Downtown Parking

Downtown Paid Parking Program effective April 4th!
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Effective Monday, April 4th, the Downtown Paid Parking Program will be in effect as approved at the February 25th
Galveston City Council meeting:
  • Parking Downtown will be enforced daily between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • Parking within Downtown is $1.50/hour with a minimum of 1 hour 
  • PayByPhone transactions incur a 25 cent convenience fee per transaction
  • Payment is per license plate and is non-transferable 
  • Handicap plates/placards and Disable Veterans plates are exempt
  • Improperly parked vehicles are subject to a $30 citation
  • 15 minute grace periods will be given

In addition, 16 parking meters were installed where visitors may pay using cash or a credit/debit card; payment through PayByPhone via the mobile app, online at paybyphone.com, or over the phone has been reinstated; and Sundays will remain free of charge! 

Please note Church Street will remain a two-hour parking zone with enforcement.

Have additional questions?  Please visit our FAQ page here.



Who is exempt from parking fees?

Owners of vehicles displaying handicap tags or placard's as well as Disabled Veteran's which includes:

  • Congressional Medal of Honor, Former Prisoner of War,
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor,
  • Purple Heart Recipient,
  • Legion of Valor (Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Medal of Honor) or
  • Legion of Merit License Plates

are exempt from the payment of parking fees, including a fee collected through a parking meter, charged by a governmental authority other than a branch of the federal government. These vehicles are only exempt from the parking fees if they are being operated by or for the transportation of the person who registered the vehicle with the above mentioned license plates. In an !ttorney eneral’s pinion o/ -1291, vehicles displaying Disabled Veteran License Plates must not be parked at meters longer than the maximum indicated time on the meters if there is a restriction against parking at a meter in excess of that time. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle also displays a Disabled Parking Placard. Texas law allows parking placards to be removed and displayed in any vehicle used for transportation of a person with a disability. People with disabilities can apply for placards even if they do not own a car. 


Contact Us

  1. Downtown Paid Parking



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    (409) 797-3602