CITY OF ALBANY

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

24 EAGLE STREET

ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207

(518) 434-5100

 

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City of Albany Announces Various Parking Rules and Regulations to be Reinstated in Conjunction with Phase Two Reopening During COVID-19 Outbreak

 

ALBANY, NY – As of Wednesday, June 3, the Capital Region entered Phase Two of the reopening process. As a result, City of Albany office buildings, car dealerships, hair salons and barbershops, and retail, rental, repair, and cleaning services have been approved to reopen. With Phase Two of reopening process underway, the City of Albany is also preparing for an increase in workers and visitors driving into the City and seeking parking, leading to the reinstatement of various parking regulations and metered parking to better facilitate the parking needs of those that live and operate businesses in Albany. Please see details below on where and when specific changes and regulations will be implemented.

 

Metered Parking:

Beginning Monday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. metered parking will be reinstated in metered parking zones across the City of Albany. For a map of all metered parking areas in the City, please visit https://parkalbany.com/meters

 

To ensure continued compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the Albany Parking Authority strongly encourages the use of the ParkAlbany App to access and pay for metered parking. The ParkAlbany App is available for both iPhone and Android phones and can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. To learn more please visit: https://app.parkalbany.com/

 

Additionally, the Albany Parking Authority will continue to wave the $0.05 service fee for all meter payments made through the ParkAlbany app until July 1, 2020.

 

Time-Limited Parking Regulations:

Beginning Monday June 8all time-limited parking regulations throughout the City of Albany will be reinstated as posted and will be enforced except for the timed regulations posted in Washington Park and Lincoln Park. Time-limit parking regulations will continue to be suspended for both Washington Park and Lincoln Park until the Capital Region is ready to move to Phase Three at which time these exceptions will be reevaluated.

 

Parking Garage Rates:

Beginning Monday June 15, the Albany Parking Authority’s Downtown garages will reinstate the standard $13.00 max daily parking rate at all three locations (Green-Hudson, Riverfront and Quackenbush). Parking Garage information and locations can be found by visiting https://parkalbany.com/garages

 

The Albany Parking Authority offers Monthly Garage Parking Passes for Downtown residents, commuters, and businesses in need of off-street parking. To learn more please visit: https://www.parkalbany.com/programs-and-promotions

 

Restaurant Pick-Up/Take-Out Parking Zones:

Short-term curbside pickup parking areas will remain in effect through July 15. Curbside pickup parking areas located in front of local eateries that continue to serve take-out were established in March to help protect both employees and customers and ensure the continued compliance of social distancing protocols for businesses in both metered and non-metered parking areas. There will continue to be no fees associated with this service during that time. 

 

Any local eatery offering take-out that would like to be included in the program should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (518) 434-5105 to request the appropriate signage.

 

Central Avenue Business – Parking Lot Permits:

Beginning Monday June 8, the Central Avenue BID, in conjunction the Albany Parking Authority, will introduce a special parking lot permit program for Central Avenue businesses to help ease the burdens of running their businesses and ensure that customers have parking for their patrons. These passes will be valid for use at the Albany Parking Authority’s Central Avenue Parking Lots 2 through 8 and will be active through July 5, 2020. If you represent a Central Avenue business and are seeking more information, please contact the Central Avenue Business Improvement District by calling (518) 462-4300 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Amnesty for Parking Ticket Late Fees:

Extended through June 30: The Parking Ticket Amnesty program introduced in April by Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

To remove late fees, individuals must first request the fee removal. Tickets may be searched and viewed online at https://albany.rmcpay.com/ using license plate, ticket or vehicle identification numbers, or by calling (518) 434-5006.

 

The best way to request your fee removal is by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or completing the online form. You can also request via mail at City Hall, Rm. 203, Albany, NY 12207.  When contacting the Parking Ticket Bureau, be sure to provide your license plate number and/or your name, phone number, e-mail, or ticket number(s). Additional information may be found on the Parking Violations Bureau web page

 

Additional City Parking Regulations:

Additional parking regulations, including but not limited to alternate-side parking, residential permit parking, handicap accessible parking, parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or at a crosswalk and timed-parking (with the exception of designated restaurant take-out zones and Washington and Lincoln Park) will continue to be enforced as posted. The City of Albany is asking residents to continue to comply with these regulations to help facilitate a safe and smooth reopening of our city.

5/11/2020 - Construction/No Parking Areas for the Week of May 11-15, 2020 

Please Be Aware of the following Road Construction/No Parking areas that will be in effect for the week of May 11th-15th 2020 throughout the City of Albany.

Monday May 11th – Wednesday May 13th, 6am - 6pm

Road Milling and Paving:

  • Grandview Terrace (Second Ave. to Second Ave) - No Parking on both sides the street.
  • Sand Street (Second Ave. North to Dead End) - No Parking on both sides the street.

Monday May 11th – Friday May 15th, 6am - 6pm

Sidewalk & Curb Installation:

  • Madison Ave (S. Swan St. to Lark St.) - No Parking on the north side of the street.
  • Westerlo Street (Green St. to S. Pearl St.) - No Parking on the south side of the street.

Monday May 11th, 6am - 6pm

Sidewalk & Curb Installation:

  • Second Street (Judson to N. Lake) - No Parking on the north side of the street.

Tuesday 12th – Fri May 15th, 6am - 6pm

Sidewalk & Curb Installation:

  • Second Street (Judson to N. Lake) - No Parking on the south side of the street.

Monday May 11th – Friday May 15th, 7am - 4pm

Traffic Signal Upgrades:

  • Lark St & State St (West side of Lark St., north and south of State St.) & (Both sides of State St., west of Lark St.) - No Parking for 3 spaces on each street on each side.

5/11/2020 - Central Ave Lot Maintenance - Lot 1: Closed, Lot 3: Reduced Parking

Please be aware that on Monday, May 11th the Albany Department of General Services (DGS) will be conducting scheduled maintenance work at 2 of our parking locations:

 
  • Parking Lot 1 - located at 48 Central Avenue (between Central Ave & Western Ave) will be closed for maintenance.
 
  • Parking Lot 3 - located at 327 Washington Ave (at Washington Ave & Lexington Ave) will have a reduced number of parking spaces.
 
We ask that parkers please remove any vehicle that may be parked at these locations by end of day Sunday, May 10th. Regular parking will still be available at our 6 other Central Avenue parking lots.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; Parking Lot 1 and 3 are scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, May 12th and if you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us directly at 518-434-8886.

Parking Lot 1 at 48 Central Avenue Will Be Closed On 4/24/2020

Please be aware that on Friday, April 24th Parking Lot 1, located at 48 Central Avenue (between Central Ave & Western Ave) will be closed for maintenance work being conducted by the Albany Department of General Services (DGS).

We ask that you please remove any vehicle that is parked at this location by end of day Thursday, April 23rd. Parking will still be available at our 7 other Central Avenue parking lots.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; Parking Lot 1 is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, April 25th.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us directly at 518-434-8886.

Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar Authorizes Amnesty for Parking Ticket Late Fees and Credit Card Fees through May 31, 2020 

ALBANY, NY – “Due to the disruption caused by the national health emergency, I have authorized the Parking Violations Bureau to remove late fees from any and all delinquent parking violations in the City of Albany upon request,” said City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar.  “I have also authorized and implemented the removal of the $3 online credit card payment fee.  This parking ticket amnesty program is being administered in consultation with, and support of, both Mayor Sheehan and our Common Council, and will continue through May 31, 2020.”

To remove late fees, individuals must first request the fee removal. Tickets may be searched and viewed online at https://albany.rmcpay.com/ using license plate, ticket or vehicle identification numbers, or by calling (518) 434-5006.

The best way to request your fee removal is by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or completing the online form. You can also request via mail at City Hall, Rm. 203 Albany, NY 12207.  When contacting the Bureau, be sure to provide your license plate number and/or your name, phone number, e-mail, or ticket number(s).

Because City Hall is currently closed to the public during the national emergency, and the Bureau is operating with limited staffing in City Hall pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s and the CDC’s guidelines, do not visit City Hall to pay or dispute your parking ticket.  Please contact the Bureau by the above methods.

Once requested, the fees will be removed, and individuals will be contacted so that they can go online to view the amount owed and either pay by credit card, or mail in a check for the reduced amount.  Because City Hall is closed to the public, cash cannot be accepted until further notice.

To dispute a parking ticket, please contact the Bureau either via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by calling (518) 434-5006, or via mail at City Hall, Rm. 203, Albany, NY 12207. 

More information may be found on the Parking Violations Bureau web page

The City also reminds the public that until further notice, it has suspended metered parking and the booting of vehicles with excessive parking ticket delinquencies.  It has also opened Washington and Lincoln Parks to parking without time limits and has suspended timed parking restrictions.

However, the City reminds vehicle owners that ALL OTHER PARKING RULES ARE STILL IN EFFECT, including alternate side parking, emergency no-parking restrictions, handicapped and fire hydrant parking restrictions, double parking, etc.