Parking Meters

Pay by Plate Meters Continue to Replace Pay and Display Meters

The Parking Authority is currently replacing existing IPS Pay and Display meters with Pay by License Plate meters using two vendors - IPS and Flowbird.  With these new meters, you do not need to return to your car to display the receipt on your dash to avoid getting a ticket. There are fewer than 50 remaining pay and display parking meters.

IPS Pay by Plate Parking Meter

Pay by License Plate Meters 

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Flowbird Pay by Plate Parking Meter 

  Flowbird Parking Meter 

Tell us how you like the Flowbird meter!

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IPS Parking Meter Survey:

Flowbird Parking Meter Survey:

Number Installed

As of March 15, 2021, we have installed a total of 798 Pay by plate meters. 

  •  373 IPS
  •  425  Flowbird 

We have 42 pay and display meters remaining. 

Locations of Meters

We have officially completed pay by plate installation in the Central Business District, Harbor East, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Hampden, Mt. Washington, Mt. Vernon, and Charles Village. 

See map for locations, and desired Flowbird conversions Phase 1 and 2.

See map for locations in Hampden.

See map for locations in Mt. Vernon.

How They Work

Pay by License Plate MetersThese new Pay by License Plate meters wirelessly send the license plate number with the parking time purchased to Parking Enforcement, a division within the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. 

Download Directions on how to operate the meter.

No Need to Place Receipt on Dashboard

In locations where these new meters are installed, parkers will no longer have to return to their vehicle to place a printed receipt on their dashboard. Parkers enter their license plate number, pay for the time they would like to park using coins or a credit card and walk away. There is no need to return to your vehicle.

If needed, parkers can print or email themselves a receipt from the meter. 

The new meters also make it easier for motorcycle riders, who have a difficult time displaying their paper receipts; and people with disabilities who will not have to return to their vehicle once they’ve paid.

Payment Methods/Hours of Operation

The new parking meters will still accept coins and credit cards. Hours of operation and hourly rates are not affected by the new parking meters.

Pay by License Plate meters will replace EZ Park meters in other parts of Baltimore throughout 2020 and 2021. 

Request a Meter

Complete this form to request a parking meter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download a list of Frequently Asked Questions: pdf

Parking Meter Enforcement Resumed July 13, 2020

Download Press Release

Parking Meter Enforcement Resumes

Dept of Transportation Enforcement Update

New Rates in Central Downtown

Go to the Demand-Based Parking Meter Rate Setting webpage. 

Pay by Cell Phone Coming Soon

Go to Parking Authority Blog to learn more.


You don’t have to pay the parking meters on the following days because most businesses are closed: 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

EZ Park Meters (Multi-Space Meters)

ADA Easy Park Meter


Since 2004, hundreds of EZ Park Parking Meters have been installed throughout Baltimore City, replacing thousands of single-space parking meters.

There are many benefits to multi-space meters including:

  • Less sidewalk clutter
  • Accept credit cards as well as coins
  • Allows more cars to park per block

Problems with EZ Park Meters can be reported using our online form below or by calling (443) 986-9430 for 24/7 customer service. 

Single Space Meters

But not every single space parking meter can be replaced with a multi-space EZ Park Meter.  Some blocks have just two or three meters or there isn't enough curb space to place an EZ Park Meter.  


Early in 2014, hundreds of new single-space parking meters that accept credit cards, as well as coins, replaced many of the old parking meters throughout Baltimore.  Now, drivers can park in these areas with the same ease and convenience they have grown to enjoy since the debut of EZ Park Meters in 2004. 
Problems with single-space meters can be reported by calling (410) 396-1881.

Project SPACE

Project SPACE launched in Phase 1 of Baltimore City on July 10, 2014. We continue to add more areas to Project SPACE. Go to to find the most current information. There you will find maps of the areas where this program is in effect. Station North and Midtown launched on July 23, 2018. 

Project SPACE does four things:

  1. Reserves on-street parking spaces for people with disabilities in metered areas.
  2. Installs accessible single-space parking meters at the reserved spaces
  3. Retrofits existing multi-space EZ Park meters to meet most current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  4. Requires payment from everyone parking at ADA accessible meters. 

 Please click here to learn more about Project SPACE.

Parking with a disability placard or plates OUTSIDE of Project SPACE:

If your disability tag/plate is displayed and you are parking outside of Phase 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 boundaries, you are entitled to park at an on-street parking meter for double the meter duration limit (not to exceed four hours) without payment.

Example: if the parking meter’s duration limit is one hour, you may park for two hours; if the meter duration limit is two hours, you may park for four hours; if the meter duration limit is four hours, you may only park for four hours.


Parking Ticket Adjudication

We do not issue parking tickets nor do we adjudicate them. Please call the Bureau of Treasury Management/Collections at (410) 396-4080.

Parking Ticket Collection

We do not issue parking tickets nor do we collect parking ticket fines. Please call the Bureau of Treasury Management/Collections at (410) 396-4080.

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