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Parking Downtown

With over 1,900 publicly accessible parking spaces in the downtown, there are convenient parking options for all budgets, vehicle types, and destinations.

Mobile Flowbird App

Download the Flowbird app to pay for and monitor parking time 

IOS (Apple Store)


Click on the link to access the desktop version of the Flowbird App (Desktop).

Watch How To Video by flowbird mobile parking app

Note: When registering account and entering plate number leave out the dash as it is recognized by the enforcement vehicles as a character and will result in a parking violation.

Prepaid Parking Cards

Purchase and reload on the main floor of City Hall at the Cashiers. These cards can be used at any downtown parking kiosk. There is a one-time purchase fee of $5 for a parking card but no additional fees to reload the card.

View parking card balance

Downtown parking options

You can pay for downtown parking stalls at the kiosks using coins, prepaid parking cards, Visa, Mastercard, debit tap (select locations only), or download the Flowbird parking app for mobile payments.

  • Find out about accessible parking permits and view map accessible parking stall. Payment is still required in these spots. Customers can use this adjacent single-space meter or can choose to use any of the new multi-space meters.
  • Enforcement officers use plate recognition software to identify parking violations in the downtown.
  • For parking in Zone 3 (3hr max) the rate is $1.00 per hour. If you are paying by coin, the minimum is $0.05 for 3 minutes.
  • For parking in Zone 10 (10 hrs max) the rate is $0.45 per hour with a minimum 4 hour purchase. In this case, you would need a minimum $1.80. There is the option to purchase a monthly pass for this zone for $70 per month.
  • Payment for Downtown parking is only required from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Please note: to provide regular snow clearing and parking lot maintenance, overnight parking is not permitted.
Lethbridge downtown parking map

For information on parking rates at the Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal.

Please click the parking lot name to link to a map showing the specific parking lot in the Downtown.


Frequently asked parking questions

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the zone you are parked in (there will be signs on the street).
  2. Enter your plate number.
  3. Choose how long you would like to park for.
  4. Pay using coin, credit card or a prepaid parking card.
  5. Hit confirm to complete your transaction.

You don't need to return to your car with a receipt and you can pay for your parking at any kiosk, not just the one closest to your vehicle.

The name of the downtown parking app is Flowbird Parking. To get started download the App, create an account, add in license plate numbers and enter credit card details to keep on file for purchases. To pay for a parking session simply select the zone you wish to park in, select amount of time you need and confirm your purchase.

Note: When entering your license plate in the APP, leave out the dash symbol. A dash symbol is viewed as an extra character in the APP and can result in a parking violation.

By following the easy directions within the app, you can pay for and monitor your parking time.

Download Flowbird Parking App for free:

IOS (Apple Store)


The app developer does charge a $.10 convenience fee for transactions made using the app

At the parking kiosks you can pay with coins, prepaid parking cards, Visa or MasterCard.

If you are using the Flowbird Parking app you can pay with a Visa or MasterCard.

The kiosks go into sleep mode to conserve energy. Just press any button to wake up the machine and start your transaction.

Each street/area has signs stating the zone number. Be sure to look for this sign before heading to the kiosk. If you pay at the kiosk closest to where you parked, the opening screen will say what zone you are in.

There are three zones in the downtown each with a different maximum parking time allowed. These zones help ensure there is parking turnover in areas that have high visitor and customer traffic.

  • Zone 002 maximum of 2hr parking
  • Zone 003 maximum of 3hr parking
  • Zone 010 maximum of 10 hr parking

A maximum time limit is established in each zone to facilitate turnover. You can make up to two maximum purchase in each zone/day but you cannot make your second purchase until after your first has expired. After your two max purchases have been reached, you must move your vehicle to a new zone.

  • Add additional parking time up to the maximum time allowable in your zone.
  • Have notifications sent to you letting you know your parking time is about to expire.
  • Register multiple license plates to an account if you have more than one vehicle.
  • Download transaction receipts for purchases.
  • Pay for monthly parking (30 calendar days starting with the date of purchase).

No, you do not need to put the receipt on your dash. License plate numbers are used to determine who's paid. Please ensure to input your license plate number correctly.

Yes, evenings and weekends are free and the kiosks will not accept payments during those hours. No more accidentally plugging the meter when you didn't have to.

Parking downtown is enforced from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday

Historically, we have not experienced more demand than supply of 10 hour spots. However, the spot closest to your destination may not always be available. We monitor capacity and usage of the 10 hour parking zones.

The accessible stalls will continue to have individual parking meters at each location as they do today. The meters will continue to be the same one in use now (limited capabilities) however, if a person wished to use the new system to pay for parking they could do that instead of plugging the meter. It is up to the customer. The enforcement agent will check both before issuing any tickets.

Yes, because of processing fees there is a minimum purchase of $1.80 if using your credit card. This may mean you have to add more than the minimum time in some zones so that the total is over the $1.80 charge. This is to cover the service charges incurred in offering the credit card option.

At the kiosk you can purchase as little as 15 min of parking with your prepaid parking card. When using the mobile app, you must purchase a minimum of $1.80 worth of parking.

Sorry, the machines are not set up to accept debit cards at this time

License plate numbers identify who has paid and who has not.

If it is the same Zone and you have time remaining you can simply move your vehicle. If it is in another Zone you will need to pay for the time you need in that Zone.

No, you can only park in the Zone you have paid for.

There are many options with the new system for employers to pay for staff parking. It can be purchased at the kiosk which includes hourly and monthly options. It can also be purchased through the Flowbird Parking app. This option allows you to register multiple vehicles and even use different credit cards to pay for daily parking.

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