Meter Bag Rental

The Parking Office provides durable parking meter covers at the cost of $10 per bag per day for the purpose of temporarily reserving metered parking spaces as a convenience for utilities, businesses, and contractors during periods of unusual loading /unloading, repairs, remodeling, and other like activities in accordance with the Champaign Municipal Code 33.78 .


Note:  Meter bags are not to be used as a means of reserving parking for customers or employees.  This also includes businesses reserving meters for move-in/move-out.  Requested meters may not be available due to prior reservations. Meters are not guaranteed until a customer service representative has contacted you, accepted payment, and confirmed the meters with you. 

To rent a parking meter cover, the paper application must be submitted to the Parking Programs Office located at 702 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign not later than 24 hours prior to the date of the meter reservations.  The application can be submitted via fax at (217) 403-4755 or via email at, OR by using the online application below. Payment by telephone will be accepted at (217) 403-4700 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. if payment is provided at the time of order and the application has been received in the office. Applications are accepted between the hours of  7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX.

Online Rental Application – Click Here

Fill out the above application online, submit, and contact the office to pay via phone.


Frequently Asked Questions

Loading Zones: What can they be used for?

Loading zones are provided for the loading and unloading of equipment, tools and other equipment. 

If I do not rent a meter bag, do I still have to feed the meter?

Yes. The alternative to renting a meter bag is to feed the meter(s), but there may be time zone restrictions on the meters you will be using. 

Am I allowed to block the sidewalk, handicapped parking, alley, or street?

In some cases, yes; however, a separate permit must be obtained from the City of Champaign Engineering Division, call (217) 403-4700.

Where am I allowed to park without having to rent meter bags or pay for meters?

*Hourly rates are offered in the University/Market Lot in front of Illinois Terminal and in the Hill Street Parking Deck. 

*U of I and MTD offer shuttle services from Lot E-14 near the Assembly Hall. Contact U of I Parking at (217) 333-3530.

What if my job site requires use of dumpsters?

The City Engineering Division issues permits to place dumpsters on City streets.  Adjacent meters must be bagged as well. 

What if an unauthorized vehicle is parked at the meter I rented?

If an unauthorized vehicle is parked at your meter, you are responsible for making towing arrangements.