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Regulations#

The City of Fort Collins Parking Services, Downtown Development Authority, and community members work together to address downtown parking concerns. Time limited parking creates parking space turnover for downtown businesses, customers, and visitors. Most time-regulated parking in the downtown area is 2-hours and is typically regulated Monday through Saturday.

To avoid a citation:

  • Do not park a vehicle in a block face or a public parking lot for a period in excess of any time restriction indicated,
  • After having vacated a time-restricted parking space in a lot or block face, return within a four-hour period thereafter, regardless of whether or not the maximum time restriction has elapsed,
  • Use parking structures and/or surface lots for longer-term parking,

Your first overtime citation (ticket) is a warning with a zero-dollar fine.

If a street has no posted time restrictions, vehicles may park all day.

Time Limited Parking#

The City of Fort Collins, Downtown Development Authority and community members work together to address downtown parking problems. Time limits encourage people to move their vehicles to increase parking turnover for downtown businesses, customers and visitors. Most parking in the heart of downtown is 2-hour.

  • To avoid a citation, you may move to another block face before your time is up
  • You cannot return to the same block face for at least 4 hours
  • Use structures/lots for longer parking (pay by the hour)
  • Your first overtime citation (ticket) is a warning and free
  • If a street has no posted time restrictions, vehicles may park all day

The 4-Hour Block Face Rule#

Block Face Rule

After leaving a parking space in a time-restricted lot of block face, the same vehicle may not park in the same lot or block face for 4 hours, even if the maximum time restriction hasn't been met. 

Block Face: A portion of the street or highway between intersections, including all on-street parking.

Loading Zones#

Loading zones are to be used for the purpose of, and while engaged in, loading or unloading property or passengers.

  • Loading zones have a 30-minute time limit
  • Your flashers must be on
  • Loading zones are not considered parking places and will be enforced accordingly

Abandoned Vehicles#

  • Any car unattended IN THE PUBLIC-RIGHT-OF-WAY for 48 hours or longer is considered "abandoned"
  • Vehicle will be towed and stored at owner's expense

Traffic Code - Parking Regulations#