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Downtown Parking

To assist visitors who are not familiar with the parking in downtown Peoria we have developed a map that you can download (below), which shows where the available parking decks and lots are located.

Please click here:    Downtown Parking Map.2013

For additional parking information, please contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 309/494-8800.

On Street Handicapped Parking

The City of Peoria allows for the establishment of on-street handicapped/accessible parking spaces, at residential properties, to provide accessible access to residences where parking congestion may occur and an alternate accesible off-street parking space is not available. A disabled resident may request an on-street handicap parking space in front of their home. To request installation or removal of a “Handicap” sign contact the Traffic Engineering Division at (309) 494-8800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Information may be obtained form the Illinois Secretary of State regarding Disability License Plates and Placards by contacting Vehicle Services Department, Persons with Disabilities License Plates/Placard Unit, 501 S. Second Street, Room 541, Springfield, Illinois 62756. They can be reached at the following telephone numbers 217-782-2709; 217-782-2434 or 217-782-3166 or visit their website:

Parking Meters

Meters located on City streets are enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Many parking meters note that they are not enforced on “City Holidays.” City holidays are as follows:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Malfunctioning Meters

Reporting a malfunctioning parking meter:

  • Note the meter number (displayed on the meter) and the location of the meter.
  • Note what happened or did not happen when coins were deposited in the meter.
  • Call (309) 494-8500 or (309) 494-8800 as soon as possible to report the meter malfunction.
  • Have the meter number
  • Have your license plate number

*Meter will be checked/repaired as soon as possible.

If you receive a ticket:

  • Call (309) 494-8523 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to report the ticket.
  • After two working days, follow-up on your initial call to see if the meter was found to be malfunctioning.
  • If the meter was found to be malfunctioning, the ticket can be dismissed.
  • If it was not found to be malfunctioning, you must pay the ticket or call (309) 494-8523 for an appointment to contest it in court.

Time Limits at Meters

The City of Peoria operates approximately 650 parking meters located in Downtown Peoria. On-street parking meters have maximum time durations to allow parking turn-over for short-term visitors to Downtown.

  • All parking meters have a 2 hour maximum time duration.  The purpose of time limits on parking meters is to ensure that parking spaces regularly become available for customers of area businesses and visitors to the area.
  • It is illegal to deposit additional coins in the meter after the time limit has been reached.
  • You must leave a parking space when the time limit posted on the meter has been reached.
  • Vehicles properly displaying the yellow “meter exempt” disability parking permits or plates may park for FREE at parking meters.  All other motorist must pay for metered parking.
  • Parking meter rates have been set for $1 per hour.  Time given for individual coins is as follows:
  1. 1 hour per $1 coins (if accepted b y meter)
  2. 15 minutes per quarter
  3. 6 minutes per dime
  4. 3 minutes per nickel

Meter Hood Rental

  • To facilitate construction or emergency vehicles occurring within a meter zone, contractors may be eligible for renting a meter hood from the City. Meter hoods provide the ability for contractors to park at a meter in excess of the posted time limit and without having to deposit coins in the meter on a continuous basis.
  • Meter hoods can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The daily fee is $8.00 per hood and $160 per hood, per month. If the hood is lost, stolen or damaged the contractor will be assessed a fee of $25 – $50.
  • Meter hoods should be used during the hours that meters are enforced. These hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Meter hoods are to be used ONLY during daytime construction. Hoods should be removed after 6:00 p.m. and replaced the next morning, especially over the weekends, to avoid theft of the hoods.
  • The City reserves the right to remove any Meter Hood not being used in compliance with the above regulation.
  • Meter hoods may be obtained from HEARTLAND PARKING, (formerly National Garages), 128 N.E. Madison (corner at Hamilton Blvd) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • If you would like to check on availability, please contact HEARTLAND PARKING at (309) 674-1850.

Out of Service

  • Any parking meters temporarily taken out-of-service due to construction must be approved by the Traffic Engineering Division. Out-of-service parking meters shall be bagged or removed by the Traffic Engineering Division.

Daily Rates

  • The contractor will be responsible for paying the daily rate for each parking meter removed from service. The daily rate is established by the Traffic Engineering Division based on the parking rate charged for the individual meter.

Notification of Removal

  • The Traffic Engineering Division shall be notified if any parking meter or post needs to be removed due to construction. The Traffic Engineering Division will be responsible for removing the meter(s) and post(s). The contractor shall notify the Traffic Engineering Division upon completion of the project.

Residential Parking

The City of Peoria has several parking permitted areas, which allow on-street parking during specified hours with a vehicle parking decal. The Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) is designed to prevent commuter parking and congestion. The following areas currently participate in the Residential Parking Permit Program: Arbor District, Barker Street, the Uplands and the Randolph/Roanoke Area.

  • A Residential Parking Permit does not guarantee you a parking place. It allows you the right to park, if you can find a parking space.
  • People who live in an area covered by the RPPP may purchase decals.
  • Each residence is entitled to (50) Visitor Permits.

Cost of Permit

  • The permit cost is $10 per decal per vehicle. Decals are effective for a one-year period and will display the expiration date.
  • Each property owner is entitled to 50 Visitor Permits per year per residence for their parking permitted area.


  • Proof of residency (tax bill, utility bill or telephone bill) and a current copy of your lease that is signed by the owner and applicant.
  • In lieu of a current lease, a notarized “Property Owner Affidavit,” may be used.
  • Make, model and license plate number of each vehicle requiring a decal.
  • Proof of ownership of motor vehicle, or principal use by applicant.
  • Decals can be purchased between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in the City Treasurer’s Office, Room 100.
  • Visitor Permits may be obtained in the Treasurer’s Office at no cost and shall be effective for the date shown on the permit.
  • Permits shall not be transferable to another vehicle.
  • You must live in an area shown on the RPP Boundaries Map. Click below to view maps.

Arbor District
Cooper street south of Main Street and north of Bradley Avenue; Laura Avenue east of Rebecca Place and the north side of Bradley Avenue west of Cooper Street and east of Rebecca Place.

Effective: Monday through and including Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Barker Avenue
1200 through 1600 blocks of West Barker Avenue (Moss Avenue to Cooper Street)

Effective: Monday through and including Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Randolph-Roanoke Area
200 block Randolph, 100 block Roanoke, 1300 block Linn, 1200-1300 blocks Hamilton, 100-200-300 blocks West Columbia Terrace, 1300 block Bigelow

Effective: 7 days a week, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The Uplands
Elmwood Street (excluding 1200 block), Institute Street, and Glenwood Street (excluding 1100 & 1200 block) between Main Street and Columbia Terrace.

Effective: Monday through and including Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Parking Restrictions

  • Only vehicles with valid permits affixed to the windshield of the vehicle or with visitor permits plainly visible through the windshield shall be allowed to park in a designated area for time periods greater than posted restrictions or during posted prohibited time period.
  • You must be parked in specified areas within boundaries of the permitted area.
  • Any person(s) who violates these regulations will be fined $25 – $50.

If your neighborhood is considering an RPPP, the following is required:

  • Each request must be made by a neighborhood association registered with the City of Peoria’s Planning and Growth Management Division.
  • Each association is responsible for contacting residents, circulating a petition, and obtaining signatures and addresses of at least 51% of the owners of parcels within the area described in the petition.
  • City staff will evaluate the petition request, ensure that the petition requirements are met, and submit to the City Traffic Commission.
  • A RPPP shall be approved only for that portion of a street that fronts property zoned residential.
  • The City Traffic Commission will schedule a Public Hearing for the petitioned area.
  • Recommendation will be submitted to the City Manager, who shall then make a recommendation to the City Council.

For additional information regarding the City’s Residential Parking Permit Program contact the Traffic Engineering Division between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (309) 494-8800.