Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the city managing parking in Downtown and the Westminster Station areas?

Parking management strategies support our community goals and help us provide equitable access to our inventory. When parking spaces are managed more users can benefit with the turnover the managing strategies create.

These actions are supported in several strategic planning efforts including the City of Westminster Downtown and Station TOD Parking Plan updated in 2018.

What are the changes coming into these two areas?

Before Sept. 1, 2020, the Downtown Westminster and the Westminster Station areas didn't have parking restrictions. This means there were no time limits or parking fees to park in both areas. 

Effective Sept. 1, 2020, city staff implemented a new parking management strategy that includes time limits and parking fees to provide better and equitable access to the curb for all users.

How do customers pay for parking?

Customers have multiple options to pay for parking:

  • Pay by phone: download the free passport app, pay and be on your way!
  • Pay at a pay station: payment stations, kiosks or parking meters are strategically located in certain managed areas. Customers can enter their license plates, select their parking session duration, pay and be on their way.
  • Obtain a permit: for eligible users virtual permits will be issued to grant access to certain parking spaces or zones.

How much does it cost to park in these areas?

Parking garages and lots

  • 0-4 hours: $0
  • 4-5 hours: $2
  • 5-6 hours: $3
  • 6+ hours: $4 (daily max)
  • Overnight parking is authorized by permit only.

On-street parking

  • $0.25 every 15 minutes
  • $1 per hour

What do I need to pay for parking?

You’ll need your license plate number. All methods of payment require this information for each transaction. You’ll also need a credit card to process your transaction.

What forms of payment will be accepted by pay stations?

Pay stations will accept credit/debit cars. Cash is not accepted. Patrons may also download the Passport mobile app to pay for parking.

Can I extend my stay if I need more time?

Yes, once you download the Passport app you can extend your stay to the maximum time allowed.

How long can I stay in a space?

  • 2 hours – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday-Saturday (Sundays and Holidays excepted)
  • 3 hours after 5 p.m.

Where can I park and for how long when visiting Downtown or the Westminster Station area?

Time limit signs tell drivers how long they are allowed to park in a space, such as two hours.