ATD’s Parking Enterprise Division manages on-street parking to ensure equal access to parking for residents, visitors, and businesses, while also increasing safety.
Electronic parking meters are installed by the City of Austin on streets in areas with high amounts of visitors and demand for parking to help ensure equal access to parking for residents, businesses and visitors. Studies show that parking meters encourage parking turnover, increasing the amount of individuals that can access parking while also increasing businesses' access to parking spaces.
Be sure to always read posted signage near and on the electronic parking meters for information on enforcement hours and maximum parking times. The City of Austin does not regulate or enforce parking on the University of Texas campus or within the State Capitol Complex.
The City of Austin has partnered with car share service providers Car2Go and Zipcar to provide convenient, on street parking for customers.
Both Car2Go and Zipcar have designated spaces in Downtown Austin (marked by posted signs). Additionally, Car2Go vehicles may park at City of Austin metered spaces for free. Car share vehicles are still subject to most posted signs, and are not allowed to park in no-parking zones, fire zones, commercial zones, etc.
For more information about where Zipcar and Car2Go parking and service, please click-through to the websites below.
Back in angle parking has been installed in some areas around Austin to enhance safety for people parking their vehicles and traveling in the areas adjacent to parking spaces.
Back in angle parking makes it easier for users to load their vehicles, particularly when loading the trunk or bed of a pick up truck. Additionally, it increases visibility of oncoming traffic and cyclists by allowing drivers to look ahead when pulling out of a space instead of reversing into traffic.
Back in angle parking also allows the City of Austin to maximize parking in some areas. For example, where two parallel spaces may fit, four back in angle spaces fit.
It is illegal to pull into a back in angle parking space with the front tires of the vehicle to the curb.