Parking in Burlington, VT: A Change for the Better

Downtown Parking

Welcome to the website for Burlington’s Downtown Parking Improvement Initiative. On this site, you will find important information about this project and what it means for you as a parker in the downtown.

The changes to the parking system you’ve seen over the last year, such as the installation of smart meters downtown, improvements to the garages, and changes to rates and hours of enforcement, were only the beginning of a long-term parking and transportation management strategy for downtown Burlington.  

Please explore this site further to learn more. You’ll find information on the history of the initiative and the team that is working on it, transportation solutions, residential parking, paying a ticket, and many other things. Be sure to check out the following:

Parking Map

showing where changes to on-street parking took place

Parking Rates


FAQs page  



On December 21st, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Downtown Parking & Transportation Plan. The plan represents more than two years of close collaboration between the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO), and the Burlington Business Association (BBA) and represents a new attempt to approach downtown parking issues systematically and comprehensively. The plan builds on extensive public input and recent steps to improve customer experience, including parking meters that accept credit cards and a new pay-by-phone option.

More information on the plan can be found here.

Residential Parking Management Plan

Given the extended public comment period requested by residents and the extensive feedback we received, we are pushing out the timeline one month.  City staff is currently reviewing public comment and preparing the final draft plan.  The final draft will be available online at by January 5.  The Public Works Commission will vote on this plan at its January 20 meeting (6:30pm, 645 Pine St).  The plan recommends preserving and updating the Residential Permit Program and proposes consideration of additional parking management strategies.

Questions?  Contact Nicole Losch at DPW


The City is currently working on three parking and transportation related plans – a Downtown Parking & Transportation Plan, a Residential Parking Plan, and a Transportation Demand Management Plan.  For a detailed timeline of all three projects, click here.