On-Street Parking

Parking Rates

The rate for parking on the street in the City of Ithaca is $1.50 per hour.  The exception to that rule is Thurston Avenue, Stewart Avenue and Edgemoor Lane where parking is $.75 per hour.

Parking Pay Stations

Pay stations are located on select city blocks, making paying for on-street parking more convenient than ever.  The pay stations are easy to use and provide you with more payment options.  They accept coins (nickels, dimes, quarters), dollar bills ($1, $5, $10, etc.), and credit/debit cards. 

Pay stations are generally in the middle of a block, though patrons may need to cross the street to get to them.  We urge you to cross streets with caution, using the crosswalks at each intersection.  You can pay for parking at any pay station and, if you still have time left, you can move your car to any parking space in the city, metered or not.

For more information on using these pay stations, click these links:

Parkmobile App

PM logoParkmobile provides a new and better way to pay for parking using your smartphone. With Parkmobile’s mobile app, starting your parking transaction takes just a few seconds.

24-Hour Parking

The City of Ithaca has a city-wide 24 hour parking restriction, effective Monday-Friday.  This policy requires you to move your vehicle every 24 hours during the week to ensure that parking spaces remain available to residents and visitors and that the street is not used for long-term vehicle storage. 

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles that remain on the street and have not moved in 72 hours can be considered abandoned and become subject to towing at the owner's expense.  DO NOT leave your vehicle on the street when you leave town for extended vacations or school breaks, as it may not be there when you get back.  Towing and storage fees are expensive!  Long-term parking is available at the parking garages.  Contact the Parking Division at (607) 274-6532 for more information.

Why Odd/ Even?
Odd/ Even parking is in place to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets, from curb to curb, during and immediately following snow events. By switching the side on which cars are parked each day, plows can reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. Snowplows operate in the late evening and early morning hours with the goal of clearing the roads for the busiest hours of vehicle traffic. Odd/ Even parking may also be utilized to enable other street clearing operations that require access to the full width of a city street.

Where do I park?
Odd/ Even parking regulations are in effect between November 1st and April 1st. The Odd/ Even parking regulation mandates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street (where the house numbers are odd). On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at 6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street. 

How do I know if Odd/ Even is being enforced?

The City will only enforce the Odd/ Even parking regulations when needed (during a snow event or other situations when it is necessary to clear the streets of vehicles).  If you wish to be notified when the odd/even parking regulations will be enforced, you may sign up for our "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" list here via Swift911TM, the City's emergency alert system. You can also text "Swift911" to "99538". Be sure to select the "Odd/Even Parking Notifications" subscription list, along with any others that may be helpful to you. This website will also have an alert posted to it until the enforcement period ends. While enforcement of the regulations is in effect, everyone must comply with the regulations or risk receiving a parking ticket.

If your street only has parking on one side of the street, you may have to find parking on a nearby street on alternate days.

Your compliance with these regulations helps keep the city's streets free from accumulated snow, ice, and debris.

Streets marked permanently for 24-hour parking are exempt from the odd/even parking regulation.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available throughout the City for people who have the proper permit.  Please think twice before you park illegally or obstruct accessible parking spaces.

When parking on the street, be sure that driveways are fully accessible or your vehicle may be subject to being towed.

When parking in a driveway, do not block access to sidewalks.  It is illegal to do so and it creates a dangerous situation for pedestrians.

Accessibility matters in our community!

Fire Hydrants

Unless otherwise posted, New York State law prohibits parking within a 20 foot radius of any fire hydrant.  Please keep these areas clear for emergency responders and the safety of our community.

Residential Parking Permit System

The Residential Parking Permit System is for the East Hill area of the city, near Cornell University in the R1 or R2 zones. If you live in a block that has been designated as being part of the city's Residential Parking Permit System (Zone A or B Permits), you may be able to purchase a parking permit from the City Clerk's Office.

If you qualify, please bring proof of residency (current lease, driver's license, utility bill, etc.) and your vehicle registration. The permit fee is $45 per year, August 1 through July 31. Eligibility is determined by the criteria below. Contact the City Clerk's office at (607) 274-6570 for questions about this program.

Permit Allocation
Permit Issuance
Renewal and Repeal
Permit System Petition
Hours, Permit System Alternative and Appeal Process