This is one of those apps that you must have, it will make your life better, we promise!  You can download the app at www.parkmobile.com

Parkmobile is a pay by phone parking solution that allows you to pay for your parking on the spot.  No figuring out how the meter works, no receipt printout that you have to put on your window.  And you can extend your time needed from you phone wherever you are at!  There is a transaction fee every time you use Parkmobile to pay for parking.  It is $.035 per transaction, but it is well worth it. 

** IMPORTANT  If you let your session expire you will be required to move your vehicle to another zone before creating your next transaction, as there is a 30 minute no-return time limit in place by the City of Houston. Extension example: if the maximum is 3 hours, and you chose 30 minutes, you can then extend your session before it expires for up to an additional 2.5 hours. Note that extensions are separate transactions, and therefore each extension carries a transaction fee as well.

Below are some FAQs:

1.  How will Enforcement Officers know that I've paid? Will my payment show on the meter?  While your payment will not show on the meter, the parking enforcement officer will use your license plate number, zone number, and space number (where applicable) to view your Parkmobile payment on a handheld device. As such, please make sure to add any additional license plate numbers to your account before creating a parking session in order to make sure your parking transactions are correctly created. It is critical to input the correct information so enforcement can see your payment.

2.  What are zone numbers?  Zone numbers are a critical part of your transaction and must be recorded correctly in order for your parking session to be identified correctly by the parking enforcement officers. Zone numbers vary by lot or meter. You MUST identify your Parkmobile zone number from the green Parkmobile signage located in your parking lot.

3.  Can I pay by calling Parkmobile instead of using the app?  Yes, the Parkmobile toll-free phone number to reach the automated system to register and/or start or extend your parking sessions is: 877-727-5953 (877 PARK 953). If you are parking in downtown Houston, TX and call any other Parkmobile phone number you will be at risk parking in a zone in the wrong geographical area and the parking officers in your area wouldn't see your parking payment in that case. 

4.  What payment methods are accepted?  The payment methods accepted in your area are: PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express

5. Can transactions in zones in this area be stopped? Extended? Why or why not?   You can not stop a session once started. You must select the amount of time you want in advance and pay for that time with your credit card. If you chose more time than you needed, you will not be able to stop the session or get a refund.  You are able to extend your parking time, if you see that you need more than the amount you initially paid for, as long as you haven't already chosen the maximum allowed. In order to extend a transaction it must still be active and not yet expired.