Parking Meters

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​Salem has three types of parking meters. You will find coin operated meters, electronic meters, and electronic pay stations. Parking time limits are posted on signs throughout the paid parking areas.

Meter payments

Parking meter rates are:

  • $1.50 per hour; maximum 10 hours for $15
  • If using a debit or credit card, the minimum purchase is one hour ($1.50)

Coins are accepted to accommodate shorter-term parking needs and allow more flexible time options, such as paying in advance of the 8:00 a.m. enforcement time.

None of the meters make change or give refunds.

If the meter is broken or malfunctioning, please move to another space and call 503-588-6133 to report the issue.

Meter enforcement

  • Meters are enforced between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Capitol Mall area except Sundays and legal holidays.
  • Meters are enforced between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Downtown Parking District except Sundays and legal holidays.
  • Motorcycles are not exempt
  • Government issued plates are not exempt

Contact us

Parking Services
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Mailing address:
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 

Traditional single space meter

​Coin-operated meters

Accepts coins only.

To operate: Insert coins (quarters, dimes, and/or nickels) until you reach the desired time

If the meter is out of order, please move to another space and call 503-588-6133 to report the issue.

No change/refunds are given.

Instructions for single head smart meter

​Electronic space meters

Accepts coin, Visa/Master Card credit cards, debit cards, and pre-paid Visa/Master Card credit cards.

To operate:

  1. Select corresponding space
  2. Insert coins (quarters, dimes, and/or nickels), or card (VISA/MC) and select time
  3. Confirm transaction

If the meter is out of order, please move to another space and call 503-588-6133 to report the issue.

No change/refunds are given.

Instructions for using pay station

​Electronic pay stations

Accepts coin, Visa/Master Card credit cards, debit cards, and pre-paid Visa/Master Card credit cards.

To operate:

  1. Insert coins (quarters, dimes, and/or nickels), or card (VISA/MC)
  2. Press the yellow button to add time
  3. Press the green button to complete
  4. Display receipt face up on dash or at the bottom of the curbside window, facing out

If the pay station is out of order, please find the nearest pay station for use and call 503-588-6133 to report the issue.

No change/refunds are given.

Pay by Plate:

  1. Enter license plate number then press green button
  2. Insert coins (quarters, dimes, and/or nickels), or card (VISA/MC)
  3. Press the yellow button to add time
  4. Press the green button to complete
  5. Keep the receipt for your records

If the pay station is out of order, please call 503-588-6133 to report the issue.

No change/refunds are given.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

  • The only Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) placard exempt from paying is the “Wheel Chair User”
  • Salem Revised Code 102.085 - Parking for Persons with Disabilities; Parking in Violation of Disabled Parking Laws Prohibited
  • Oregon Revised Code 811.635 - Privileges granted by disabled person parking permit other than program placard

Additional information​

Parking meters are enforced through the following Salem Revised Code (SRC):