FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Mobile App Overview

What is ParkDetroit?

ParkDetroit is an easy and convenient way to pay for metered parking in Detroit using a mobile phone or web browser.

What are the benefits of ParkDetroit?

  • Pay for parking using your phone without having to go to a meter.
  • • Receive mobile alerts 10 minutes prior to your time expiring.
  • • Extend your parking time remotely, up to the maximum time allowed per posted signage.
Is there a fee to use ParkDetroit?

A 15-cent convenience fee will be applied to each transaction. ParkDetroit will inform you of the convenience fee and you will be asked to confirm a transaction before you are charged.

Where is ParkDetroit offered?

ParkDetroit is offered where on-steet parking is available in the City of Detroit. Just look for the ParkDetroit logo on signs in off-street lots and garages.

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! All you need is a credit or debit card. Choose one of the methods below:

  • iPhone and Android users: Download the free ParkDetroit app to your device.
  • Blackberry or Windows phones users: Sign up by visiting ParkDetroit.us online or from your mobile browser.
  • Basic cell phone users: Sign up online at ParkDetroit.us (the easiest and recommended way) or through an automated IVR touch-tone system. Go to ParkDetroit.us for details.
  • • Your wireless carrier’s message and data rates may apply.
How do I get the app?
The free ParkDetroit app is available for download in the App Store and at Google Play.
Is there an app for Blackberry or Windows phones users?

For an app-like experience on a Windows phone, you can take advantage of the Pin to Start feature in Internet Explorer. To do so:

  1. Open Internet Explorer on your Windows phone.
  2. Navigate to and allow the page to fully load.
  3. Tap More, then tap Pin to Start.

Following the instructions above allows you to pin the ParkDetroit mobile web page to your Start screen and use it like a dedicated Windows phone app. For additional instruction on the Pin to Start feature, please visit the Windows phone how-to page.

Can I download the app on my tablet?
OS users can download the ParkDetroit app on their iPad, but a valid mobile phone number is still required to create an account and use the app. Android users cannot download the app on a tablet at this time due to limitations within the Android platform.
How do I extend my parking with ParkDetroit?
One of the benefits of ParkDetroit is the freedom to extend your parking session from a remote location, like a restaurant, office, or residence, up to the maximum time allowed. If you’re using ParkDetroit and your phone has service, you will receive an alert when you have 10 minutes left on your parking session. You can monitor how much time is left on your session at any time by opening up the app. (For more information, see Why is it that sometimes I can extend parking and sometimes I can’t?)
Can I still use the meters?

Yes. If you choose, you can still pay in the traditional manner by using the meters.

Without paying at the meter, how do parking enforcement officers know that I have paid for parking?

Each time you use ParkDetroit, you will enter your License Plate Number that identifies your parking session. Enforcement personnel determine if you have paid by looking up your License Plate Number Do not place your phone in the windshield as proof of payment.

How can I deactivate my account?

You can deactivate your account at any time by visiting ParkDetroit.us. Once you log in, select the Menu (upper left corner icon with three horizontal bars); click on Profile and then click the Deactivate Account button. Complete the short process to deactivate your account. The remaining parking funds in your account will be refunded to you, less any amounts used to pay your parking transactions, if any. Be aware that once you deactivate your account, it can’t be reactivated. If you wish to use ParkDetroit again, you will need to create a new account.

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Rates & Fees

What are the hourly parking rates?

Depending on where you are located, hourly parking rates in most Detroit street parking regions where ParkDetroit is available may be $1.00 per hour, $1.50 per hour or $2.00 per hour. There are signs posted in parking locations with rate information and information on parking regulations and restrictions.

Are there additional charges besides the parking rate?

When parking time is purchased through ParkDetroit, a convenience fee of 15 cents is charged for each and every transaction. ParkDetroit will inform you of the convenience fee and you will be asked to confirm a transaction before you are charged.

Do other cities offer mobile payment for metered parking? How much do they charge?

Many U.S. cities are adopting mobile payment systems for metered parking, including Chicago, San Jose, Louisville, Omaha and Salt Lake City. Typical convenience fees range from 25 to 45 cents.

How does ParkDetroit bill me?

You can pay for your parking sessions in ParkDetroit by either an individual Credit/Debit card or by funding the ParkDetroit Frequent Prefunded Account.

  • Transactions completed using an individual Credit/Debit card will show up on your card statements as individual line items and will be deducted from your account once the parking session is completed.
Does ParkDetroit require a minimum purchase amount for a transaction?

Yes. ParkDetroit requires a minimum purchase of 1 hour.

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Using the ParkDetroit App

How do I know if ParkDetroit is available where I parked?

ParkDetroit is currently available in City of Detroit off-street garages and  most surface lots. Just look for the ParkDetroit logo on signs in the parking location.

Can I use ParkDetroit at metered parking outside of the City of Detroit?

No. ParkDetroit is only available in the City of Detroit.

What’s a zone number? How do I locate my zone number?

The zone number displayed on the ParkDetroit-logo  signs identifies where you are parked. Just look for the ParkDetroit logo on signs in your parking location. . Entering the wrong zone number may result in a ticket.

Why is it important to use the correct zone number?

Each parking location may have different parking restrictions and hours of operation or length of stay.

If I don’t have my mobile phone with me, can I use a different phone to pay for parking?

Yes. Although your phone number, thus your phone, is linked to ParkDetroit for security and verification reasons, you can start another account on a different phone and pay for parking with the new phone number. You may also use your email address to login on a different phone. If you don’t have a mobile phone with you, make a payment at the meter nearest to your vehicle. Additionally, if you’re with someone who has a ParkDetroit account, they can pay for your parking by simply paying for your session and you can repay the favor in the future!

Why is it that sometimes I can extend parking and sometimes I can’t?

You may be unable to extend parking if you are outside the zone’s hours of operation or due to a parking restriction (Such as beyond the maximum parking time limits allowed in that zone). When you purchase parking, you are not permitted to purchase more time than the allowed length of stay. Make sure you check for rates, parking restrictions on the meters and permanent or temporary signage in order to avoid a ticket.

Like many apps or mobile services, ParkDetroit requires a good cellular or Wi-Fi signal. The connectivity of your personal devices is not under our control, and if you experience failure in wireless service, you will be unable to extend your parking session remotely. In such circumstances, please pay for parking at the meter nearest to your vehicle.

Can I change my notification alert to something other than 10 minutes?

No. At this time, the time period for the notification alert feature cannot be changed.

I parked using the wrong zone number; can I change it?

You cannot change a zone number once your parking session has started, so remember to review screens before confirming your sessions. Make sure you check for rates, parking restrictions on the meter and permanent or temporary signage in order to avoid a ticket.

How do I know if my parking time was processed?

The ParkDetroit app or mobile web session screen shows the start and end times of your parking session. Additionally, a countdown timer will show the remaining amount of time to your current parking session at any point in time.

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Accounts & Payments

How do I pay for parking using ParkDetroit?

You can pay for your parking sessions in ParkDetroit by either an individual Credit/Debit card.

Transactions completed using an individual Credit/Debit card will show up on your card statements as individual line items and will be deducted from your account once the parking session is completed.

Can I use ParkDetroit without having to set up an account?

No. In order to use ParkDetroit, you must set up an account first.

Can I use ParkDetroit without having to link my credit or debit card?

No. In order to use ParkDetroit, you must link a credit or debit card to your account.

Can I access my parking history? How do I get receipts?

Your ParkDetroit transactions are saved and can be accessed in two ways:

  1. To email a receipt of a parking session directly from the app, go to Settings and select My Parking History. The app keeps a history of your last 20 parking sessions. Choose a recent session and select Email Receipt. This will send a receipt to the email address associated with the ParkDetroit account.
  2. To view the entire parking history of your account, you may log in to ParkDetroit.us from a computer and run reports as necessary.
Is it safe to make payments via ParkDetroit?

ParkDetroit is committed to protecting customer information. Your credit card number is encrypted and your information is handled as specified in our privacy policy available here. Insert ParkDetroit Privacy Policy

How does ParkDetroit use my email?

We use your email address only to send you important information regarding your ParkDetroit account.

How can I deactivate my account?

Deactivate your account at any time by visiting ParkDetroit.us. Once you log in, select the Menu (upper left corner icon with three horizontal bars), click on Profile and then click the Deactivate Account button. Be aware that once you deactivate your account, it cannot  be reactivated. If you wish to use ParkDetroit again, you will need to create a new account.

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Troubleshooting

The app doesn’t work. I’m not getting notification alerts. It’s slow.

Like many apps or mobile services, ParkDetroit requires a good cellular or Wi-Fi signal. If you experience any issues with the app, check your phone’s coverage status and/or Wi-Fi signal first. The connectivity of your personal device is not under our control, and we cannot be responsible for any failure to receive a notification alert or inability to extend a parking session due to failure in wireless service or malfunction with your wireless carrier.

Also, please be aware that sessions originated from the app, whether on iPhone, iPad or an Android device, receive notifications on the app and on that specific device.

If you continue to experience problems, let us know by visiting the Menu > Send Bug Report on your app or on ParkDetroit.us and then restart the app. We’ll look into it as soon as possible. Please remember that if you’re unable to pay for parking through ParkDetroit for any reason, you’re still required to pay for metered parking and should do so at the meter nearest to your car .

How do I reset my PIN?

You create your PIN when you sign up for an account. If you wish to reset your PIN, click on the Reset PIN button on the Login page. You will be required to re-enter your payment card currently on file to verify your identity (we provide the last four digits to help you remember which card you used). After successfully verifying your payment card details, you will be taken to the Create PIN page, at which point you can reset your PIN.

Why do I get a “Locked Parking” error message?

If you received a “Locked Parking” error message, be aware that we have manually suspended your account due to payment discrepancies. In such cases, please contact us at 313-925-7860 for more information.

Why can’t I add more time to my parking session?

If you are unable to add additional time to your parking stay, it is likely that:

  1. You have reached the maximum parking time allowed for that location (Please See: Why is it that sometimes I can extend and sometimes I can’t?).
  2. You do not have to pay as no payment is required (check posted signs for hours of operation).
  3. You have parked in a restricted location (check posted signs for special restrictions like parking during rush hour).
Why am I receiving a time out error?

ParkDetroit allows 90 seconds to complete a transaction before the system times out. If a time out occurs, simply begin your transaction again.

Why didn’t I receive a notification alerting me that my time is about to expire?

Like many apps or mobile services, ParkDetroit requires a good cellular or Wi-Fi signal. Check your phone’s coverage status and/or Wi-Fi signal. We cannot be responsible for any failure to get a notification alert or extend parking because of failures in wireless service or due to failure or malfunctions with your wireless carrier.

Also, go to Menu > Preferences and make sure that the “Remind me when my time is expiring (app notification)” option is selected. Check your phone’s Push Notification settings and make sure that your phone has service. If you are experiencing any problems, let us know by visiting Menu > Send Bug Report on your app or on ParkDetroit.us. We’ll look into as soon as possible.

My phone battery has run out and I can’t pay for my parking with ParkDetroit. How can I pay for my parking?

Return to the location where your vehicle is parked, and pay at the meter.

My name and/or account information has changed. How can I change it?

No problem. Using the app or website, visit the Menu and access the options under Settings to change your Profile and/or Payment Details.

I have a new phone number. What do I do?

If you have a new phone number, you will need to register a new account for that phone number. Deactivate your current account online at ParkDetroit.us and then sign up for a new account.

Can I add another phone number to my account?

No. Each account is connected to a single phone number.

I have received multiple charges on my bank account after I used the app. I believe I am a victim of fraud. What can you do?

Contact the bank associated with your credit/debit card immediately if you believe you may be a victim of fraud. In addition, please call us immediately at 704-817-2500 so that we can help you determine if the charges are legitimate.

I’m trying to create an account but it keeps saying “User Exists.” I’ve never signed up before. Help!

Call us at 704-817-2500 so that we can help you sort out the situation.

May I get a refund for any unused time?

No. Refunds for unused time are not available. Make sure you check for parking restrictions on the pay box and for permanent or temporary signage in order to avoid a ticket.

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For Mobile Browser & Non-smartphone Users

Am I charged for text messages that I receive from ParkDetroit?

ParkDetroit does not charge for text messages we send to you, but text messages are subject to standard message and data rates charged by your wireless service provider.

How can I change my text message preferences?

You can manage your text message preferences in the Preferences section on your online account.

How do I stop text messages?

You can stop text message notifications by visiting the Preferences section on your online account and disabling text messages. Additionally, text STOPTXT to the ParkDetroit number that sends you text messages. Following a request to unsubscribe, you will receive a confirmation message from ParkDetroit confirming that you have been inactivated in our system. Be aware, however, that if you choose not to receive text message alerts, we cannot remind you of when your parking expires.

Do I have to sign up for text messages to park?

If you purchase parking by calling 313-228-3045, you must agree to receive text messages regarding your parking transaction. This includes text messages to process your transaction, receipts for your transactions, and parking expiration reminders. If you don’t want to receive text messages you can use our conveniently located kiosks to purchase parking.

If you purchase parking with ParkDetroit.us either on a desktop or mobile web browser, you can manage your text message preferences for expiration alerts by visiting the Preferences section on your online account. If you choose not to receive text message expiration alerts, we cannot remind you of when your parking expires.

You do not need to sign up for text messages to use ParkDetroit. However, you will need to receive your account verification code by text message when you sign up for ParkDetroit app.

How many text messages will I receive?

The number of text messages you receive will depend on the number of parking transactions that you enter into and the method you use to purchase parking. Depending on the method you use to purchase parking, you may get up to eight text messages in relation to your transaction.

What else should I know about text messages I may receive from ParkDetroit?

Text messages are subject to your wireless carrier’s standard message and data rates. To stop text messages, visit the Preferences section on your online account and disable text messages or text STOPTXT to 313-228-3045. For help, call 313-925-7860. Depending on the method you use to purchase parking you may get up to eight text messages in relation to your transaction. If you don’t want to receive texts please use our conveniently located kiosks to purchase parking.

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Help & Support

How do I get support?

Using the app or website, go to Menu > Report a Problem and send us the details of your issue. If you need immediate assistance, please call ParkDetroit at 313-925-7860 or text HELPME to 313-228-3045.

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