In January 2014 the City of St. John's replaced all of its parking meters with new digital devices, which have positive features including:
- convenience of multiple payment options (i.e. credit cards, coins and park cards);
- will work with current and future coins issued by the Canadian Mint;
- easier to maintain, reducing downtime;
- when there is an issue with a meter the City finds out digitally in real time, increasing response time and resulting in improved customer service; and,
- large backlit screen makes the meter easy to use and understand.
Parking Meters in St. John's are in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Each parking meter shows the maximum time period a vehicle can park in the space on its digital display. The majority of parking meters have a maximum time limit of two hours, and you can park on a meter space at a cost of 25 cents for 10 minutes.
The meters accept quarters, dollar coins (loonies), and two dollar coins (toonies), as well as credit cards and ParkCards, which are, in effect, a debit card for City parking meters.
Parking is free on meters after 6 p.m. on weekdays, all day Saturdays and Sundays, and all statutory holidays under the Provincial Shop Closing Act with the following exceptions:
- George Street Taxi Layby - Queen Street to Adelaide - Parking is not permitted on these meters between 6 p.m and 6 a.m.
- Snow Clearing - In the winter months the City may introduce temporary overnight parking restrictions on streets that have parking meters which prohibit parking during snow clearing operations. For more information please see the St. John's Snow Clearing By-Law.
- Street Cleaning - In the spring and summer months there are temporary parking restrictions on downtown streets that have parking meters which prohibit parking to permit street cleaning operations. For more information please see the St. John's Street Cleaning By-Law.
- Special Events - When there are special events taking place in the downtown, such as parades or cruise ship visits, that may require temporary road closures or parking restrictions the City may prohibit parking on parking meters. These areas are marked with temporary signage on the street or on the meter. When these restrictions are in effect these areas are tow-away zones.