Pay Lots

Pay by License Plate locations:

Use ParkMobile/MPLSParking App if you see green ParkMobile signage (link to ‘Pay by Phone’ tab), OR;

Pay at the meter:
  1. Enter vehicle license plate at the parking meter.
  2. Insert payment (coin or card).
  3. Use yellow value buttons to add time in hourly increments.
  4. Press green button to complete transaction.
  5. Keep your receipt for proof of payment (no need to display).
Pay & Display

(note: this format is going away in summer 2019)

Pay at the meter:
  1. Insert cash or insert card face up and remove quickly. Meter does not provide change.
  2. Press yellow value button to add more time.
  3. Press green button to complete transaction and print receipt.
  4. Visibly display receipt inside of vehicle on dashboard face up.

On Street

Multi-Space Meters

Use ParkMobile/MPLSparking App (link to ‘Pay by Phone’ tab), OR;

Pay at the meter:
  1. Enter space number and press green button or ‘enter’.
  2. Insert payment (coin or card).
  3. Use value buttons to add time.
  4. Press button to print receipt.
Coin Meter Locations
  • Park in an open space
  • Feed the meter with coins to the desired time period
  • Take note of how much parking time you have left to avoid a ticket!

Pay by Phone

  • To pay your parking at one of our on-street parking meters, please download the MPLSParking or Parkmobile app from the App Store or Google Play (also available for Windows, Blackberry, and Amazon based devices).
  • Create your free account linked to an email address, vehicle license plate (you can add more than one!), and a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover).
  • Enter your space or parking lot number (5 digit number beginning with 9  (on-street) or 99 (surface lot)
  • Select parking duration from the list
  • Confirm and pay for your space with the credit card registered to your app

For more information please check out this how-to guide from Parkmobile.


Event Parking

MPRB parking operations manages occasional event parking throughout the year for one-time, recurring, and ongoing events. 2019 Event Schedule for Gopher Football games is below:

East River Flats Pay Lot (350 East River Parkway, Minneapolis):

  • No Overnight Parking
  • Event rate begins 4 hours prior to kickoff

Thursday Aug. 29
Saturday Sept. 14
Saturday Oct. 5
Saturday Oct. 12
Saturday Nov. 9
Saturday Nov. 30

2019 Permit Rates

First Permit
$40 Adult 18-61
$35 Adult 62+

Second Permit (for an additional vehicle owned by a valid permit holder)
Same fee if purchased at a later date.
$30 Adult 18-61
$20 Adult 62+

You cannot purchase a second permit to replace an expiring permit on a vehicle – renewing an expired permit is the same price as the first permit.

Replacement Permit
Issued when you return original permit and replacement fee. Expires the same month as original purchase.
$20 Adult
$15 Adult 62+

Buy/Renew a Permit

Good to Know

Each permit is linked to a license plate number. Permit holders with incomplete or incorrect license plate information may receive a citation. Permit holders are responsible for providing and maintaining accurate license plate information.

Permit valid only when affixed to inside lower right corner (passenger side) of windshield by its own adhesive.

Permit is non-transferable.

Pay a Parking Ticket

How to Buy a Parking Permit Online

Parking permits can be purchased through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Active Communities system. This is the same system used for program registrations, gift card sales, and most other transactions for MPRB activities.

To Purchase or Renew a Permit Online:

Note: License plate information is required at the time of purchase.

  • Visit our Active Communities website
  • Log in to the Active Communities site or create an account (top right of webpage)
  • On the top menu bar, click on Passes
  • On the list of passes, locate Annual Parking Permit and select the option that applies to your request; click Add to Cart
  • Follow prompts to enter license plate information and then Proceed to Checkout
    • Form of payment: All major credit cards accepted

To Purchase/Renew In Person, please visit the MPRB at its Headquarters, 2117 W River Road N, Minneapolis, MN, 55411

To purchase or renew over the phone, please call MPRB customer service at 612-230-6400 MPRB Customer Service department is available 8am-430pm, Mon-Fri, except standard government holidays.

Spanish [PDF], Somali [PDF], Hmong [PDF]

You may also call or visit Park Board Headquarters, or visit concessions at Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet during the operating season.

Or, complete and submit a permit application [PDF] with payment by mail.

We will mail your permit within 10 days.


Lots where the Annual Patron Permit is valid in all spaces

Minnehaha Park

Lake Nokomis Main Beach Lot

Lake Harriet

Bde Maka Ska

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Lot

Boom Island Main Lot

Lots where the Annual Patron Permit is valid in marked spaces only

Lots where the Annual Patron Permit is NOT valid