Parking Garages / Surface Lots
There are five city parking garages and three surface lots within the downtown district.
All city parking garages are now gateless. Garage parking will now be charged through Metropolis- an easy, contactless form of payment. Register using your cell phone number, vehicle's license plate and enter your credit card information to ensure a no-hassle entry and departure from all city garages. Metropolis works similarly to an express toll pass, by scanning your license plate and charging your registered account. Register here.
Parking garage rates: Under 15 minutes - no charge (but must be registered with Metropolis to receive grace period); $1.75 for the first hour, $1.25 for the 2nd-6th hour. and a $15.99 flat rate for 6-12 hours; Monday - Friday, $3 flat rate* when entering and exiting garages between 3 p.m. - 3 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and City Holidays are FREE! Please note: Overnight parking is not allowed in city garages. Cars parked longer than 24 hours will be charged the normal hourly rate ($1.25/hr.) for every hour parked. (Rates valid as of Oct. 1, 2023 and are inclusive of fees).
*($3 flat rate only applies if you enter and exit between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. If you park longer than 12 hours the rate structure starts over.)
Van access garage parking information can be found here.
Visitors experiencing issues in the parking garages should contact Metropolis' 24/7 support team directly through their website support here or by phone at 856-485-9703. For more information, view Metropolis FAQs here.
*$3 flat rate only applies if you enter and exit between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m.
If you park longer than 12 hours the rate structure starts over.
For more information, check out City of Boulder Parking Garages.
Surface Lots- Pay by credit card (please remember your license plate number to initiate a session) at a parking kiosk or on the ParkMobile app. Short-term parking (15 minutes or less) is FREE by choosing appropriate option at the pay station (and providing your vehicle’s license plate number) or on the ParkMobile app. (Note: the 15 minute free parking applies to one vehicle once per day.) If a pay station is broken or malfunctioning, please pay at the next closest pay station. Please make a service request here to report a broken pay station or meter.
Meter parking - $1.50 per hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays and City Holidays are FREE:
- Broadway and Spruce (58 spaces)
- Broadway and Arapahoe Park Central (27 spaces)
First 90 minutes of parking are free by choosing appropriate option at the pay station (and providing your vehicle’s license plate number) or on the ParkMobile App., additional 90 minutes may be purchased for $1.50 per hour with a 3 hours maximum, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, Sundays and City Holidays are FREE
- 1045 Arapahoe Main Boulder Public Library (177 spaces)
- Municipal Building Parking Lot (73 spaces)