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Swarthmore Borough offers many different parking programs for residents, employees, students and visitors. You'll find a brief overview of these programs below.  For more information, call the borough office at 610 543 4599.

Short-term metered parking
Metered parking is available throughout downtown Swarthmore for varying time lengths from 15 minutes to 12 hours.  All meters are marked with a sticker indicating the time limit.  Meters accept different denominations of coins, depending on the meter length, so it is helpful to have various types of change ready!  The borough is in the process of introducing new, electronic meters which will accept all types of coins, with 70 meters already in place.


Permit programs available

Daytime sticker
Allows parking at any 12 hour parking meter in the borough between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.   Daytime sticker must be purchased each month, but there is no limit on the number of months that can be purchased in advance. Purchaser need not be a resident of the borough.  Cost is $28 per month.


Nighttime sticker

Allows overnight parking at meters 5 through 44, located on the west side of the Chester Road underpass by the College field. Parking is allowed between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and all day on Sunday. Purchaser must be a resident of the Business District. There is no cost for this sticker.


Myers Avenue Long Term permit

This permit allows parking at any time of the day or night at assigned parking spots on Myers Avenue. Permits must be purchased monthly, but there is no limit on the number of months that can be purchased in advance. Purchaser need not be a resident of the Borough. Cost is $50 per month. Click here to download an application.


Residential permit programs

The Borough restricts overnight street parking in certain areas. All streets with such restricted are posted with signs.  If you live in one of these areas, you may pick up a special residential permit at Borough Hall.  Please bring a copy of your license and registration.  There is no cost for this permit.

Miscellaneous information

Parking enforcement

Enforcement is handled by the Swarthmore Police. 


Payment of parking fines

Payment may be made at Borough Hall Monday Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   All tickets unpaid within 5 days will be sent to the District Justice for citation.


Broken meters

If you encounter a broken meter, please write down the meter number located on the meter pole and drop a note to Borough Hall or the Police Station.

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