City street

The downtown Rock Island parking system is designed to serve the needs of local business customers, tourists, and downtown employees. The goal of the system is to maintain a fair balance between these needs.

Parking Options

On-street parking is
designated as either 30 minute, four hour, or unlimited free parking.

Parking is based on a first-come first-serve basis. Parking options are designated on the Downtown Parking Map.

Parking Ramp (entrances on 16th and 17th Streets)

Parking Lot A (2nd Avenue between 16th and 16 1/2 Street)

Parking Lot C (Route 92 and 20th Street)

Parking Lot E (7th Avenue and 18th Street)

Parking Lot F (2nd Avenue and 18th Street)

Parking Lot G (2nd Avenue and 18th Street)


A Daily/Visitor Permit may be purchased at the cost of $5 per day. This permit is valid for one day only. Parking is allowed in the same locations as allowed by the Rover Permit.

A Rover Permit may be purchased at the cost of $80 per month. This permit allows vehicles to park in any downtown parking location for any length of time. This permit cannot be used to park in handicapped parking spaces, loading zones, no parking zones, bus lanes, fire lanes, or other restricted parking areas.

A Construction Permit may be purchased at the cost of $20 per month. This permit is allowed for construction purposes only. Construction Permits are not to be used to provide transportation to and from work.

A Residential Permit is purchased by residents whose property abuts or is adjacent to a designated residential parking only area. The cost is $5 per year.

All vehicles using a parking permit are required to display the permit on the front left side of the vehicle's dashboard or in a clear vinyl case and affixed to the lower left corner of the rear window of the vehicle.

Permits may be purchased at the Finance Department located in City Hall at 1528 Third Avenue.

Parking Fines

There is a late penalty of $20 if a ticket is not paid within seven days. Failure to pay parking tickets may result in court action or drivers license suspension.

Listed below are several options to pay parking tickets.

Please Note: If paying on-line or by phone there will be a $2.95 convenience fee applied for each citation.
  • Pay On-line
Photos of parking violations (when applicable) may also be viewed on-line.
  • By phone at 1-866-470-3071 (toll free number)
  • Courtesy box, located at the southeast corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue. Payments placed in the drop box by 7:00 a.m. will post the same day.
  • In person or by mail, payable to:
City of Rock Island
Finance Department
1528 3rd Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Please include the parking ticket with the method of payment or write the license plate number and/or ticket number on the check so that payment may be applied accurately.

To dispute a parking ticket please fill out the Parking Ticket Review Form and submit it to the Finance Department.

Electric Vehicle Parking

There are two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located on the first floor of the parking ramp. The parking spaces are reserved for electric vehicle parking only and is available on a first-come first serve basis. There is no cost to charge your vehicle.

Changes in Parking

All changes in traffic control and signage are directed through the Traffic Engineering Committee (TEC).

To request a new handicapped parking space please fill out the Handicapped Parking Space Request form and return to the Public Works Department for review.

Parking on Snow Routes

If two or more inches of snow has fallen, parking is not allowed on marked snow routes until the snow is removed. Vehicles parked in violation of this ordinance will receive a $35 parking ticket. Vehicles that remain in violation of this ordinance will be towed.