Nottingham City Council made just under £12 million in parking charges and fines during 2012/13, according to the RAC Foundation.
It has put the city in 8th place among the top earning councils in the country.
The figure is up by more than £7 million on the previous year mostly as a result of the workplace parking levy which is included in the figures.
Councils in the East Midlands recorded an 11% increase in revenue from parking charges in 2012.
In the West Midlands, there was a drop of 4%.
Councils across England made a total of over £411 million in parking charges between 2011 and 2012 - a rise of 15%.