Parking Bureau

Contact Information:

Parking Bureau
46 Locust Street 
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 516-6132   Email at  parking@dover.nh.gov 

OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

PARKING GARAGE MONTHLY PERMITS IN SHORT SUPPLY

Drivers planning to obtain a monthly permit for the parking garage are encouraged to get them soon. The Parking Bureau anticipates the permits to sell out by the end of the second week of December, a month before they did the prior year. The cost is $55 per month and can be obtained at the Parking Bureau located on the ground floor of City Hall in its Customer Service Center. Permits do not guarantee a covered space as one-third of the permit parking spaces are uncovered.

PAY-BY-PLATE PARKING METERS – COMING SOON

Very soon, the on-street parking meters will be transitioned into a pay-by-plate meter. Once updated, motorists will no longer need to display a parking receipt in the car window. 

ADDITIONAL PARKING PERMIT LOCATIONS ADDED

A limited number of parking permits are now available for Third and Fourth streets (west of Chestnut Street) at $20 per month and the angled spaces on School Street at $45 per month. Please contact the Parking Bureau about availability.

PARKING TOKENS DISCONTINUED

Due to decreased usage, sales of parking meter tokens ended on June 30, 2022. Tokens will be accepted at the meter through June 30, 2023, to allow drivers to use up any they may still have.

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.

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. 

When using the app for locations with the progressive pricing structure (including all on-street locations and the Belknap, Orchard and Indoor Pool Lots), if you do not extend your parking session before it expires, you will not be able to use the app for an hour. You would need to a street meter instead. 

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

NOTE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SPACES IN THE GARAGE:    

There is a specific icon for the EVC spaces separate from the general one for the garage.    The non-EVC spaces are the blue balloon, the EVC stations is a blue icon that looks like a “quote” symbol.

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

Parking Tickets Payments:

  • Go to drivingdover.com 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 used to be “CITY OF DOVER” as “DOVER PRODUCTION”

Accessible Parking Regulations

Parking is free for 3 hours per day 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. Longer stays require paid parking through the meter or pay-by-phone Flowbird app after the third hour. Misuse of a placard by non-qualified persons is a $250 fine. 

On-Street, Belknap Lot, Orchard Lot and Indoor Pool Lot METER HOURS

9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday (excluding designated parking holidays). 

The city utilizes Progressive Pricing meter rates for On-street spaces as well as in the Belknap, Orchard Street and indoor pool parking lots. 

Progressive Pricing Meter Rates

Hours 1 & 2         $1/hour

Hours 3 & 4         $2/hour

Hours 5+             $3/hour

ORCHARD STREET PARKING GARAGE

The parking garage is now paid parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.  Spaces numbered 301 and higher are PERMIT PARKING ONLY 24/7. Daily users should park on floors 1 and 2 only. Parking permits are also allowed in spaces 201-231 from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Permit holders who will be parked after 5:30 p.m. must park in spaces 301-514.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS ADDED TO ORCHARD STREET PARKING GARAGE

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 $3.50/hour, with a four-hour limit. Permit are not valid in these spaces.

MCCONNELL CENTER LIBRARY/LIBRARY PARKING LOT

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 a.m. and 7 p.m., weekdays. There is a three-hour limit in place except for vehicles displaying a valid permit. 

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 for 2022

January 1 New Year’s Day
January 17Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February  21Presidents Day
May 30Memorial Day
July 4   Independence Day
September 5Labor Day
October 10Indigenous People Day
November 11Veterans Day
November 24Thanksgiving Day
November 25Plaid Friday
November 26Small Business Saturday
December 26Christmas Day (observed)

Parking Holidays for 2023

January 1 New Year’s Day
January 16Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February  20Presidents Day
May 29Memorial Day
July 4   Independence Day
September 4Labor Day
October 9Indigenous People Day
November 11Veterans Day
November 23Thanksgiving Day
November 24Plaid Friday
December 25Christmas 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.

Overview

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 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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