ParkDSM offers multiple ways for you to pay for parking in Des Moines. Whether you want to pay at one of our 400 pay stations or you're in a rush and need to pay on the go from your mobile device, we've got you covered.

Downtown Des Moines offers more than 30,000 public parking spaces, including seven public parking ramps and approximately 3,500 street parking spaces. All City-owned parking garages charge $1 per hour with a daily max of $10 (excluding special events). All downtown street parking spaces charge $0.25 - $1.75 per hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All public parking is free on Sundays (excluding special events).

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Pay-By-App With ParkMobile

Paying for parking through your mobile device is now available in Des Moines. Residents and visitors can now download the ParkDSM app through ParkMobile.


Enter zone number by referring to nearby signage or using the map.


Select the duration of time you want to park.


Confirm your information and start your parking session.


Monitor your session and extend time remotely if needed.

Paying for parking at a Pay Station

We are currently phasing out the parking meter heads and replacing them with stall markers to represent the spaces. Replacing the option to pay at each individual meter are 400 pay stations placed on each block. If you choose not to pay through the ParkDSM mobile app, you can locate any of the pay stations downtown to pay for your parking. All of the pay stations are connected, so it doesn't matter if you use the closest pay station to where you parked your car.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To pay for your parking, you will need to remember the six-digit number on your parking space sign. This number represents your parking spot. Without this number, you will not be able to pay for your parking.


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