-term car storage. The City may adjust a meter’s hourly rate and/or limit the amount of time one may park in a metered parking space to encourage turnover and increase parking availability for short-term visitors and customers. Parking customers interested in long-term parking (over 2 hour, all day, or commuter parking) may park in the City’s off-street parking garages and lots or goBerkeley Value pricing areas around downtown Berkeley and the Southside/Telegraph areas.

Parking meters in Downtown Berkeley, Southside/Telegraph, and the Elmwood are managed under the goBerkeley demand-responsive parking management program. Beginning May 1st, 2016, parking meter rates will be changing in all three goBerkeley areas. Visit www.goberkeley.info for more information.

Over the years, parking meters have evolved from wholly mechanical devices to the state-of-the-art smart parking meters we use today. Currently, the City of Berkeley uses two types of meters: multi-space (IPS pay stations) and single-space, to monitor over 3,700 parking spaces. All meters accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, as well as nickels, dimes, quarters, and small one dollar coins.

Chapter 14.52 of the Berkeley Municipal Code describes rules and procedures for the management and use of the City's parking meters.

Hours of Operation  

On-Street Meters: In general, on-street meters are in operation from 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday including some holidays. There are exceptions to these general hours, so be sure to check the meters themselves and/or posted signs nearby to confirm hours of operation.

Metered Parking Lots:
Berkeley Way Lot: 7 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Saturday
Elmwood District Lot: 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday

Pre-Pay and Sleep Modes: All City of Berkeley meters revert to “sleep” mode from the end of one operating shift until the start of operating hours the following business day. A “pre-pay” mode is available two hours before metered time begins. This allows you to park and pre-pay if you expect to remain parked at that spot once hours of operation begin. The meter will start charging time once the enforcement hours begin.

 Parking Meter Holidays 

Meters are not enforced on the following holidays:

New Year's Day, January 1 (Holiday observed on Monday if it falls on Sunday) 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Third Monday in January 
President's Day, Third Monday in February 
Memorial Day, Last Monday in May 
Independence Day, July 4 (Holiday observed on Friday if it falls on a Sunday) 
Labor Day, First Monday in September 
Indigenous People's Day, Second Monday in October 
Veterans Day, November 11 (Holiday observed on Monday if it falls on Sunday) 
Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November 
Christmas Day, December 25 (Holiday observed on Monday if it falls on Sunday) 

Time Limit Enforcement

Time limits are strictly enforced and may not be extended by adding more money after the posted maximum time limit has expired. In other words, “feeding the meter” is illegal per BMC 14.52.060. Use these links for information on other local parking restrictions and California Vehicle Codes.

Broken Meters
Parking at a broken or inoperable single space meter is limited to the posted time limit. If a multi-space pay station is broken and you are unable to obtain a parking receipt to display on your dashboard, you must locate a functional pay station to purchase your parking. It is not legal to park in a space with a broken meter longer than the meter time limit.
To report a broken meter or pay station, call 311 or (510) 981-CITY (2489), and provide the meter or pay station number.

Parking Meter Rates

The City of Berkeley has two rate structures for parking meters: 

  • In goBerkeley program areas (approximately 2,000 parking spaces in Downtown, Telegraph/Southside, and the Elmwood) hourly rates range from $1.50/hour in Value areas to $2.75/hour in Premium areas. Premium and Value areas are identified using color-coded signs (Premium areas are blue, and Value areas are green). See www.goberkeley.info for more detail. 
  • In all other metered areas, the hourly rate is $1.50. Other metered areas in Berkeley include the Gourmet Ghetto, Solano Avenue, Telegraph Avenue, Claremont & Ashby, College & Alcatraz, North Campus (Euclid/Hearst), San Pablo Avenue, the Gilman District, and University Avenue. 

 goBerkeley Program Areas and Rates

Current goBerkeley program locations and rates are described below.   

goBerkeley Program Area

Parking Type

Parking Boundaries or Location

Hourly Rate

Rate Zone

Max Time Limit 

Downtown Berkeley

Metered parking in Premium Zone

Hearst Avenue (North) to Bancroft Way (South), between Oxford Street (East) and MLK Jr. Way (West)

$2.75

Premium

2 hrs.

Metered parking in Value Zone

Bancroft Way (North) to Dwight Way (South), between Fulton Street (East) and Milvia Street (West)

$1.50

Value

8 hrs.

Berkeley Way Lot

Located south of Berkeley Way between Shattuck Avenue and Milvia Street 

 

 $1.50

 

 Value

 

 8 hrs.

Telegraph/
Southside

Metered parking in Premium Zone

  Bancroft Way (North) to Channing Way (South), between Piedmont Avenue (East) and Fulton Street (East)

 $2.75 

  Premium 

 2 hrs.

Metered parking in Value Zone

Channing Way (North) to Dwight Way (South), between College Avenue (East) and Dana Street (West)

$1.50

Value

8 hrs.

Elmwood District  

Metered parking in Premium Zone

Stuart Street (North) to Webster Street (South), between Piedmont Avenue (East) and Benvenue Avenue (West) 

1st Hour - $1.50 

 2nd Hour - $2.00

 3rd Hour - $2.50

Premium

3 hrs.

Elmwood Lot 

Located just west of the College Avenue/Russell Street intersection 

$1.50 

Value 

3 hrs. 

 

 (Effective December 1, 2015. More information available at www.goBerkeley.info.)

Other Citywide Parking Areas and Rates

Non goBerkeley program locations and rates are described below. 

Metered Area  Metered Area Boundaries  Hourly Rate   Time Limits 

North Berkeley
(Shattuck Avenue) 
 

Rose Street (North) to Hearst Avenue (South), between Oxford Street (East) and Milvia Street (West) 

$1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

Solano Avenue 

The Alameda (East) to Tulare Street (West), between Tacoma & Catalina Avenues (North) and Marin Avenue (South)  

 $1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

Telegraph Avenue  

Telegraph from Dwight Way (North) to Woolsey Street (South), to Regent Street (East)
AND
Regent Street between Ashby Avenue (North) and Prince Street (South)
AND
2400 block of Blake Street 
 

$1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

Adeline/Shattuck 

Ward Street (North) to Essex Street (South), between Shattuck Avenue (East) and Adeline Street (West) 

$1.50 

30 mins. to 2 hrs. 

Claremont & Ashby

Russell Street (North) to Ashby Avenue (South), between Domingo Avenue (East) and Claremont Avenue (West) 

$1.50 

30 mins. to 1 hr. 

College & Alcatraz 

Vicinity of intersection of College Avenue & Alcatraz Avenue north of the Berkeley city line 

$1.50 

1 hour 

North Campus (Euclid/Hearst)  

Le Conte Avenue (North) to Hearst Avenue (South), between Gayley Road (East) and Oxford Street (West) 

 $1.50  

1 to 2 hrs.  

San Pablo Avenue 

San Pablo Avenue between Harrison Street (North) and Heinz Avenue (South) 

$1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

Gilman District 

9th Street, 10th Street and Camelia Street south of Gilman Street  

$1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

Fourth Street 

Fourth Street between Virginia Street (North) and Hearst Avenue (South) 

$1.50

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

University Avenue 

Hearst Avenue (North) to Addison Street (South), between MLK Jr Way (East) and 3rd Street (West) 

$1.50  

30 mins. to 2 hrs.  

 

Payment Increments And Credit/Debit Card Minimum Payment 

When using a credit/debit card payment option, all meters require a 12-minute minimum transaction time. All City of Berkeley meters accept coins, credit and debit cards. Coins do not require a 12-minute transaction minimum. The table below shows parking meter coin increments by meter rate.

goBerkeley Premium

2-Hour

$2.75 

 goBerkeley Premium  

 3-Hour  

 $1.50 - $3.00

 Standard  

 1- to 3-Hour  

 $1.50

 goBerkeley Value 

 8-Hour  

 $1.50

 1 Nickel = 1.09 min  

 1 Dime = 2.18 min  

 1 Quarter = 5.45 min

 1 Nickel = 2 min 

 1 Dime = 4 min  

 1 Quarter = 10 min

 1 Nickel = 2 min  

 1 Dime = 4 min  

 1 Quarter = 10 min

 1 Nickel = 2 min  

 1 Dime = 4 min  

 1 Quarter = 10 min

Parking Meter Revenue 

Revenue collected from on-street parking operations is used to support City services. Currently, parking meter revenue is used to fund Parking Enforcement operations of the Berkeley Police Department.

Meter Maintenance

The City's Public Works Department has a Meter Maintenance Team consisting of a Supervisor and 8 staff people who are responsible for the collection of revenues, as well as the maintenance and repair of the City’s on-street meters.  The Meter Maintenance Team is responsible for routinely replacing meter batteries, lubricating locks, maintaining meter identification numbers, replacing domes and removing graffiti from meters and poles.  

Whenever the Meter Maintenance Team finds a vehicle parked at a malfunctioning meter, they initiate repair and place the maximum time on the meter.  However, the maximum time you can park in a meter space (during enforcement hours) is the maximum time allowed if the meter were functioning (e.g.1 hour; 2 hours).  Therefore, you run the risk of getting a ticket if you are parked at a malfunctioning meter longer than this allotted time – functioning or not.

If you have any questions for the Meter Maintenance Team, please use our Online Service Center, call  311, or (510) 981-CITY (2489).

How to Use Berkeley’s Parking Meters

Multi-space Park EZ Pay Stations 

 Park EZ Pay Station machines accept 3 convenient forms of payment:

  1. Coins (nickels, dimes, quarters, small one-dollar coins)
  2. Credit card (Visa or Master Card) 12-minute minimum transaction required
  3. Debit card (w/credit card logo) 12-minute minimum transaction required

Payment instructions, and hours of operation are posted on each pay station. 

             

CALE ParkEZ multispace meter                    

 At the meter you need to: 
  1.  Pay for the time you need to park.
  2. If using credit/debit card, adjust time when prompted on screen.
  3.  Press the green button (“OK”).
  4.  Place your receipt ticket on the driver side dash of you vehicle (face up).
  5.  Return to your vehicle before your time expires.

Multi-space Pay Station Receipt Ticket
CALEticket

Single-Space Meters 

Single space meters feature an illuminated display to view parking rates, hours, time limit and other important information.

Single space meters accept 3 convenient forms of payment:

  1. Coins (nickels, dimes, quarters, small one-dollar coins)
  2. Credit card (Visa or Master Card) 12 minute minimum transaction required
  3. Debit card (with credit card logo) 12 minute transacation required.  

Payment instructions, and hours of operation are posted on each pay station. 

 IPS Credit Card enabled meter   

At the meter, you need to:

  1. Pay for the time you need to park.
  2. If using a credit/debit card, adjust time when prompted on screen with  Add/Plus and  Less/Minus buttons.
  3.  Press green ok button.
  4. Return to your vehicle before your time expires


Parking Meter Signs and Decals

goBerkeley Zones You can tell you are in a goBerkeley zone when you see signs like this:

 goBerkeley 2hr parking sign  goBerkeley 8hr parking sign

Multi-space Pay Stations

 ParkEZ Pay Station   

On blocks with pay stations, signs are posted to direct users to "Pay to Park” with arrows pointing towards the closest pay station. (Figure1a) Green and white regulation signs advise of the zone limits for areas (Figure 1b). If an arrow is not present on the zone limit sign, the limit is enforced for the entire block. Some locations use curb markings along with parking signs (Figure1c)

  EZParking Sign A- 90 Minute Zone       
Diagram 1a

 EZ Parking sign B 
Diagram 1b

 Pay to PARK curb legend 
Diagram 1c

Park EZ Pay Station signs are posted above each pay station (Diagram 1d and 1e):

        ParkEZ Station Location Sign A      

Diagram 1d  

  

 ParkEZ LocationB-90 minutes         

                                 Diagram 1e 

 

      Enforcement Info Sign     

    
  Informational Signs with enforcement rules        

Restricted Parking Rules - Sample
 at Farmers Market Location 
      
 Diagram 2b-Farmer's Market Location  

 Decals provide instructions for:

  • how to use the multi-space pay stations (Diagram 3a),
  • what the parking rates are (Diagram 3b) and
  • how/where to  display your parking receipt ticket inside your vehicle (Diagram 3c).

 Diagram 3a-Parking Info Decal 
Diagram 3a

   

  

   Diagram3B-Parking Info Decal
  Diagram 3b

 Diagram 3C-Parking Info Decal-Receipt Display 
Diagram 3c

Single-Space Meters 

Parking rate and hours of operation information is displayed on screen at the head, or crown, of the meter as shown below (Diagram 4a).

          Diagram 4a - IPS Display ScreenDiagram 4a

 

 Diagram 4C - Duncan Meter Decal - Time Limits Enforced(1)  
Diagram 4c

 

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