Parking Bureau

Parking Bureau

Contact Information:

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


Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 

We recommend visitors wear a face mask, and follow the 6-foot social distancing guidelines.


Below are options in conducting business with the Parking Bureau. We encourage you to use the mail and online options whenever possible.

Parking Tickets

  • Go to to pay online. Have the citation number and the vehicle plate number to log in.
  • Mail checks or money orders to the Dover Parking Bureau, 46 Locust St., Dover, NH 03820. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
  • Use the drop box located in the lobby of the Customer Service Center on the Locust Street side of City Hall. Make sure you include the citation number with your payment for proper posting.

“DOVER PRODUCTION” charge on your credit card?

These are payments made at our meters. For reasons beyond our control, some credit card companies are posting what use to be “CITY OF DOVER” as “DOVER PRODUCTION”

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.

Accessible Parking Regulations

Parking is free for vehicles properly displaying a valid accessible parking plate or placard when the person qualified for the plate or placard is going to or from the vehicle.  Misuse of a placard by non-qualified persons is a $250 fine. 

Parking permits can now be printed at home

The City of Dover now offers a print-at-home parking permit option.

The new program, an alternative to mailing in payment and waiting for a permit to be mailed out, uses the City’s parking violation payment system. Once payment is confirmed, a distinctive permit will be e-mailed to the user to print at home and begin using immediately.

The print-at-home program requires that permits are vehicle specific.

Drivers interested in using the print-at-home system should contact the Parking Bureau by phone at 603-516-6132 or e-mail at for details.

City of Dover parking system now offers a PAY BY PHONE option

The City of Dover has added a Pay-by-Phone program for all parking lots and on-street locations similar to what is available in the parking garage.

When using the garage, drivers can pay at the meters in the garage or use the FLOWBIRD Pay-By-Phone application. The program, which is now known as FLOWBIRD, works exactly as it did under its previous name, WHOOSH.  Those who downloaded the WHOOSH app can continue to use it without issue.

In the garage, open the app and enter your space number to pay for parking. Now, in addition to the garage, you can pay for specific parking lots, as well any on-street parking spaces, directly from the app.

Once the app is downloaded, set up an account and select a parking lot or the on-street option. The system will send you a text reminder when your parking session is about to expire. You can extend your stay from the app, wherever you are.  There is a 25 cent fee to use the app. 

The city's parking officers use a cell phone to confirm paid parking.

Flowbird can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from the Google Play Store.

Updates January 27th 2020

24 hour meter purchase now available in the Orchard Street Parking Garage

You many now pay for parking in the Orchard Street Parking Garage that will cover both the overnight (2am- 6am) hours and into the following daytime paid parking period (9am – 8pm) .  This is only available through Flowbird APP through your phone.    Previously, you needed to pay for the overnight session and then again for a separate daytime session the following morning.   Now with the Flowbird APP, you can pay after 9 pm any night to pay for the overnight session and all the way to 8 pm the following night (except Sunday when there is no fee to park during the day).    This is only available for spaces 101-278 since spaces 301 and higher are for Permit Parking Only.     

 Once you download the Flowbird APP and create an account, just remember which space your car is in to pay for parking or extend your visit remotely.    The APP will not work between 8 pm and 9 pm each evening to avoid driver’s from paying for the overnight session in error. 

September 3rd the Following Changes Will Be In Effect

Meter Hours      9 am to 8 pm

Days of Week    Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays)

The city moved to Progressive Pricing Meter Rates for On-street spaces as well as in the Belknap, Orchard Street and indoor pool parking lots.  The parking garage and Chestnut Street lot (Dover Delight) will remain at the current $1/hr rate and the Transportation lot will remain at $0.25/hr.    

Progressive Pricing Meter Rates

Hours 1 & 2         $1/hr

Hours 3 & 4         $2/hr

Hours 5+             $3/hr 

Progressive Pricing and EasyPark Devices:  The EasyPark device will only allow two hours at the $1/hr rate.  If you use 90 minutes in the morning and shut the device off, but come back at night, it will continue at the $1/hr rate only for the remaining 30 minutes, then move to the $2/hr rate and so on.  Turning the device off and on does not reset it.   Resets happen at midnight each evening.


Effective June 1st, parking permits will only be valid in spaces numbered 301 and higher.   

Pursuant to City Ordinance 141-3, the garage will remain metered parking on all floors until the Orpheum Apartments open in the fall.   At that time, the upper floors will become PERMIT PARKING ONLY. 


The Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) wall units are on the second floor in the northeast corner of the garage just above the interior entrance to the police station.  Two wall units are dedicated Tesla units and two are universal stations that can be used by any non-Tesla plug-in electric vehicle.  The four units will be shared among three parking spaces to allow for several combinations for universal and Tesla vehicles. 

The spaces are paid for through the regular Pay by Space meter system used throughout the parking garage.  The rate is $3.00/hour, with a four-hour limit. Permit are not valid in these spaces.


Under the authority of City Ordinance 141-3, parking in the McConnell Center/Library lot is limited to use by persons actively using either facility between the hours of 8 am and 7 pm, weekdays.   There is a 3 hour limit in place except for vehicles displaying a valid permit. 


The lot behind Oriental Delight is open for Public Parking.  The lot is metered using the adjacent meters on the street.   There is no short visit exception (no need to pay the meter for visits less than 15 minutes) for this parking lot or any other parking lot/garage; that is only available for on-street parking.  Permits are allowed in the lot during the day/evening hours, but there is no parking allowed between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. The regulations for this parking lot are authorized under by City Ordinance 141-3.

Additional Parking Garage Updates     



  • Metered parking in any space 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday (except legal holidays).
  • Permits are only valid in spaces numbered 301 and higher
  • Permits are not valid in the Electric Vehicle spaces.   Meter must be paid and time limits followed. 

OVERNIGHT REGULATIONS   (2 am to 6 am – 7 days a week)

  • Spaces 101-278 may be used for single night visits for $1.00 per hour through the meters or through the “Whoosh” phone APP after 8 pm each night.
  • PERMIT PARKING ONLY in spaces 301 and higher, no meter option.
  • Permits are not valid on first floor (spaces 101-278)

Permits Options:

  • 24 hour permit - $50/month

Current Notices  

Two Public Parking Areas Reopened: 

  • Third Street Parking Lot:   15 spaces facing the railroad tracks.  Enter from Central Avenue.   Meters are on islands on either end.  $1/hr.    Remaining spaces should open up in the next several weeks. 
  • Locust Street:  10 spaces next to the Orpheum Apartments. 

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 1st New Year’s Day
January 20thMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
February  17thPresidents’ Day
May 25thMemorial Day
Saturday, July 4thIndependence Day
September 7thLabor Day
October 12thColumbus Day
Wednesday, November 11thVeteran’s Day
November 26thThanksgiving Day
November 27thPlaid Friday
Friday, December 25thChristmas Day

Key Points of the meter system:

  • A meter receipt purchased at any On-Street location, Orchard lot, Belknap Lot and Indoor Pool lot can be used at any other metered on-street or parking lot location.  If you want to use it in the parking garage, please display your receipt as you would on the street. 
  • Meters accept credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) as well as any coin. No dollar bills.
  • Downtown parking is free for stops LESS THAN 15 MINUTES for ON-STREET SPACES ONLY.
  • Don’t forget to display your meter receipt on your dashboard.

Discount tokens are available at the Dover Parking Bureau, Harvey’s Bakery, and the Dover Chamber of Commerce. A bag of tokens cost $5 and comes with 24 tokens.  Each token is worth the equivalent of $0.25 which comes out to $6 worth of tokens for $5.  




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 in the downtown business district, 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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