Parking Smart Card

Effective immediately, parking meter smart cards will no longer be sold as the card reader hardware used in the meters has been discontinued.

  • Current smart card users will be permitted to renew their smart cards until July 31st.
  • Effective immediately not all meters may accept smart cards.
  • Parking Services will maintain smart card acceptance on higher usage meters on a best effort basis until hardware is no longer available.
  • Our expectation is that customers will have a reasonable amount of time to use up any funds remaining on their cards.
  • Reminder: A $5.00 one-time administration fee applied to smart card sales. That fee is non-refundable.

The Hotspot pay by cell app is available to customers as a smart card replacement option.

  • Both personal and corporate accounts are available.
  • Download the personal app from the App Store or Google Play, or sign up for a corporate account at
  • If you have questions about Hotspot, please contact them at 1-855-712-5888 or  



The Smart Card is a $25 or $50 rechargeable parking card used to pay for parking at most parking meters in Fredericton. You can purchase a Smart Card at the City Hall Payment Centre, located at the rear of City Hall.

NOTE: a $5.00 one-time nonrefundable administration fee is applicable.

Instructions for using the Smart Card:

  1. Insert and push the card into the angled parking meter slot. Ensure that the gold chip is on the left side of the slot (face down).
  2. The parking meter will display the dollar value on the card.
  3. After a few seconds, time will be added to the parking meter in increments until the card is removed or until the meter reaches its maximum time limit.
  4. Please take note of the MAXIMUM time limit on the parking meter before inserting the card. Remove the card when the desired parking time limit is obtained or the MAXIMUM time limit is achieved at the parking meter.
  5. Each increment of time the card adds to the parking meter, the parking card will debit 0.25 cents from the dollar value previously displayed.
  6. When your card has no more money left on it, return the card to the distribution point and purchase a new card.

If your card does not work, please record the meter number (two letters on pole & number on meter head) and call Parking Services to report it. To avoid receiving a parking ticket, please make payment using coins or the HotSpot Parking mobile app. Otherwise, park at another space.