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Temporary Road Closures to Thru-Traffic

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is closing select streets to thru-traffic on a temporary basis to create more space for Denver residents to walk, bike and run while complying with physical distancing requirements. The additional room, currently not being used for car traffic, will allow people to enjoy the outdoors and feel more comfortable getting out for a walk, bike ride or fresh air during this time. By officially closing some areas to vehicle thru-traffic, the city hopes to provide a safer experience in alignment with its Vision Zero efforts to provide safer streets for all.  

Roads closed to thru-traffic until further notice:

  • Capitol Hill Neighborhood
    • E. 11th Avenue from Sherman Street to Humboldt Street
  • Sloan Lake Neighborhood
    • Bryon Place from Zenobia Street to Vrain Street
    • Stuart Street from 24th Avenue to 21st Avenue
  • North Capitol Hill/City Park West Neighborhoods
    • E. 16th Avenue from Pennsylvania Street to City Park Esplanade
  • West Denver
    • Irving Street from 2nd Avenue to Gill Pl
  • Washington Park/Speer
    • Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue
    • Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing Streets
  • Curtis Park:
    • 30th Street from Welton Street to Larimer Street
  • Congress Park:
    • 11th Avenue from Race Street to Colorado Boulevard (with Josephine and York Streets remaining open to thru-traffic across 11th Avenue)
  • Cole:
    • Franklin Street from 30th  Avenue to 37th Avenue 

Areas being looked at first are neighborhoods with greater population densities where there’s a greater need for space and where adjacent parks are seeing significant use and reaching capacity. Areas of the city that don’t have immediate access to a park or trail are also being prioritized.

While the roads will be closed to thru-traffic, local access will still be allowed, which means people who live on the street, or need to access a destination on the stretch of roadway that is closed, will be allowed access. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on these shared streets.

Enforcement Activities

Effective until further notice

The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will resume enforcement of the following: 

  • Downtown-area parking meters will be turned on and operational between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. People utilizing a metered parking space downtown must pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. starting June 1. Downtown parking meters will be free of charge from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. 
  • Parking meters outside of the downtown area will be turned back on and will operate at the price and time limits posted on the meters. People utilizing meters located outside of downtown should pay the meter and adhere to posted time limits.  
  • Enforcement of time-limited, non-metered parking spaces and residential parking programs will resume. Residents who are eligible for residential parking permits should apply now and can check their eligibility at Existing permit holders are encouraged to renew expired permits. For those who are eligible for residential parking permits but who are unable to provide necessary documentation due to COVID-19, DOTI can issue 90-day temporary permits via an online application. 
  • Enforcement of license plate/vehicle registration tags. Residents are encouraged to ensure their vehicle registrations are up to date.  Renewals can be made online.
  • Booting. Residents are urged to take care of unpaid parking tickets and can do so online at Vehicle owners with three (3) unpaid, overdue parking citations are eligible for booting.
  • With school back in session, school bus loading zones will be enforced. Residents should avoid these zones when schools reopen.

Beginning July 1 and until further notice: 

  • Enforcement of posted parking restrictions for street sweeping will resume. Street sweeping keeps dirt and debris out of our air and water and prevents the clogging of storm sewer inlets that creates localized flooding issues. Because dirt/debris gathers primarily in the curb line of the street, DOTI is asking residents to move their cars so that street sweepers can effectively operate.  
  • Enforcement of 72-hour parking limits will resume. In keeping with the need for residents to move their cars to effectively sweep, Denver will resume its enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule starting July 1. Residents should move vehicles parked in one spot after 72 hours. 

Continued Enforcement Activities

The following enforcement activities will continue: 

  • Fire hydrant zone clear areas (10 ft. clear around hydrants) 
  • "No Stopping" or "No Parking" zones to promote safety 
  • Loading zones – Passenger, Truck, Permitted, General, Temporary, etc. 
  • RTD transit stops 
  • Special parking permitted spaces, including accessible spaces, CarShare, church zones, fire zones 
  • Blocked driveways and alleys 
  • Parking in travel lanes, including bike and transit lanes 

Suspended Enforcement Activities

Until further notice:

  • Large vehicle parking: Until further notice, residents can park trucks and other vehicles more than 22’ in length on the street in non-residential areas
  • Street paving: Amid the economic impacts of COVID-19, DOTI will refrain from issuing citations to people whose cars need to be towed for street paving operations until further notice. Residents are asked to make every attempt to move their cars so that this work can occur. Cars left on the street when work begins will be moved, normally within a two-block radius of where the car was parked. Residents who need help locating their cars can call the city’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 for assistance.
  • Enforcement of parking meters downtown in the overnight hours (10pm – 6am)

Denver Parks and Recreation Road and Parking Closures

Parking Hearings

Parking Hearings Online or by Phone Only! No Walk-ins at This Time.

In order to practice social distancing and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Parking Magistrate’s Office is currently not accepting walk-in hearings.

However, our team is still working remotely to assist your appeal needs. You can do business with us online by visiting our “Dispute a Parking Ticket” page. You can also contact us by phone at 1-866-280-9988, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Parking Cashier Services

Building Cashier Services are closed until further notice.

  • Wellington E. Webb Building
    201 West Colfax Ave, 1st-floor atrium
    • To request residential parking permits or to pay parking citations online, go to
    • For parking permit or parking citation questions, call 720-913-5365.


The City and County of Denver has enacted the "Adoption of Level Red-Severe Risk" Public Health Order. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, November 20, the State is requiring Denver to adopt greater restrictions pursuant to the amended Colorado Public Health Order

All public and private gatherings of people who are not members of a single household are prohibited except for limited purposes.

Denver’s tougher face-covering mandate, issued on October 16, 2020, is also still in effect until further notice.

Have Questions or Looking For More Information?

To report an issue or for additional questions and assistance, please contact us at:

Within Denver, dial 3-1-1

Outside of Denver, dial 720-913-1311


Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19 provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.

303-389-1687 or
1-877-462-2911 (answers in English only)

 If you need medical attention, contact a health care provider.