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Downtown Time Zones

The City of Fargo, along with the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP), Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) and Fargo Downtowners are working together to address Downtown parking issues. Limited Downtown on-street parking means those planning a stay longer than the typical 90-minutes should use off-street parking facilities.

A goal of Downtown parking is to provide more customer-friendly parking. Time Zones are in place to encourage people to move their vehicle to increase parking turnover and availability for Downtown businesses, customers and visitors.

Time Zones
"Time zone" parking is only in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Outside of these hours, the time zone restrictions do not apply. Time zone restrictions also do not apply on City of Fargo holidays. (8-1006.)

The time zone starts when the vehicle is parked, not when a community service officer marks the tire. Vehicles do not have to be chalked to be monitored in time zones. When the allowed time specified by the time zone sign has elapsed and a vehicle is moved and parked again within the same block, the vehicle is considered to have remained stationary. A vehicle continuing to park at the posted time zone may receive multiple citations for each separate violation. Source: 1965 Rev. Ord. 8-1006, 1450 (1972, 2019 (1981), 3086 (1999).

15-Minute Zones
15-Minute Zones are designated to facilitate loading and unloading of merchandise and short stops but are only to be used for as long as is necessary. There are several restrictions on loading/unloading for trucks outlined in the Fargo Municipal Code (8-1005):

  • It is unlawful to load or unload freight or merchandise from a semi-trailer between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. or between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
  • It is unlawful to load or unload freight or merchandise from a semi-trailer on all principal and minor arterial roadways.
  • It is unlawful to park or permit any vehicle to stand so that it is backed against the curb except when actually loading or unloading freight or merchandise.

Handicapped Parking
Mobility impaired placards and plates are valid only in designated parking areas identified in blue and are subject to posted time limits. They are not valid in no parking or loading zones, or for parking in violation of the posted time limit.

Time Zones Extended

November 2014

The Parking Commission and City Commission have approved changes to time zones between 5th St. N. and the Red River in downtown Fargo.

In general, the changes include transitioning a majority of the area to a 4-hour time zone. The link below shows the changes.

Phase 1 is a trial phase so the Parking Commission can see how well it works before potentially approving the future phase.

Proposed Concept in Downtown Core