Beginning Jan. 11, 2016, on-street parking meter rates will be adjusted. In the French Quarter, Marigny, Central Business District and Warehouse District, on-street parking meter rates will be adjusted to $3.00 an hour. Parking meter rates will be adjusted to $2.00 an hour everywhere else in the city of New Orleans.
Hours of Enforcement Extended to 7 p.m.
Beginning Jan. 11, 2016, hours of enforcement for on-street metered parking spaces will be extended from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. operating hours to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. operating hours. Parking enforcement will continue to be Monday through Saturday. This compromise agreement is reduced from the original plan of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. enforcement.
Parking Ticket Violation Prices to Increase
As part of the compromise to reduce the expansion of enforcement hours, the City Council has committed to increase parking ticket prices from $20 to $30. Such a change will go before the City Council in January.
Increase in Residential Permit Parking Enforcement
Some of the new revenue will be used to hire an additional 20 parking enforcement officers in 2016, bringing daily staffing to nearly 40 enforcement officers per day, which will allow additional enforcement in Residential Permit Parking zones.
The new parking meters feature the City’s pay-by-phone parking service, Parkmobile. To register with the new pay-by-phone service provider, visit http://www.parkmobile.com from your computer or smart phone.
Setting up new pay-by-phone account requires:
Vehicle license plate number;
A credit or debit card;
Mobile phone number; and
Once account is set up, follow the prompts to enter in the meter “parking zone” number. Using the City’s pay-by-phone feature requires a $.35 per transaction fee, in addition to the meter space rental. Expect an e-mail confirmation when account is set up, e-mail confirmation that payment was accepted and a notification text/e-mail 15-minutes prior to the meter expiring to remind the motorist to add time to the meter rental or to complete the transaction.