Parking in Downtown Royal Oak

The City of Royal is excited to announce a new, smart parking system for downtown visitors that makes parking both more convenient and assessable. 

Sentry Smart Meters bring several unique benefits and features including: 

  • Real-time open space locator: Using the Sentry Mobile app users locate and obtain turn by turn directions to open parking spaces closest to their destination.
  • Pay for exact duration of visit: For individuals who use the Sentry Mobile app they will only pay for the time their vehicle occupies the parking space. 
  • Easy payment options: Consumers can use coins, credit cards, the Sentry Mobile app or sign up for the Sentry “Concierge” program to auto-pay for parking. 
  • Pay at the end of the parking session: If people forget to pay when they park, the new system allows consumers to pay for their parking time before leaving the space, as long as it’s within the allowed time limit. 
  • Five-minute grace period: The meters are programmed with a five-minute grace period during which the driver may enter and exit a space without paying. 
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Back-In Parking

As part of the new system, a small number of parking spaces located on S Washington Avenue and W Seventh Street will be designated as back-in angle parking.

Back-in angle parking uses the same process and motions as parallel parking but is much easier and safer. And the spaces are wider, too! It provides motorists with better vision of bicyclists, pedestrians, and other cars as they exit a parking space and enter the roadway. In addition, back-in angle parking allows safer access to trunk space and allows passengers to enter and exit a vehicle safely.

Of course, you don’t have to use the back-in angle parking spaces. The downtown decks are clean, spacious, and well lit. Best of all, your first two hours are always free whenever you park in one of the city’s four public parking structures. You may also prefer to park in a surface lot or in any number of traditional on-street parking spaces located throughout the downtown area.

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Download Instructions

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Watch Videos

Back-In Angle Parking Videos on YouTube


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Sentry Smart Meters Community Engagement

Chief Corrigan O'Donohue would like to thank the more than 1300 individuals who took the Downtown Parking survey. 

Of those individuals, more than 100 people agreed to be a part of a focus group on a parking system the Royal Oak Police Department is considering. 

On Jan. 5, 2021, Chief  O'Donohue gave a presentation on the results of the downtown parking survey and presented a system called  the Sentry Meter / Kiosk Platform.

Community Engagement Report

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