Parking in the City of Auburn

The City of Auburn welcomes visitors and residents. We hope that you will take some time to enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer. In an effort to ensure that everyone has a chance to park & enjoy our city, we encourage you to please pay attention to parking signage. Many downtown parking areas are limited to 1 or 2 hours. This is strictly enforced.

It is simple to obtain a one-day (or monthly) parking pass by visiting the Auburn Police Department, located on the ground floor of Auburn Hall (60 Court Street) during business hours. One-day passes are $5 and monthly passes are $45.

Click here to view the City of Auburn parking ordinances.

A reminder that "hop-scotching" - or moving your vehicle to a different 2- or 4-hour parking spot to avoid a ticket - is not permitted. City ordinance states that "any person parking his vehicle in a space limited to two- or four-hour parking in any city-owned parking lot shall not thereafter park the vehicle in any other parking space in that parking lot during the ensuing 12-hour period other than in a space as to which parking is limited to one hour or less."


To utilize winter relief parking, you MUST have a winter relief parking permit. Winter Relief Parking Permits are FREE and are only available at the Auburn Police Department. Failure to obtain a permit could result in towing of your vehicle. Expenses incurred will include fees to the towing company, a fee of $35 to the City of Auburn, as well as any parking ticket fees for parking in a restricted zone. You are strongly encouraged to obtain a winter relief parking permit to avoid these fees.

Vehicles with winter relief parking permits may park in the winter relief lots until midnight on the day the ban expires. For example, if a parking ban begins at 8:00pm on a Monday, and ends at 7:00am on Tuesday, your vehicle may remain in the lot until midnight on Tuesday. As of 12:01am on Wednesday, it is subject to towing. If the parking ban expires at midnight, you have until midnight the following day to move your vehicle. **The only excecptions to this rule are the Mechanics Row Parking Garage and the Second Street Winter Relief lot [see below].

There is no parking allowed in any city-owned lot between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 15 to April 15, except during a parking ban. IF THE PARKING BAN EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT, YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT THE FOLLOWING DAY TO MOVE YOUR VEHICLE. This is to allow Public Services to remove any accumulated snow in the lots.


Vehicles with winter relief parking permits may park in the YELLOW, ORANGE or GREEN permit spots in the Mechanics Row Parking Garage. On weekdays, vehicles must be removed by 7:00am if there is no ban in effect. If a parking ban is in effect, vehicles must be removed within two hours after the ban ends. For example, if the parking ban ends at 9:00am, your vehicle must be removed by 11:00am (weekdays only).


Because this is a multi-use lot, vehicles with winter relief parking permits will need to be removed 2 hours after the ban expires.


Certain areas of the downtown are part of the Business District Zone. Vehicles parked in this zone are exempt from parking bans from 7:00am until 11:00pm. All vehicles parked in the BDZ must be removed by 11:00pm or they may be towed. Please refer to the Business District Zone Map.


Parking Ticket?

Did you find a ticket on your windshield? Paying your parking violation is quick and easy:

   Pay by mail

Using the bright yellow envelope attached to your ticket, simply enclose the ticket along with your payment, add a postage stamp and mail to the Auburn PD. Please be sure to make your check payable to: City of Auburn.

   Pay Online

Online payments are quick and easy! Click HERE to use the City's online payment feature.

   Visit the APD

Bring your ticket to the Auburn Police Department at 60 Court Street during our administrative business hours (8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday). We can accept cash, checks/money orders made payable to "City of Auburn," and credit cards. Please note that if you pay by credit card, there is a processing fee of 2.9% or $2.00 (whichever is greater).


As stated on your ticket, fines will double after 72 hours. So, please be sure to pay within that time period, or contact us to make payment arrangements.

Permit Parking

City of Auburn Parking Permits are available. To apply online, click HERE or download the Parking Permit Application.

All or portions of the following parking lots are designated as permit parking areas:

  • Great Falls Plaza parking lot
  • Mechanics Row parking garage

No car shall be parked in an area restricted to permit parking between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except pursuant to a valid permit which shall be affixed to the front window of the vehicle in question. Any car parked in violation of this section may be towed. The registered owner will be responsible for illegally parked vehicles and any impound fees/parking citations issued. 

Scoff-law Tow List

Any vehicle upon which $100.00 or more in unpaid parking fines has accumulated may be towed immediately by or at the direction of the police department at the risk of the owner. The registered owner of the vehicle may only retrieve the vehicle upon payment of all unpaid parking fines and towing costs.


If you received a ticket for parking in a handicapped space, the fine is $200. If you have a valid handicapped placard, but failed to properly display it, please visit the APD at 60 Court Street during our regular business hours. Be sure to bring your ticket, as well as your placard and the $200 fine will be reduced to a $10 administrative fee.

Questions about parking tickets?

Please contact Information Assistant Maegan Kyllonen at 207.333.6650 X2075.

If you would like to dispute your parking ticket, please contact Sergeant Christopher Hatfield at 207.333.6650 X2068.