Arlington County uses time restrictions and parking meters in the busiest sections of the County in order to appropriately manage valuable curbside space. Time restrictions and parking meters encourage turnover by parkers so that more people can access businesses or other facilities adjacent to the curb. There are over 5,200 metered spaces within the County. Short-term parking meters (30 minutes to 4 hours) are usually installed in commercial and mixed-use neighborhoods. Some spaces where the demand for turnover is not as high may have 10-hour time limits.
Because most of the parking meters are designed for turnover (short-term) parking, you are required to leave the parking space when the meter's time limit has been reached. It is illegal to pay for additional time at the meter after the time limit has been reached. Feeding the meter beyond its original maximum time could result in your vehicle receiving a parking ticket. Persons with disabilities may park at specially designated meters that have longer allowable times.
The hourly rate at long-term meters (over four hours) is $1.00 per hour and the hourly rate at short-term meters is $1.25 per hour. There are 181 metered spaces in the County where the rates are $0.50 per hour. Click here to see their location. Parking meters are in effect in most areas 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. Evening, Sundays and major holidays are free. The following is a list of County Holidays, when parking meters are not enforced.
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Defective meters can reported to 703-228-3298, our automated report line, or use our online report form.
Arlington has generally three different types of parking payment devices: single-space meters, multi-space meters and the iPark.
Multi-space pay stations make parking as easy as 1-2-3. With two ways to pay, (coins –quarters or dollar coins – or credit card (VISA or Master Card), there are just three easy steps to follow.
• First, insert coins or credit card and indicate the time.
• Next push the print button for your receipt.
• Finally, place the receipt face-up on the dashboard of your car.
It's that easy!
Benefits of Multi-space Meters:
Motorists may pay for their parking at single-space meters at multi-space pay stations as long as the time duration on the receipt is no longer than what is allowed at the single-space meter. In this situation, a pay station receipt must be displayed on the vehicle dash board.
Arlington has more than 2,300 single space parking meters throughout the County for widely varying increments of time. They are easily spotted from the driver's seat by a color code:
|Yellow (1/2 hr)||Silver (1 hr)||Blue (2 hrs)||Red (4 hrs)||Green (10 hrs)|
The iPark is a pre-paid in-car meter device. You simply select the type of Meter you are parking at, start the iPark, and hang it from your rear view mirror. When you return to your car you simply turn it off and you will have only paid for the minutes you actually parked. Click here to go to the Treasurer's Office web page for more information.
Wrong-Way Parking: It is illegal to park a vehicle facing the wrong way on any street in Arlington.