Parking Enforcement is a revenue-producing department that was placed under the supervision of the City Clerk in 1997. This Department is made up of the following employees: one supervisor who also handles installation and repairs, one assistant installation and repair person, and five enforcement officers.

How does Parking Enforcement serve the citizens of Fort Wayne?

First and foremost, they respond to citizens' complaints via the 311 Department. They investigate neighborhood concerns from abandoned vehicles to blocked driveways, while monitoring disability parking and fire lanes throughout the city to ensure public access and safety.

Parking Enforcement officers are assigned to cover the meters in downtown Fort Wayne between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Citizens may park at the meters free of charge after 5 PM on weekdays and all day during weekends and City holidays. 

Every time there is a paving project, a tree removal or even water main work, Parking Enforcement is out posting No Parking signs at least 24 hours in advance to give the residents notice. When your favorite festival or the farmer's market is happening downtown, they ensure that the meters are bagged to create space for the vendors and performers. 

How are the revenues from fees and violations used?

All payments for parking violations are reserved in the Parking Meter Fund. This money can be used for specific purposes only, defined in City Code as follows:

   All license fees collected from parking meters as provided in this subchapter shall be deposited by the City Controller with the City Treasurer to the credit of the city in a special fund to be known as the "parking meter fund," which such special fund shall be disbursed and paid out only under the orders and direction of the Board of Public Safety for the following purposes only:
   (A)   The payment of the purchase price, rental fees and cost of installation of parking meters.
   (B)   The payment of the cost of maintenance, operation, repair and other incidental costs and expenses in the operation of parking meters and parking meter zones and spaces, including incidental costs and expenses such as clerical and bookkeeping expense in the handling and keeping of records of fees collected and expended.
   (C)   The payment of the cost of traffic signal devices used in the city, and the repair and maintenance of any of the public streets and highways in such city where parking meters are in use and upon all streets connected therewith.
   (D)   The acquisition by lease or purchase of suitable land for off-street parking purposes, the improvement and maintenance of such land and the purchase, installation and maintenance of parking meters thereon
This has benefited the citizens in many ways, including the purchase of digital meters that accept credit cards.

If you have a problem in your neighborhood that needs Parking Enforcement to investigate, please contact 311 with the details including the street and vehicle description. The Violations Bureau can answer questions about citations at (260) 427-1208 Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.