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Parking Meters

Parking meters are enforced in Princeton Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 7 PM, with the following exceptions:

  • ‍Long-term parking lots vary, and enforced from 8 AM to 6 PM or from 6 AM to 6 PM
  • Meters in the Central Business District are enforced Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 8PM
  • Meters at the Princeton Station commuter lot are enforced Monday through Saturday 6 AM to 8 PM

The following holidays are exempt from meter enforcement:

  • New Years Day, January 1
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

These exemptions do not apply in the Spring Street Garage.

Time limits and hours of enforcement for parking meters are posted on signs in every metered area, as well as on each parking meter.

When the time limit expires, you must move your vehicle, as it is illegal to Meter-Feed by putting additional money in the meter once the time limit has been reached. The purpose of time limits is to ensure that parking spaces regularly become available for customers of area business and visitors to the downtown.

Please refer to the Downtown Parking Map parking meter time periods.

ON-STREET PARKING IN NON-METERED AREAS

Time limits and hours of enforcement are posted on signs in each residential area that allows on-street parking, and need to be adhere to at all times.

LOADING ZONES

Reserved for use by businesses in the Central Business District.

Parking is permitted in loading zones after hours of enforcement for that specific area.

RESIDENT PARKING PERMITS

Available for residents and their visitors at the Municipal Clerk's office, based on availability; see Resident Parking.

METER BAGS

Available for construction sites, moving vans or special events, based on approval of application made to the Sewer Operating Committee Office at Monument Hall. For information call 609.497.7639. The cost is $15/day per meter bag plus an additional $50 deposit per meter bag.

Malfunctioning Meters

Park at a different meter if possible.

Note the identification number on the meter housing, for example GCY23.

Take note of what happened or did not happen when you put coins in the meter.

What kind of coin did you use? How much time did you receive for each coin?

If you received a parking ticket, please call the Violations Department at 609/924-5042 to report the meter malfunction or report it online

If you did not receive a ticket but the meter is not working, please report it to Access Princeton at 609-924-4141, accessprinceton@princetonnj.gov, or via the Access Princeton downloadable mobile app Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. After those hours please report this to the Police Dept. at 609-921-2100 ext. 0.

We will have someone repair the meter as soon as possible.

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets can be paid at the Traffic Violations Department, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

Pay Tickets Online.

To dispute a parking ticket, contact the Traffic Violations Department at 609.924.5042.

Municipal Court

The Princeton Municipal Court receives and files all complaints signed by law enforcement officers and private citizens for violations that occur in Princeton.

Types of cases include violations of state traffic laws, petty disorderly and disorderly persons offenses and ordinance violations.

Princeton Municipal Court Violations Payment/Fee Schedule

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