Frequently Asked Questions
There critical difference is MPA’s public mandate to provide affordable, convenient parking – even in areas where the financial return is not as great. As a result, MPA has the single largest inventory of parking spaces in the City of Miami, offering uniform policies and payment options, along with strong accountability and a well-trained customer service staff. Our public mandate allows us address the parking concerns of citizens and business leaders, while meeting the parking demands of commuters and visitors for affordable and convenient parking. At the same time, our private entity structure ensures efficient operations and strong financial management.
Locations include Coconut Grove, Downtown, Little Havana, the Brickell area, the Coral Way area, the Civic Center, the Design/Fashion District, Wynwood, MIMO, Upper East Side, and Liberty City. We have a detailed cross-referenced map online at miamiparking.com.
First and foremost, citations written by Miami Parking Authority parking enforcement officers (PEOs) are payable directly to Miami-Dade County and MPA receives no revenue from their issuance; MPA has absolutely no financial incentive to issue citations. We strongly prefer to educate customers in order to to help them avoid tickets. That said, sound parking enforcement is essential to a healthy parking system: it enables the City to maximize use of the existing parking supply, and ensures that the street is used in the best interests of the community. For example:
- PEOs issue citations to vehicles parked illegally, such as loading-zone violations, no-parking zones, fire lane violations, double parking, expired time zones, expired parking meters, disabled parking, etc.
- PEOs help regulate turnover and increase the availability of parking for the City’s business clientele. For example, assume a business owner has only five parking spaces available – and the same cars are parked there day in and day out. He will no doubt lose customers.
- PEOs ensure that this does not happen and that business traffic runs smoothly.