On-Street Parking

Parking Rates


Since July 2015, the rate for parking on the street in the City of Ithaca is $1.50 per hour.  The exception to that rule is Thurston Avenue, Stewart Avenue and Edgemoor Lane where parking is $.75 per hour.


Parking Pay Stations

In July 2015, the City installed 23 pay stations on select city blocks, replacing 346 "lollipop" meters with solar-powered pay stations, making paying for on-street parking more convenient than ever.  The new pay stations are easy to use and provide you with more payment options.  They accept coins (nickels, dimes, quarters), dollar bills ($1, $5, $10, etc.), and credit/debit cards. 

Pay stations are generally in the middle of a block, though patrons may need to cross the street to get to them.  We urge you to cross streets with caution, using the crosswalks at each intersection.  You can pay for parking at any pay station and, if you still have time left, you can move your car to any parking space in the city, metered or not.

For more information on using these pay stations, click these links:


Parkmobile App


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Parkmobile provides a new and better way to pay for parking using your smartphone. With Parkmobile’s mobile app, starting your parking transaction takes just a few seconds.


Residential Parking Permit System

The Residential Parking Permit System is for the East Hill area of the city, near Cornell University in the R1 or R2 zones.  If you live in a block that has been designated as being part of the city's Residential Parking Permit System (Zone A or B Permits), you may be able to purchase a parking permit from the City Clerk's Office. 

If you qualify, please bring proof of residency (current lease, driver's license, utility bill, etc.) and your vehicle registration.  The permit fee is $45 per year, August 1 through July 31.  Eligibility is determined by the criteria below.  Contact the City Clerk's office at (607) 274-6570 for questions about this program. 


Why Odd/ Even?
Odd/ Even parking is in place to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets, from curb to curb, during and immediately following snow events. By switching the side on which cars are parked from day to day using this system, plows can reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. Snowplows operate in the late evening and early morning hours, with the goal of clearing the roads for the busiest hours of vehicle traffic. Odd/ Even parking may also be utilized to enable other street clearing operations that require access tot the full width of a city street.

Where do I park?
Odd/ Even parking regulations are in effect beginning at 7p.m. on November 1st, and continuing until 6 a.m. on April 1st. Odd/ Even parking dictates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street. On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street.

How do I know if Odd/ Even is being enforced?

The City will only enforce the Odd/ Even parking regulations when needed (during a snow event or other situations when it is necessary to clear the streets of vehicles).  If you wish to be notified when the odd/even parking regulations will be enforced, you may sign up for our "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" list here via Swift911TM, the City's emergency alert system. You can also text "Swift911" to "99538". Be sure to select the "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" subscription list, along with any others that may be helpful to you. This website will also have an alert posted to it until the enforcement period ends. While enforcement of the regulations is in effect, everyone must comply with the regulations or risk receiving a parking ticket.

If your street only has parking on one side of the street, you may have to find parking on a nearby street on alternate days.

Your compliance with these regulations helps keep the city's streets free from accumulated snow, ice, and debris.

 Streets marked permanently for 24-hour parking are exempt from the odd/even parking regulation.