Parking districts put your parking dollars to work, reinvesting parking meter funds in immediate district improvements like better sidewalks, street lighting and streetscape enhancements, park and open space maintenance, and bike and pedestrian improvements.

What is it?

A Parking Management District is a geographic area where traffic flow on public streets requires a higher level of management than commonly provided and it is determined that parking meters can help facilitate mobility.

How they Work

A parking district allows residents and businesses, with City of Austin approval, to create a boundary surrounding a metered parking area and dedicate a portion of the revenue raised within the established district for streetscape and mobility improvements.

To become a parking district, an area with paid, on-street parking must add at least 100 new paid, on-street parking spaces, and an area without paid, on-street parking must create at least 200 paid, on-street parking spaces. The goal of this requirement is to promote parking turnover and reduce high commuter idle. Charging for parking and promoting other transportation alternatives can help reduce single occupant vehicle miles traveled. The parking district will benefit from those who still choose to park and pay the meter.

The district dedicates 51 percent of the public paid parking revenue, less City expenses (purchase and installation of meter or pay station, credit card processing charge, back office support and state sales tax), to help with local improvements that promote walking, cycling and transit use, such as sidewalks, curb ramps, lights and bicycle lanes, park maintenance, signage, and wayfinding.

Currently there are several parking districts in Austin.

Funds Available

So far, the City of Austin has raised $1,866,092 to be used for local projects in its parking districts and will be working to identify projects to complete in the next year.

Resources

Email parking@austintexas.gov to inquire and set up a meeting to discuss whether a parking district is right for your area.