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. 


Henry Law Avenue: To allow visitors to the Children’s Museum to extend their stay to enjoy Henry Law Park/playground, area restaurants and stores; the 3-hour time limit was removed.    Visitors parking on Henry Law Avenue may now get a receipt for any length of time up to 7 pm.  

Orchard Street parking lot surface spaces:   To keep the public surface available for more frequent turn-over parking, the meters now have a 3-hr limit.   Those wanting to park for the entire day should use the adjacent parking garage.   The four 15-minute time limit spaces are not affected by this change as no meter receipt is required. 

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  

Second Street Permit UPDATE: Starting June 13th   Second Street permits will only be valid west of 17 Second Street (The Color Bar), on either side of the road, to keep the spaces closer to Central Avenue open for customers of our local merchants.  (C.O. 166-60) 

Parking Garage Permit UPDATE: Starting June 13th  Parking garage permits (business and residential) will only be valid in spaces numbered 201 and higher to keep the first floor spaces open for customers of our local merchants. (C.O. 166-21.C and 166-60)

Vehicles displaying an accessible parking placard or plate, and the person for whom the placard or plate is issued to is going to or from the vehicle, does not need to display a meter receipt. However, time limits (3 hours in the downtown) still need to be adhered to. Downtown employees with accessible parking needs may park all day without charge in all city parking lots.

Discount monthly permits are currently available for all downtown lots. Call 516-6132 for details.

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

January 1New Year’s Day
January 18
Civil Rights Day
February 15 Presidents Day
May 30         Memorial Day
July 44th of July
September 5  Labor Day
October 10Columbus Day
November 11Veterans Day
November 24Thanksgiving Day
November 25Plaid Friday
December 26 (Observed)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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