City Parking and Traffic Alerts

As of Wednesday, June 3, the Capital Region entered Phase Two of the reopening process. As a result, City of Albany office buildings, car dealerships, hair salons and barbershops, and retail, rental, repair, and cleaning services have been approved to reopen. With Phase Two of reopening process underway, the City of Albany is also preparing for an increase in workers and visitors driving into the City and seeking parking, leading to the reinstatement of various parking regulations and metered parking to better facilitate the parking needs of those that live and operate businesses in Albany. Please see details below on where and when specific changes and regulations will be implemented.

Metered Parking:
Beginning Monday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. metered parking will be reinstated in metered parking zones across the City of Albany. For a map of all metered parking areas in the City, please visit https://parkalbany.com/meters 

To ensure continued compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the Albany Parking Authority strongly encourages the use of the ParkAlbany App to access and pay for metered parking. The ParkAlbany App is available for both iPhone and Android phones and can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. To learn more please visit: https://app.parkalbany.com/

Additionally, the Albany Parking Authority will continue to wave the $0.05 service fee for all meter payments made through the ParkAlbany app until July 1, 2020.

Time-Limited Parking Regulations:
Beginning Monday June 8, all time-limited parking regulations throughout the City of Albany will be reinstated as posted and will be enforced except for the timed regulations posted in Washington Park and Lincoln Park. Time-limit parking regulations will continue to be suspended for both Washington Park and Lincoln Park until the Capital Region is ready to move to Phase Three at which time these exceptions will be reevaluated. 

Parking Garage Rates:
Beginning Monday June 15, the Albany Parking Authority’s Downtown garages will reinstate the standard $13.00 max daily parking rate at all three locations (Green-Hudson, Riverfront and Quackenbush). Parking Garage information and locations can be found by visiting https://parkalbany.com/garages 

The Albany Parking Authority offers Monthly Garage Parking Passes for Downtown residents, commuters, and businesses in need of off-street parking. To learn more please visit: https://www.parkalbany.com/programs-and-promotions

Restaurant Pick-Up/Take-Out Parking Zones:
Short-term curbside pickup parking areas will remain in effect through July 15. Curbside pickup parking areas located in front of local eateries that continue to serve take-out were established in March to help protect both employees and customers and ensure the continued compliance of social distancing protocols for businesses in both metered and non-metered parking areas. There will continue to be no fees associated with this service during that time. 

Any local eatery offering take-out that would like to be included in the program should contact mayor@albanyny.gov or (518) 434-5105 to request the appropriate signage.

Central Avenue Business – Parking Lot Permits:
Beginning Monday June 8, the Central Avenue BID, in conjunction the Albany Parking Authority, will introduce a special parking lot permit program for Central Avenue businesses to help ease the burdens of running their businesses and ensure that customers have parking for their patrons. These passes will be valid for use at the Albany Parking Authority’s Central Avenue Parking Lots 2 through 8 and will be active through July 5, 2020. If you represent a Central Avenue business and are seeking more information, please contact the Central Avenue Business Improvement District by calling (518) 462-4300 or emailing ronda@centralbid.com.

Amnesty for Parking Ticket Late Fees:
Extended through June 30: The Parking Ticket Amnesty program introduced in April by Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar has been extended through June 30, 2020.

To remove late fees, individuals must first request the fee removal. Tickets may be searched and viewed online at https://albany.rmcpay.com/ using license plate, ticket or vehicle identification numbers, or by calling (518) 434-5006.

The best way to request your fee removal is by e-mail at parkingticketappeal@albanyny.gov, or completing the online form. You can also request via mail at City Hall, Rm. 203, Albany, NY 12207.  When contacting the Parking Ticket Bureau, be sure to provide your license plate number and/or your name, phone number, e-mail, or ticket number(s). Additional information may be found on the Parking Violations Bureau web page. 

Additional City Parking Regulations:
Additional parking regulations, including but not limited to alternate-side parking, residential permit parking, handicap accessible parking, parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or at a crosswalk and timed-parking (with the exception of designated restaurant take-out zones and Washington and Lincoln Park) will continue to be enforced as posted. The City of Albany is asking residents to continue to comply with these regulations to help facilitate a safe and smooth reopening of our city.