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Welcome to Downtown Bloomington, where a variety of parking options exist including on-street, surface pay lots and three centrally located parking garages. If you're spending the day, or even multiple days, we encourage you to use one of our off-street parking garage options with reasonable rates and excellent convenience.

Contact Us

If you experience issues with any if the downtown meters, please call 812-349-3451.

On-Street Parking Meter Information

How to Pay

You can use credit cards, debit cards, or coins. Coins are your best bet to avoid convenience fees. Read about our safety and security measures for credit card information

Parkmobile icon New! The City has partnered with Parkmobile, a mobile pay application for the meters. Learn more about the mobile pay app

NEW Parkmobile Changes

Customers should be aware of Parkmobile's change to its Pay-As-You-Go system, which will replace the older "Select Your Parking" feature. The previous system allowed the user to choose the number of hours he or she wished to park. Pay-As-You-Go allows the user to start the meter and let the time run until the user manually stops the time count. This prevents a customer having to pay for an entire hour when he or she only needs to park for a short timeframe, such as 15 minutes. Customers should be advised, however, that Parkmobile will not automatically stop the meter runtime after a specific amount of time has passed. Therefore, users may end up paying for additional time at a meter if they do not enter the app again to stop the meter once they return to their vehicle.


Metering Hours

Monday through Saturday - 9am to 9pm. Free on Sundays and City holidays.

*Parking is free on every Saturday during the month of December.

Free Parking is Available!

Free parking opportunities at our garages, lots, and on-street spaces are marked in bold

Downtown Parking Garages



Additional Downtown Surface Parking Lots

Lot 1 - Dunn Street and E. 4th Street (just off of Restaurant Row)

Lot 3 - E. 4th Street and Washington Street (behind the Buskirk-Chumley Theater)

Lot 5 - E. 6th Street and Lincoln Street (across from the Monroe County Public Library)

Lot 6 - E. 3rd Street and Washington Street (behind the Bloomington Police Department)

Parkmobile may be used at any of the following City lots:

Free on street parking spaces:

More Information

Downtown, these parking meters are easy to use! Please watch the meter demo video to see how easy they are to operate.

M5 | Model 147 How-To from IPS Smart Meters on Vimeo.

Credit Card Safety and Security Measures

The safety and security of credit card information is at the forefront of the Parking Enforcement's agenda in Bloomington, IN. This summer, the City installed 1407 card and coin accepting smart meters, which adhere to the highest credit card security standards established; Level 1 PCI DSS compliance. Bloomington's smart meters encrypt data as required by PCI standards, which transfers credit card information in real-time to the City's backend meter software. Credit card information is not stored on the parking meters themselves and data cannot be obtained from them in the event of theft or vandalism.