Your short-term parking needs are met with 90-minute, on-street parking, on-street metered spaces and off-street metered lots. For longer shopping trips, the 2nd Street, Center Street, Civic Center, 3rd Street, and 1st Street Ramps provide pleasant, close-in, covered parking. With the exception of the 3rd Street ramp, all ramps have indoor connections to adjacent office buildings, retailing, hotels, and banks.
Parking Meter Enforcement Hours
Parking meters are enforced 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except the following holidays;
New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On-street parking is prohibited on most streets in the downtown from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. Look for the posting.
Vehicles With State Issued Disability Plates or Tags
Under Minnesota Law for vehicles displaying a State issued disability plate or tag the following provisions applies;
- Vehicles with a state issued disability plate or tag park free at any metered space.
- Vehicles with a state issued disability plate or tag may park up to 4 hours in 1 hour, 90 minute or 2 hour metered zones.
- Vehicles with a state issued disability plate or tag that park in a cashiered municipal ramp as an hourly customer are eligible a 50% discount.
Free Parking Times
Free parking is provided at all meters after 5:00 p.m. during the weekday and at all times on weekends. Parking in City parking ramps is free after 5:00 p.m. in the evenings and on weekends from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. See below for Overnight Parking restrictions. Fees may be charged for certain event parking. Ramp parking is "Free" if you are in and out within an hour when parking in the following parking ramps; Center Street, Civic Center, First Street and Second Street.
Overnight parking on most streets in the downtown area is prohibited between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am. There is a charge of $13.50 for overnight parking in the city parking ramps.
Many downtown businesses will validate your parking at Center, Civic, First Street, and Second St Ramps. Ask for your validation.
Park & Ride System
The City of Rochester has a great inter-modal transportation system to help you get to your destination faster. A system of Park & Ride lots enables you to drive your vehicle into town, park at one of several safe, convenient locations, then board a city bus to take you to your final destination. People who use this system often get to their destination less stressed than fellow commuters, and actually help to relieve the amount of congestion and improve the air quality in our city. Go to www.rochesterbus.com for more information on public transit in Rochester.
Credit card payment is accepted in the First Street, Second Street, Center Street and Civic Center parking garages. You can use your credit card to enter and/or exit. The charges will be automatically made to your card. You can also present your credit card to the cashier as you exit. Credit Cards accepted include: VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
We are not currently selling the cash keys because we are short on supply. We will, however, refill any cash keys that have already been sold.
Cash Keys can be reloaded with value at the City Clerk's Office located in City Hall, 201 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN or call (507)328 -2900.
Pay By Space Lots
Pay lots are controlled by manual or electronic pay boxes. Select a parking stall, observe the stall number and if it's a manual pay box place your fee in the corresponding slot at the pay station. On the electronic boxes you will need to enter your space number and deposit coins for the amount of time you wish to park. Cash Keys also work in the electronic pay stations.
The City does issue meter bags for construction and other miscellaneous activities. A fee of $6.00 per day per meter is charged. For more information contact Rochester Public Works at (507) 328-2400.
Monthly parking spaces are leased in the municipal ramps and lots. The number of monthly spaces is limited. For more information on monthly leases call Lanier Parking Solutions at (507) 282-4545. You can also click here
(Limits in City Parking Garages)
Vehicle height limits for the municipal garages are listed below. If your vehicle exceeds these heights please contact the garage management about oversized parking at telephone (507)282-4545.
First Street Garage:
6'7" - All Entrances
Second Street Garage:
6'7" at 2nd Street Entrance
6'5" at 3rd Street Entrance
Third Street Garage:
Center Street Garage:
Civic Center Garage:
8' on first level
7' above first level
Oversized Parking (Buses and Trucks)
Limited parking for buses and trucks in the downtown for Civic Center events and hotel guests is available. Contact Lanier Parking Solutions at (507) 282-4545 for details.
If you are visiting Rochester in an RV and staying in the downtown, oversized parking is available (No camping).
If you are a downtown employee or business please consider leaving the short term on-street and lot spaces available to customers and guests. There are 10 hour meters reasonably priced on the fringe of the downtown (10 hour meters have a green top). These meters also take Cash Key. For monthly leases in lots and ramps call (507) 282-4545.
Mayo Civic Center Events
The Mayo Civic Center is served by a number of parking ramps and surface lots within a short walk. The parking ramps are connected to the Civic Center by skyway. Your hotel/motel may also provide free shuttle service to the Civic Center.