Parking

On-Street Meter Parking

The City of Durango has 30-minute, 3-hour, and 10-hour on-street meters in our Central Business District. Parking fees are in effect Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The City of Durango is making service adjustments while coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health and La Plata County to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These efforts reduce close contact between people to reduce community transmission of the virus. 

During the statewide closure of seated dining at restaurants, and to encourage supporting local businesses that offer curbside food pickup, the City of Durango Parking Division has placed free parking signs at some meters in the Central Business District. In addition, the commercial loading zones can be used for pickup as well, limited to 10 minutes. We ask for the community to use these free parking spaces on the honor system, and only for this intended purpose. For more details, please visit DurangoGov.org/emergency 

City Allowing More Outdoor Space for Businesses

The City of Durango has announced that regulations governing on-site parking requirements will be temporarily relaxed to help facilitate outdoor business transactions. An Order signed by Interim City Manager Amber Blake allows businesses to use up to 25 percent of their required on-site parking spaces for seating, merchandise display and conducting transactions with customers. Businesses must continue to abide by state and local orders governing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are also required to complete San Juan Basin Public Health’s self-certification form to ensure proper social distancing practices are in place.

More information can be found here: Order 2020-06 On-Site Parking

Paying a Parking Ticket

Parking tickets can be paid in-person at the cashier’s window in the Transit Center, located at 250 West 8th Street. View additional options to pay parking tickets.

Information about 2017 Parking Code Changes

View information here: Parking Code Changes (PDF)

Narrow Gauge Permit Parking - Pilot Program

For FAQ sheet click here: Pilot Narrow Gauge Permit Program (PDF)

Where Can I Park?

Durango Central Business District has more than 1,000 metered on-street parking spaces and in excess of 350 permit parking spaces in our off-street parking lots. View a parking guide and downloadable maps.

Please click here for the Parking Regulations and Parking Permit Application (PDF). If you buy a parking permit for 3 or more months, receive 15% off!

You may purchase a permit extension at any time; you do not need to wait until your current permit expires.

Parking Meter Enforcement Hours

  • Parking enforcement is year-round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Monday through Friday
  • There is no parking enforcement on holidays or weekends

On-Street Parking

The 30-minute, 3-hour, and 10-hour meters provide downtown parking options. Expired meters result in the issuance of parking citations.

There is NO on-street parking allowed in the Central Business District between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Vehicles parked on the street between those hours are subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Overnight parking is available at any of the municipal parking lots (at the Transit Center and along 2nd Avenue).

Parking in time-restricted areas with no meters is subject to tire marking and over-time citations. Vehicles that do not obey all parking related signs are subject to violation enforcement.

Handicapped Parking

Durango has several designated parking spaces for handicap vehicles. All vehicles parked in these designated spaces must have a valid handicap plate or placard properly displayed. These spaces have designated limits on the sign which must be obeyed for turnover and access. Handicap vehicles remaining in a handicap-designated parking space for more than the designated time may be cited. Those drivers with a properly displayed handicap placard or plate may park for an unlimited time in a non-handicapped metered space without activating the meter, other than the 30-minute meter spaces.

Parking Revenue

Parking revenue is placed in a designated special fund called Transportation Services. In order to reduce vehicle congestion in Durango, revenue from citations, permits and parking meters is used to meet future parking needs and offset the operational costs of the Durango Transit and Multi Modal divisions.

Parking Analysis & Feasibility Study

A Parking Analysis and Feasibility Study has provided several recommendations that are being implemented for parking development. A way to help with parking congestion is to use other modes of transportation like the bus, walking or biking. Please click here for the Multi Modal Division for more ideas.