Parking Bureau

Contact Information:

Parking Bureau
46 Locust Street 
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 516-6132   Email at 


8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  The Parking Bureau is now across from the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall.  

If you are trying to locate your vehicle after it was towed due to interfering with snow removal please call 603-742-4646. 


Received a Call or Letter from a Collections Agency?

The City of Dover has contracted with Municipal Services Bureau (MSB) to follow up on overdue parking tickets.   If you received a phone call or letter from MSB and need more information on the underlying violation, you can e-mail us at or by calling 603-516-6132. 

UPDATES April 7, 2017


The lot behind Oriental Delight has opened for Public Parking during the Central Avenue Bridge repair project.

The following guidelines are posted. 

  • Metered parking with a 3 hour limit.  Using the meter in front of the house by the entrance.  Meter hours are the same as for the rest of downtown, Mon – Fri, 9 am to 7 pm, except holidays. 
  • Permits are not valid in the lot to leave the spaces open for customers.
  • There are three spaces clearly posted for “private parking only” in the northwest corner that may not be used for public parking .  Violators will be towed.  
  • This lot is posted for NO PARKING from 11 pm to 6 am each night.  

Additional Parking Garage Updates    


Pay By Space Meter System Employed in Parking Garage

In the 317 space Orchard Street parking garage, the meter system is slightly different than the meters throughout downtown.  They have a very familiar look to them and  credit cards and coins as the on-street meters now do.   There is a color screen to walk you through how to pay.   Once entering the garage, the driver just needs to note which space they are parked in.  The number will be on the ground behind the vehicle or on a sign on the wall in front of you.

To watch a video guide on how to use the meters, click here.

The major advantage to the Pay by Space system is that after a purchase is made, a driver does not need to put the receipt on the dashboard.   Parking officers will know which spaces are paid for through a program on their cell phones.  Drivers will have the receipt with them to know exactly when their paid parking period expires.   In addition, drivers may also use a personal application to extend their paid parking period remotely and not have to return to the garage.

EasyPark devices will also work in the garage with the user just selecting DOVER – PARKING LOTS as their location.     The rate to park in the garage will be the same for the Orchard Street lot at $0.75/hour.   Permits will be for sale at $50 month.

Current Notices  

Starting April 10th, all parking spaces on Central Avenue from First Street to Waldron Court (between Nicole’s and Jewelry Creations) will be closed while the bridge is repaired.    Two lanes of traffic will continue through the area during the construction.    During this time, the parking lot behind Oriental Delight will become public parking as well as 19 of the deeded spaces in the Orchard Street parking lot.  Signs will be updated once the spaces are converted to metered public parking.


Motorcycle Parking Rules:  Motorcycles may share a parking stall, but each motorcycle must have its own meter receipt.   Meter receipts should be left on the motorcycle using the area where the seat and gas tank meet or any place a cable may hold it in place.  There is a tear off portion with each receipt that the driver should keep with them in the event the other half is dislodged.  

Parking Holidays

May 29         Memorial Day
July 44th of July
September 4  Labor Day
October 9Columbus Day
November 23Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas (observed)

Click here to view Pay and Display Meter Locations


Key Points of the meter system:

  • A meter ticket purchased at any on-street location can be used at any other metered on-street or parking lot location.
  • A meter ticket purchased in any parking lot will be valid for any other parking lot. It cannot be used for on-street parking. 
  • Meters accept credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) as well as any coin. No debit cards or dollar bills.
  • Downtown parking is free for stops LESS THAN 15 MINUTES for ON-STREET SPACES ONLY.

Don’t forget to display your meter ticket on your dashboard.

Discount tokens are available at the Dover Police Station, Harvey’s Bakery, and the Dover Chamber of Commerce.




The mission statement of the Dover Parking Bureau is to promote the safe and orderly flow of vehicle traffic by supervising all municipal parking lots and public parking areas, and by enforcing all appropriate parking related laws and ordinances.

The Parking Bureau is responsible for maintenance of all city parking meters and is responsible for collection of all permit, meter, and fine revenue for deposit into a special City account.

Any questions on parking issues or parking permits may be directed to the Parking Bureau at 603-516-6132 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm

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