Parking in Burlington, VT: A Change for the Better

Enforcement and Tickets


TheĀ Burlington Police Department regulates parking in order to provide sufficient spaces where demand is greatest. Their goal is to provide access to commercial areas for visitors and residents alike and affordable alternatives for those who work there.

Fines and Towing
Meter Violations $15.00
Resident Parking $75.00
Handicapped Violations $125.00
Parking Ban or Street Closed to Parking $125.00
All other Prohibited Parking Violations $75.00

See the Burlington Police Department webpage for more details.


Scoff Violations

Any motor vehicle parked at any time upon a public highway of the City of Burlington or at the Burlington International Airport, where the owner of the vehicle has accumulated unpaid parking violations totaling Seventy-Five dollars ($75.00) or more, can be removed from city property at any time and held until all outstanding fines are paid. This includes all service highways, streets, alleys, lanes or other places as may be open to the public. The City of Burlington invoices vehicle owners for outstanding parking tickets 10 days prior to taking this action. Payment can be made by cash to either the City of Burlington or the garage holding the vehicle. When using a credit card, payments must be made individually to the city and the garage. Checks are not accepted for payment. Payment must include both the outstanding ticket fees and towing charges.


How To Pay Your Parking Ticket in Burlington

BPD Parking Enforcement accepts Checks (payable to the City of Burlington), VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.

Payment (with ticket) can be mailed to BPD at:

Burlington Police Dept
Attn: Parking Tickets
1 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

…or dropped off in person to the same address Mon.-Fri. 8am to 4:15pm, or in the after hours mail slot in the Admin entrance vestibule. To pay over the phone, please call the Parking Enforcement Office at (802) 540-2380. If you have any questions, please call Parking Enforcement Manager John King at (802) 540-2381

For more information please visit the Burlington Police Department’s webpage

Contesting a Ticket

The owner or operator of a vehicle receiving a parking ticket is required to either pay the waiver fee or to formally contest the ticket WITHIN 30 DAYS of the offense. Formal contest is initiated by submitting WRITTEN notice to the office of the City Attorney, Room 11, City Hall, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401, stating the reasons for contesting the ticket. You must include the ticket and any towing receipts as well as any other supporting documents. You will receive a written response from the City Attorney’s office. If you are not satisfied with that response, the registered OWNER of the vehicle must arrange a court hearing on the alleged violation by contacting the Parking Enforcement Office immediately thereafter.

For more information please visit the Burlington Police Department’s webpage.

Winter Parking

Burlington maintains a warning system of yellow lights mounted on utility poles throughout the city. These lights are activated when a snow parking ban is declared. When the lights are on, parking is prohibited on any street in the residential areas from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and in the downtown/Church Street Marketplace areas from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. This prohibition allows snow removal crews to effectively clear city streets of snow and restore them to operating efficiently. Vehicles found on the street will be towed to the nearest street the Public Works Department designates as a drop-off point. This would be a street that has been cleared of snow. Vehicles found with more than $49.00 in outstanding fines or previous winter tow tickets will be towed to a designated garage until payment is made.

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