The New Chester Parking Program
When will parking enforcement resume?
Enforcement of all parking regulations in the City of Chester, including parking meter enforcement, will resume Monday, June 15. This is in response to the city moving into the “yellow” phase of Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 pandemic response plan and is meant to provide safe and efficient traffic flow as businesses begin to reopen and employees begin to return to work.
Customers are encouraged to make contact-free payments through the Chester Parking Authority’s mobile payment app, Pango.
Parking enforcement personnel have been issuing warning notices to vehicles since June 5th, 2020 notifying them of the resumption of enforcement.
While Chester City Hall remains closed to the public at this time, parking staff personnel are available to answer questions. Call our office at (484) 480-4423 during normal business hours.
What about parking tickets issued under the old system?
The City has changed parking processing vendors as of May 1st, 2019. Any parking ticket issued on or after May 1st can be paid in person at Chester City Hall, on-line by clicking the Pay Parking Ticket icon or visiting www.chesterparking.com to make a web payment.
Any ticket issued before May 1st, please read the ticket for payment instructions.
Paying with Coins:.
25 cents = 7 1/2 minutes
.10 cents = 3 minutes
.5 cents = 1 1/2 minutes
NO PENNIES ACCEPTED
Paying with Card:
$1.00 = 30 minutes (default value / minimum allowed with credit card payment)
.50 cents = additional 15 minutes (press button to add time in 15 min. increments for a max time of two hours).
Where is the new Chester management parking office located?
Our office will be located at Chester City Hall, 1 E 4th Street, Chester, PA 19013
City Hall is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
How much do I have to pay for meter parking and how can I pay for it?
Meter rates are as follows (except at Talen stadium on event days):
$2.00 per hour
All Chester meters will accept coins, major credit cards or pay by using your phone (via pay-by-phone app).
Pango is our pay-by-phone provider and you will be allowed to setup an account with them, details including web link will soon be available on the city’s website.
What are the hours parking meters are in effect?
Parking meters are in effect:
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday until 9:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00pm
There is no charge for parking during evenings, Sundays and on some holidays as determined by the City.
Can I get a parking ticket at a meter if I don’t pay?
Yes - once the new Chester parking program officially begins. However, existing meters in the downtown area will continue to operate and be enforced.
I live in the neighborhood surrounding Widener University, is there going to be a resident parking program for these areas?
Since the mid 80’s there has been a resident parking permit (RPP) ordinance that provides residents with permits to park during the day without fear of being ticketed in designated area/zones. the new Chester parking program will be enhancing this program to ensure residents have the ability to receive permits that will guarantee daytime parking spaces are available.
Resident permit parking (RPP) guidelines are below:
RPP program will only be valid in certain areas/zones in the city designated by signs on posted blocks. If you see a sign on your street you should register for the RPP program.
Daytime hours are defined as 8:00 am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
RPP applications will be accepted in-person at the parking management office located inside of city hall, by mail and online via the Chester city website.
RPP permits are valid for 1 year and will need to be renewed annually. Permit fee is waived for first year.
Guest permits will be free and available upon request.
RPP registration or permits will not be issued to residents who have not satisfied outstanding city debt or have two (2) or more unpaid parking tickets within the household.
There is a limit of two (2) permits per household.
What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a resident parking permit in Chester?
Your vehicle must display Pennsylvania license plates and be registered and insured at your Chester home address.
You must be able to provide proof of residency in one of the forms listed below:
Copy of lease (in your name)
Recent utility bill (in your name)
Residents who lease or rent must have property owner register their vehicles.
When will the Chester resident parking permit program begin?
The new Chester parking program is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-April but look for the official announcement on the Chester city website for the most up to date information.
Resident permit parking applications will be available and accepted two weeks prior to the parking program start date.
If I get a ticket how can I pay it?
There are several ways to pay for your parking ticket:
Pay by mail
In-person at city hall
Online through our parking website
Over the phone
How long do I have to pay my ticket?
A ticket must be paid within 15 days in order to avoid delinquent penalties.
How can I appeal a ticket?
You have the right to appeal a ticket and we have created a process that allows for speedy resolution.
You can request a ticket investigation if you believe your ticket was issued in error. You may do this via the phone, in-person or online, which will allow the Chester parking program to begin to determine if your complaint is valid.
You have 15 days to ask for a hearing or register a complaint investigation.
For every ticket issued, we have detailed meter information, pictures of the vehicle, signs and other necessary information that supports the issuing of a parking ticket. We will check our information and if we find the ticket was issued in error, it will be dismissed and we will send you a letter or email, if you provided us with your email address.
If, after our investigation, we determine your ticket was issued correctly, then you have the right to appeal this decision. The city of Chester will hear your appeal and make the final decision. The new Chester parking staff will not be involved in the hearing or final outcome of the appeal other than to supply any supporting materials required for the hearing.
You will be able to schedule a hearing via our website, over the phone or walk into the parking management office located at city hall. walk-in hearings maybe available if hearing staff are available.