Parking perks for St. Pete residents kick in

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – A new parking discount for St. Petersburg residents has gone into effect Thursday, city officials announced.

The city partnered with Parkmobile to bring new enhancements to the mobile parking payment system. Now the registered city residents can avoid paying 35-cent convenience fee per transaction when they pay for the parking in the mobile system.

You can currently pay with Parkmobile for over 1,800 on-street parking spaces throughout the city. The system will soon be available in all public parking city-owned surface lots, the city officials said.

To sign up for the Resident Discount Program, residents with a Parkmobile account must submit two of these three documents referencing a St. Petersburg address to

  • a valid photo ID,
  • valid vehicle registration,
  • or valid proof of residency.

When your residency documents are approved, you will get an email confirming the discount within three business days confirming the discount has been applied to your account.

Another convenient change is coming to St. Pete parking lots. The maximum parking time has been increased to six hours from two or three. City officials said, that this was done in response to many requests the city got from visitors and residents who want to enjoy the downtown amenities for an extended period of time and still be able to use on-street parking. The additional time is offered at a premium rate.

Using the Parkmobile system you can also donate to the St. Pete “Power of Change” Donation program benefiting the homeless. You can use Zone 2000 in the app to choose your level of giving, with no Parkmobile transaction fee.

To use the Parkmobile’s mobile payments system you need to register by downloading the mobile app in the app store or online at Once registered, they can use the mobile app, pay online or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking.

You can set it up to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to your parking session expiring, which helps keep track of time and avoid parking citations.

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