Welcome to Downtown Aurora
Located 40 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest City in Illinois. Our vibrant and exciting downtown offers a variety of retail, residential, and entertainment options including a casino, two major music venues, restaurants, a community college, and commuter station. Situated on approximately 49 City blocks, Downtown Aurora offers something for everyone--- and convenient, flexible parking to meet your exact needs.
The City of Aurora utilizes a color-coded system for on-street and lot parking which carry different time limits. Since parking spaces closer to the heart of downtown are in more demand, they carry shorter limits than those located in other areas. Not only does this system result in more equitable parking opportunities for businesses and patrons alike, it also allows you to choose your most convenient option depending on the time you will spend downtown.
Know Your Color!
Aurora’s downtown parking is broken down into five color-coded categories with the following time limits:
|Color Category||On-Street Time Limits||Parking Lot Time Limit|
|Platinum||90 Minutes||Not Applicable|
|Gold||2 Hours||2 Hours|
|Silver||2 Hours||3 Hours|
|Bronze||3 Hours||6 Hours|
|Mercury||5 Hours||10 Hours|
*In addition, the Stolp Island Parking Garage at the corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue has free parking for up to one hour and reasonable parking rates with longer limits.
After 5 p.m., the City offers public parking at the northwest corner of River and New York Streets in the West Suburban Bank parking lot until 3 a.m.
On-Street parking is enforced from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lots are monitored from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The City utilizes electronic license plate readers to assure fair and equitable parking. If you require longer term parking, please use the parking lots identified with the letter “P”. If you park in the downtown area daily there are a number of off-street parking lots that are available for longer-term free parking or use as permit parking.
Parking Tickets for Exceeding Time Limits
The City has instituted a graduated fine schedule for parking tickets issued for exceeding the posted time limit in the downtown. The parking fine is based on the number of repeat offences in a rolling 12-month period. That fine schedule is as follows:
|Number of Tickets||Fine|
|2nd and 3rd||$10.00 each|
|4th and 5th||$20.00 each|
|6th, 7th, 8th and 9th||$30.00 each|
|10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th||$50.00 each|
|15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th||$75.00 each|
|20th or more||$100.00 each|
There are penalties for late payment of parking citations. These penalties can be avoided by timely payment of tickets at the initial fine level. If the original fine is less than $50.00 the following additional penalties shall be assessed if tickets are left unpaid:
|When Paid||Total Cumulative Fine|
|If fine is paid after the Fine Due Date but prior to the first hearing date.||Original Fine plus $15.00|
|If fine is paid after the first hearing date but prior to the second hearing date.||Original Fine plus $55.00|
|If fine is paid after second hearing.||Original Fine plus $105.00|
If the original fine is $50.00 or more the following additional penalties shall be assessed if tickets are left unpaid:
|When Paid||Total Cumulative Fine|
|If fine is paid after the Fine Due Date but prior to the first hearing date.||Original Fine plus $25.00|
|If fine is paid after the first hearing date but prior to the second hearing date.||Original Fine plus $75.00|
|If fine is paid after second hearing.||Original Fine plus $135.00|
Paying your Ticket
You may pay a parking ticket online with a credit card at www.aurora-il.org and click the “I want to …” button at the top of the page. You may also pay a parking ticket in person with cash, check or money order; or by mail with a check or money order at the Motor Vehicle Parking Division 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. however an external payment box is also available at the same address if you wish to drop off your payment after hours. Please be advised that payment must be received by the due date or hearing date, to avoid further penalties.
Contesting a Ticket
You may contest the validity of a parking ticket by appearing at an Administrative Hearing in person or by written appeal every Friday at 1 p.m. in the City of Aurora Council Chambers, 2nd floor, City Hall.
Parking Permits-The Economical and Convenient Choice!
If you live, work, or frequently visit downtown Aurora, the City offers parking permits which allow you to park all day in the parking lot of your choice. Aside from parking privileges in the color of the lot that you purchase, you can also park in lower-hierarchy lots. For example, a gold parking permit also allows you to park in any color lot; silver parking permits also allow parking in bronze and mercury lots; and bronze permits also allow parking in mercury lots. Parking permits are not valid for on-street parking.
|Parking Lot Category||Monthly Fee**|
|Mercury Lots||No Charge|
*Gold Plus permits include parking privileges at the Stolp Island Parking Garage. A very limited number of Gold Plus permits are available.
** The fees above do not include overnight parking privileges. Parking is prohibited in City lots or on downtown streets between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you purchase an overnight parking permit for $5.00 per month.
Download an application for downtown permit parking here. For information on parking permits call (630) 256-INFO (4636)
Loading Zone Options
If your business or organization is in need of a loading zone, Aurora’s downtown parking plan has options for Freight, Extended Hour Freight, 15-Minute, Temporary, Passenger, Valet, and Taxicab loading zones. For information, call (630) 256-INFO (4636)
You can call (630) 256-INFO (4636) for more information.