The Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia, Missouri

Public Parking

Free Parking

Parking Garages

Garages are your best bet for affordable, long-term parking and a great way to park once and walk to multiple destinations. Unlike the meters, you can park in the garages as long as you need.

Hours of Operation
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hourly rates from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Weekends and evenings are free.


  • Eighth & Walnut
  • Eighth & Cherry
  • Sixth & Cherry
  • Tenth & Cherry
  • Fifth and Walnut
  • Short Street

Parking Tip! During the day, permit spaces in the garage are to be utilized by permit holders only, but at night and on the weekends, those spaces open up for all users.  Keep in mind, however, that spaces marked as “Reserved” should never be parked in.

Parking Meters

With so many people visiting The District on a daily basis, parking meters are a way to encourage turnover so spots will always be opening up throughout the day for people running quick errands. Remember, meter feeding is not allowed so once your allotted time runs out, you can’t just refill the meter.

Hours of Operation
Hourly rates from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Sundays and evenings are free.

The city has also color-coded meters so visitors can quickly see how long they can park in a space:

  • 10 hour meters     Green
  •   5 hour meters     Orange
  •   4 hour meters     Purple
  •   2 hour meters     Grey
  •   1 hour meters     Red
  • 24 minute meters  Yellow

Parking Tip! You can now utilize Parkmobile , a pay-by-phone application, to pay for parking at all city-maintained parking meters and garages. Download the app and get rid of that pocketful of quarters.

Where to get Parking Permits:

City Hall

701 East Broadway, 3rd floor

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday


Pilot $35 Parking Permits:

Click Here to learn more about a pilot parking and transit program, with options to purchase $35 monthly permits for 10-hour meters and/or $25 transit passes for employees.  Click Here to view a map of 10-hour meter locations.