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City of Bloomington, Indiana

A variety of parking options exist downtown, 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.

NEW Parkmobile Changes

Parkmobile's now uses the 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.

On-Street Parking Meter Information

How to Pay

Use credit cards, debit cards, or coins, or Parkmobile, a mobile pay application for the meters. 

Read about our safety and security measures for credit card information

Rates

  • If using coins - $0.25 per 15 minutes
  • Meters will accept $1 coins, quarters, dimes, and nickels
  • Meters will not accept paper currency
  • Parking meters will not give change
  • If using credit or debit card, there's a 1-hour minimum purchase.
    • A convenience fee of $0.30 per card swipe is added
    • MasterCard, Visa, and Discover accepted

Metering Hours

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

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

Downtown Parking Garages

Permits

Part-time Garage Parking Permits for Downtown Employees

Other Garage Permits

  • Non-Reserved - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - $67
  • Non-Reserved - 12 hours a day, Monday - Friday, 5 days a week - $40
  • Reserved - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - $76
  • Reserved - 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, Monday - Friday, 5 days a week - $57 (4th St Garage only)

Locations

  • 4th Street Garage - 105 W. 4th Street - Entrance on 4th Street between Walnut Street and College Avenue

    • Pay to Park Monday - Friday 8am-6pm with the following exclusions:
      • First three hours are free Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm
      • Free after 6pm daily and all day on weekends
    • Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • $0.50 per hour
  • Morton Street Garage - 220 N Morton St - Entrance on Morton Street between 6th Street and 7th Street

    • Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
      • First three hours are free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • $0.50 per hour
  • Walnut Street Garage - 302 N. Walnut Street - Entrance on Walnut Street between 7th Street and 8th Street

    • Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with the following exclusion:
      • First three hours are free - Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm and Saturday - Sunday 6am - 12pm
    • Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • $0.50 per hour

Additional Downtown Surface Parking Lots

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

  • Rate: $1.00 per hour
  • Parkmobile-ready
  • Meters can be paid up to 2 hours
  • Enforced 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Free after 5pm daily and on weekends

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

  • First three hours free Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
  • Rate: $0.50 per hour
  • Parkmobile-ready
  • Enforced 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Free after 5pm daily and on weekends

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

  • First three hours free - in the metered non-reserved spaces only Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.
  • Reserved spaces are for permit holders only.
  • Rate: $0.50 per hour
  • Parkmobile-ready
  • Enforced 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Free after 5pm daily and on weekends

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

  • First three hours free Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
  • Rate: $0.50 per hour
  • Parkmobile-ready
  • Enforced 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday

Free on-street parking spaces:

  • Rogers Street from 5th to 11th (limit of two hours)
  • Madison Street from 2nd to 3rd
  • Washington Street from 2nd to 3rd
  • Lincoln Street from 3rd to Smith
  • Grant Street from 2nd to Smith

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. Last 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.