Parking Bureau

Contact Information:

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


8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday.  The Parking Bureau is back on the bottom floor in City Hall.  Enter the door facing Locust Street.

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 June 19, 2019


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

Pursuant to City Ordinance 166-3, 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 $2.00/hour, with a four-hour limit. Permit are not valid in these spaces.


Under the authority of City Ordinance 166-3, 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. 


Broadway (Easterly side from the intersection with Florence Street northerly to the intersection with Oak Street.) has been posted for a 2 hour limit in support of the parking needs of the nearby recovery facility.   The 2 hour limit is “per day” and moving the vehicle a space or two or going out to another location and back does not provide another two hours.


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 166-3.

Additional Parking Garage Updates     



  • Metered parking in any space 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday (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 7 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
  • Overnight permit - $30/month

Parking is still free from 7 pm to 2 am each night throughout the garage and all day on weekends and holidays (except during the 2 am to 6 am restrictions noted above). 

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  

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

Tuesday, January 1st New Year’s Day
Monday, January 21stMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 18thPresidents’ Day
Monday, May 27thMemorial Day
Thursday, July 4thIndependence Day
Monday, September 2ndLabor Day
Monday, October 14thColumbus Day
Monday, November 11thVeteran’s Day
Thursday, November 28thThanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29thPlaid Friday
Wednesday, December 25thChristmas Day

Key Points of the meter system:

  • A meter receipt purchased at any on-street location can be used at any other metered on-street or parking lot location.
  • A meter receipt 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 receipt on your dashboard.

Discount tokens are available at the Dover Parking Bureau, 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 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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