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About the Parking Authority

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is an integral part of the City’s efforts to provide an efficient, well-organized transportation system that serves the needs of the public and encourages economic development. As such, our responsibilities range from managing parking and related traffic management programs on the streets of Philadelphia, to building and operating parking lots and garages.

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Our History

By a City Ordinance enacted on January 11, 1950, the City of Philadelphia created the Philadelphia Parking Authority pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Parking Authority Law (Act of June 5, 1947, 53 P.S. § 341 et. seq.). To this day, the Parking Authority carries out its statutory mandate of providing adequate parking services for the residents, businesses and visitors of Philadelphia by: Coordinating the efforts of public agencies with respect to parking Establishing and operating public parking facilities where necessary Analyzing parking needs and resources for the overall benefit of the public.

Expansion of Responsibilities

The Authority’s original responsibilities primarily concerned the establishment and operation of a permanent coordinated system of off-street parking. On July 7, 1982, the Pennsylvania General Assembly amended the Parking Authority Law permitting the City to delegate certain municipal powers to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to coordinate the management of on-street parking. On April 8, 1983, City Council passed an Ordinance to permit the transfer of those responsibilities.

In 1983, the PPA assumed parking management responsibilities that had been previously assigned to four other city departments. This provided the general public with a single responsibility center for On-Street Parking.

The booting program was added by Ordinance in July 1983. The Communications Unit (radio dispatch center) was added in 1983 to serve as the support unit responsible for coordinating On-Street parking functions.

PPA Today

Recent legislative changes have altered the composition of the Parking Authority’s Board of Directors, with a majority of Board members now appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

In July 2004, the Authority assumed responsibility for the regulation and enforcement of taxi cabs and limousines operating in Philadelphia. For more information visit Taxi and Limousine Regulations section of the website.

By another legislative initiative, the Parking Authority is responsible for the administration of a pilot red light safety program by which cameras installed at certain high-accident intersections to provide the basis for “photo enforcement” of red light running.

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Functions transferred from the Streets Department:

  • Location, installation and maintenance of all parking meters throughout the city
  • Preparation of documentation to modify existing or implement new parking regulations, establishing time limits, loading zones, fire hydrant restrictions, reserved parking for people with disabilities, tow-away zones and residential permit parking
  • Preparation of work orders for parking regulations signs

Functions transferred from the Revenue Department:

  • Meter Collections

Functions transferred from the Police Department:

  • Issuance and processing of parking tickets
  • Towing of motor vehicles
  • Impoundment of motor vehicles

Functions transferred from the Department of Licenses and Inspections:

  • Issuance of Loading Zone Permits
  • Administration of the Residential Parking Permit Program

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Policies

In order to make the most efficient use of Philadelphia’s parking resources, Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the city’s regulated parking zones. They encourage continuous turnover of vehicles by enforcing parking regulations fairly, consistently and thoroughly. Our objective is to help ensure that parking is readily available for residents, businesses and visitors When on patrol, Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) are responsible for ticketing vehicles that they observe to be illegally parked. This requires a thorough knowledge of parking regulations and attention to detail. All PEOs receive extensive training about the parking regulations that they enforce.

General Principles

Wherever possible, we have attempted to apply policies consistently in similar situations. In this way, both the PEO and the public can be comfortable in knowing that regulations will be enforced in a fair and reasonable manner. This approach reduces confusion among motorists regarding what we expect and therefore reduces the potential for conflict between PEOs and citizens.

Citation Documentation

Any information which supports a violation will be included on your ticket. For example, if your vehicle has an expired Resident Parking Permit sticker, the PEO will record the permit number and expiration date of that expired sticker. This will help you understand why the ticket was issued, and will also be useful if you request a hearing to contest your ticket.

Job Inquiries

We accept applications Mondays and Fridays only, 9:00 am to 1:00pm at:
701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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All applications must be completed at this location.

Hours of Operation

Lot 1

2501 Weccacoe Avenue
Phila., PA 19148
(215) 683-9550
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thurs.: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Lot 2

2535 S. Swanson Street
Phila., PA 19148
(215) 683-9563
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lot4A

3201 North Delaware Avenue
Phila., PA 19134
(215) 683 – 9521
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to to 8:00 p.m.

Lot 6

4701 Bath Street
Phila., PA 19137
(215) 683 – 9510
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lot 7

6801 Essington Avenue
Phila., PA 19153
(215) 683-9880
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

BAA

9th & Filbert Streets
(215) 683 – 9580
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Parking Violations Branch

9th & Filbert Streets
888-591-3636
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Traffic Court

8th and Spring Garden Streets
Phila, PA 19123-2690
(215) 686-1675
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed