The City of Redding Parking Plan is on track to begin operations in early 2023.  The first pay stations have already begun to arrive and are expected to be installed by the end of 2022. In order to prepare for an overhaul of the entire paid parking system, the City will remove the antiquated parking meters and begin replacing parking signage starting in late December.

During this transition, metered parking in Downtown Redding will be free of charge, beginning Monday, December 19th, through Monday, January 23, 2023.  Parking time limits  will still apply, as stated in the parking  signage. Parking enforcement will notify drivers of the parking options ahead of the implementation of the new system. Beginning Monday, January 23, 2023, the payment system for metered parking downtown will be active. Warning notices for non-payment will be issued for the first couple weeks, at which time parking enforcement will begin issuing tickets.

“Our goal is to make sure Downtown businesses remain healthy, and much of that requires parking turnover. Paid parking helps with that process,” says Zach Bonnin, Transportation Planner with the City of Redding.

The City of Redding has more than 2,000 on-street and public off-street parking spaces in the Downtown core that will be available for use. Two private parking facilities Downtown provide additional public spaces, with 400 in the large parking garage on California Street and 60 spaces available in the garage under Market Center, located at 1551 Market Street.

The rate for Downtown public metered parking or parking in City-owned lots will be $1.00 per hour, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm.  Parking is free on nights, weekends, and holidays, with no time limits after 6 pm.

Privately-owned parking garages require payment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up to $8.00 daily. Hundreds of free parking spaces without time limits are located just outside the paid parking zones and are available within a couple of blocks.

The Employee Parking Program will launch in the coming weeks, allowing a limited number of qualified Downtown employees to park for $25.00 a month in designated parking lots for up to 10 hours per day.

The parking system will utilize physical pay stations located throughout the Downtown core, in addition to other payment options. The pay stations will accept payment by coin, credit, or debit card.

A second payment method, a mobile app called “Flowbird,” is available for download on smartphones and will identify your specific parking location, allowing easy payment with your smartphone. Once your vehicle and method of payment are entered, payments will be made simply and remotely, without the need to visit a pay station. 

The third payment option will allow users to pay via text, without the need for an app. This option, which is expected to come online in January 2023, will allow for a one-time payment, accessed by texting “ParkRDG” to 727563. This method will also provide text reminders to alert the user to the remaining time left on the parking meter and an option to add more time via text.

For more information on the City of Redding Parking Program, visit