Enforcement of Parking violations is handled by the Rochester Police Department. Parking meters are enforced Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the exception of six holidays. The days and times of enforcement are listed on each meter.
No parking is allowed any time at any hooded parking meter. Other parking violations are also enforced at all times, including evenings and weekends, such as loading zone restrictions, handicapped parking violations, no parking zones, and other parking prohibitions. Rochester Municipal Parking provides more information about parking options and enforcement.
Paying a Parking Ticket
The City Clerk's Office processes payment on parking violations, also referred to as parking tickets or citations. Parking violations may be paid with a credit card online or by phone at (888) 266-1408, or can be mailed in or dropped off at the City Clerk's Office. There is also a secured after-hours drop box located just before the circle drive of the City Hall/Government Center parking lot.
Contesting a Ticket
The City Clerk's Office does not waive parking tickets. If you wish to contest a parking ticket you have received, follow the instructions on the ticket to plead not guilty by bringing the ticket to the 5th floor of the Government Center at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
If a parking meter is not operating correctly, you must notify the City Clerk's Office at the time you first park and discover the malfunction. If you already loaded money into the meter, you may remain parked for the duration of the meter allowance. Please call (507) 328-2900 and be prepared to provide the meter number, a description of the issue, and your license plate number. The Clerk's Office will send a parking technician to check on the meter, and if a malfunction is noted, any ticket issued to you will be voided. Tickets issued as a result of an unreported meter malfunction cannot be voided by the City Clerk's Office.
Citations for a Vehicle you no Longer Own
If you receive a citation after you have sold your vehicle, you can complete an Affidavit of Sale form and submit the completed and notarized form to the City Clerk's Office by mail or in person. You need to provide enough information to be able to contact the new owner and proof of the sale. You will continue to receive notices of any additional citations as long as the State still shows the vehicle title in your name.
Tickets issued with a Valid Residential Parking Permit
If you believe you have a valid residential parking permit and still receive a parking ticket when parked in your assigned zone, please contact the City Clerk's Office to confirm your permit is still valid and has been correctly entered into the permit system. You can call the Office at (507) 328-2900.
If you receive a ticket for any other reason you believe is in error, you may follow the instructions on the back of the ticket to contest the citation in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m., or you may submit a parking question form with your concern about the citation.