The mission of Parking Enforcement is to support the viability of downtown Little Rock while balancing the competing demands for limited parking spaces between downtown employees, shoppers and visitors to our fine City. It is also to support the efficient and safe movement of daily traffic and to insure emergency service vehicles can traverse the downtown area when responding to emergencies.
The Parking Enforcement Section of Public Works is responsible for the enforcement of all City ordinances related to Little Rock District on-street parking throughout the downtown area, the River Market, and the area around Children's Hospital. The City of Little Rock consists of 123 square miles. Parking Enforcement patrols approximately 1 square mile of the downtown area. Within this area there are 1,400 metered spaces, 520 regulated parking spaces, numerous loading zones and no parking zones. Parking citations are issued for both meter and non-meter violations. In addition Parking Enforcement Technicians provide directions for tourists and visitors to our City, and assist in locating stolen vehicles and license plates.
Common Parking Violations
Note: Not all circumstances are stated for every specific violation. Anyone parking in the City of Little Rock needs to comply with the following rules and any other special parking regulations. Source: Code of Ordinances, City of Little Rock, Chapter 32, Article VI.
|O11 ORD 32-302||No H/C Tag Displayed H/C Zone|
|O12 ORD 32-304||Wrong Side of Street|
|O13 ORD 32-304||>18 Inches From Curb|
|O14 ORD 32-309-1||No Parking On Sidewalk|
|O16 ORD 32-309-3||Parked in Intersection|
|O17 ORD 32-309-4||Within 15 Ft of a Fire Hydrant|
|O25 ORD 32-309-14||Sign No Parking Here to Corner|
|026 ORD 32-309-14||Sign No Parking Here to Corner|
|027 ORD 32-309-14||Sign No Parking Reserved Parking|
|028 ORD 32-309-14||No Parking Between Signs|
|O29 ORD 32-310||Obstructing Traffic|
|O31 ORD 32-311||Alley Non-Commercial Vehicle|
|O32 32-311||Alley Not Unloading/Loading|
|O33 ORD 32-311||Obstructing Alley|
|O34 ORD 32-312-1||Displayed for Sale/Advertising|
|O35 ORD 32-312-2||Repair/Wash on a City Street|
|O36 ORD 32-316||City Owned Reserved Parking|
|O37 ORD 32-317||Parked in a Fire Lane|
|O38 ORD 32-319||Unattended with Motor Running|
|O39 ORD 32-341||Loading Zone Over Time Limit|
|O41 ORD 32-343||No Parking Passenger Loading Zn|
|O42 ORD 32-344||Loading Zone Non-Commercial Veh|
|O43 ORD 32-345||No Parking Taxi Zone|
|O44 ORD 32-345||No Parking Bus Stop|
|O45 ORD 32-347||No Parking Hotel Loading Zone|
|O46 ORD 32-372||No Parking Anytime|
|O47 ORD 32-373||Sign No Parking 7:00AM TO 6:00PM|
|O48 ORD 32-373||Sign No Parking 7AM-9AM|
|O49 ORD 32-373||Sign No Parking 4PM-6PM|
|O51 ORD 32-375||Time Zone Over 30 Minute Limit|
|O52 ORD 32-375||Time Zone Over 1 Hour Limit|
|O53 ORD 32-376||Public Park, Not A Parking Space|
|O54 ORD 32-378-2||Time Zone Over 2 Hour Limit|
|O55 ORD 32-378-2||Consecutive Time Zone Violation|
|O56 ORD 32-402||Use of 2 Meters|
|O57 ORD 32-403-B||Expired Meter|
|O59 ORD 32-403-C||H/C In Excess Meter Time Limit|
|O62 ORD 32||Other|
|O63 ORD 32-309-2R||Blocking Public/Private Driveway|
|O64 ORD 32-309-5R||On a Crosswalk|
|O65 ORD 32-309-6R||20 Ft Crosswalk at Intersection|
|O66 ORD 32-309-7R||30 Ft Traffic Control Device|
|O67 ORD 32-309-10R||20 Ft Entrance to Fire Station|
|O68 ORD 32-309-14R||Sign Prohibiting Parking|
|O69 ORD 32-376||Public Park Not In Designated Lines|
|O70 ORD 32-411||Pay and Display Receipt Expired|
|O71 ORD 32-411||Pay and Display Receipt Not DIsplayed|
Parking Meter Enforcement
Insert one coin at a time. Meters will automatically register the time allowed for each coin inserted in the meter. All meters have a time limit, generally two (2)hours, except around the Little Rock Convention Center where the meters are four (4) hours. Meters will not give additional time regardless of the number of coins deposited.
Meter Hours of Operation
Parking meters operate 8 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Friday. The City also observes free parking on Saturdays and Sundays as well as well as certain holidays: Memorial Day, Labor Day, President's Day, Veterans Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, December 25th, New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday and Robert E Lee's Birthday.
Occasionally meters do not function properly. To report a meter you believe is malfunctioning you may record the meter number and call 501-371-4528. Each meter has a unique serial number and that will allow us to know specifically which meter is malfunctioning.
The River Market District does not have single space meters. Instead a system of Pay and Display Stations is utilized. There are eight (8) Pay and Display stations located throughout the River Market. You must walk to one of the Stations to obtain a Pay and Display Receipt. return to your vehicle and display the receipt on your dashboard. The receipt should be displayed in the curb-side of your dashboard. There are easy to follow instructions on the face of each Pay and Display Station.
Parking for Persons With Disabilities
The meters in use in the City of Little Rock are ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) approved. Therefore, persons with H/C (handicapped) placards must still utilize the meters. Additionally, parking spaces for persons with disabilities have been located in the downtown area. These spaces have been designated with signs for visibility and convenience. Vehicles that are parked in a designated space must display the proper license plate or placard. Application for handicapped placards may be obtained at any office of the State Department of Revenue. Ask for Form 10336, which is then submitted to the requestor's physician who will determine the requestor's eligibility.
- On-Street Locations of Handicapped Parking
- 400 block of State Street
- 100 block of Spring Street
- 600 block of Main Street
- 100 block of West Markham
- 100 block of Ottenheimer Plaza
600 block of President Clinton Avenue
- Overtime Parking at a Meter
- $15.00, if paid within 30 days
- $50.00, if paid after 30 days
- Time Zone Violation
- $15.00, if paid within 30 days
- $50.00, if paid after 30 days
- Non-Meter Violations
- $30.00, if paid within 30 days
- $45.00, if paid after 30 days
- Parking in a Handicap Zone With No Handicap Placard
Paying a Parking Citation
You may pay in person at the Little Rock District Municipal Court Building located at 600 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may pay in cash. You may also pay by check, money order or credit card. If paying with a check, money order or credit card you must have one of the following forms of official identification: an Arkansas driver's license, an Arkansas identification card, a military identification card, or a passport.
Parking fines may be paid by mail using a check or money order. The check or money order should be made payable to the City of Little Rock. You should note the citation number to be paid and the license plate of the vehicle on the check or money order. If only the license plate is included, then the amount of the check or money order will be posted to the oldest citation first. Mail the check or money order to Little Rock District Court, 600 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.
You may call 866-353-0465. You will need your citation number or license plate information to pay by phone.
You may pay citations on line by going to http://www.littlerock.gov/OnlinePayments/. Paying citations on line will require a credit card and the citation number of the citation you intend to pay.
You may also utilize one of the red drop boxes located throughout the downtown area. These drop boxes are attached to meters and are at the following locations:
- 613 W. Capitol Avenue
- 701 S. Main Street
- 210 W. 2nd Street
- 406 S. Center Street
- 600 W. Markham Street
Contesting a Citation
You may contest a parking citation by appearing in Environmental Court on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. The Environmental Court is located in the Little Rock District Court, 600 W. Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. The Environmental Court Judge does not adjudicate citations by mail or outside the courtroom. To contest a parking citation you must appear in person in court.
Failure to Pay a Fine or Appear in Court to Contest a Citation
The following actions may occur if unpaid citations accumulate and the person fails to appear in court to contest them.
- The vehicle may be immobilized/booted.
- After 90 days all unpaid fines are turned over to a collection agency for collection efforts.
Contacting Parking Enforcement
If you have any questions concerning the issuance of a parking citation or parking in Little Rock, you may contact Parking Enforcement at (501) 371-4528.