Parking Downtown: On-Street/Off-Street Options

Picture of double-headed parking meter

Effective Monday, March 24, 2014 public parking lot #20, Esther Short Building Lot, is closed.  Please use the link to Parking Lots and Garages Map below to see alternative parking options.



On-Street Parking Options

See how to use a parking pay station:

Parking Meters (coins only)

  • 15-minute (yellow label)
  • 30-minute (red label)
  • 1-hour (green label)
  • 90-minute (black label)
  • 2-hour (blue label)
  • 3-hour (orange label)
  • 5-hour (silver/white)
  • 10-hour (silver/white)

Paystations (coins, debit, Visa or Master Card accepted)

  • 2-hour (blue sign)
  • 3-hour (orange sign)

Maximum time stays are posted on each meter and paystation sign. Overtime, "feeding the meter," or parking longer than the posted time stay is not allowed.

Parking Meter Rates

  • All 15-minute and 30-minute parking stalls: $1 per hour ($.25 for 15 minutes; $.50 for 30 minutes)
  • All 1-hour, 90-minute, 2-hour, 3-hour, 5-hour and 10-hour meters: $.50 per hour

All meters accept US coins. All paystations accept US coins, debit, Visa or Master Card.

On-Street Parking Meter/Paystation Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking is not enforced on weekends or the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

20 Minutes Free in Some Locations
Your first 20 minutes are FREE on some on-street 1-hour, 90-minute, and 2-hour meters in the downtown area. To get your free 20 minutes you must push the button before you insert your coin.

On-Street Parking Permits
Parking Services manages more than 500 on-street parking stalls designated for all day permit parking. On-street parking permits are $37 per month.  Take advantage of electronic parking permit renewal services by doing the following:

  1. Complete the Parking Permit application and return the signed original to the City of Vancouver's Customer Service by mail at PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668, by fax to 360-487-8490, by email to, or in person at 415 W. 6th Street.  You must bring your signed original application with you when you come to Customer Service to pay for and pick up your permit.
  2. You will be notified by email when your online parking permit account is set up and you can purchase your reusable/interchangeable “cling” permit.
  3. Pay for and receive cling permit in person at Customer Service in City Hall.
  4. Access your account online to renew your parking permit.

If you would like to pay for your off-street parking permit, please print, complete and bring the ACH Debit Authorization Form with your application to Customer Service. 

The debit from your checking/saving account will occur on the 25th of each month which will pay for the next month’s permit (previously this was processed on the 10th) ~ this change is necessary in order to ensure all payments are received BEFORE the permit expiration date (if the 25th should fall on a weekend, payment will occur on the next business day).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call (360) 487-8454.


Off-Street Parking Options

Recognizing the importance of affordable and convenient parking options for the success of downtown redevelopment efforts, the City of Vancouver owns and operates 3 surface parking lots and 2 Park 'n Go parking garage facilities.

City of Vancouver Off-Street Parking Lots & Garage Facilities
Lot or Garage Parking Rates

Lot #1 Smith Tower Lot
5th & Washington - 31 stalls
Monthly permits

  • Reserved Stall $47/month
  • Reserved Stall with Senior discount $38/month

Lot #2 Evergreen Lot
Evergreen & Broadway - 62 stalls
1 & 2-hour free parking          
Monthly permits

  • Reserved Stall $62/month

Lot #5 Park 'n GoTM
Columbia Bank Garage

5th & Broadway - 233 stalls
90-minute & 5-hour meters
Monthly permits
FREE weekdays after 6 pm & weekends
(except for special events)

  • General Access $67/month
  • General Access with Senior Discount $55/month
  • General Access Senior Development Housing $37/month
Lot #11 Broadway Lot
11th & Broadway - all reserved
  • Reserved Stalls $62/month

Lot #18 Park 'n GoTM Vancouvercenter Garage
6th & Columbia - 750 stalls
Hourly parking
Monthly permits
Garage Hours:
Monday - Thursday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday - 6:00 am - Midnight
Sunday - 8:00 am - 10:00 pm




  • General Access (Levels P1/P2) $67/month
  • General Access w/Senior Discount (Levels P1/P2) $55/month
  • General Access Senior Development Housing (Levels P1/P2) $34/month
  • General Access (Level P3) $84/month
  • Paystation Fees:
    .75 per hour
    6:00 am - 6:00 pm weekdays - $6.00
    6:00 am - closing weekdays - $8.50
    6:00 pm - closing weekdays - $2.50
    All day on weekends - $2.50