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WHERE TO PARK IN CHARLOTTESVILE

The Downtown Mall Area

The City of Charlottesville operates two public parking garages in the immediate vicinity of the Downtown Mall. 

 

Rates for the Water Street Garage and the Market Street Garage are now the same.

Effective October 1, 2018, the first hour you park in the Water St Garage will be free just like the Market Street Garage.

All other operations are the same as well.  The hours requiring payment are the same and the Water St Garage is no longer locked after the cashier booths close.  Both garages are now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to park or retrieve your car.

There is no charge to park in the Market and Water Street Garages on the following days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

 

The Market Street Garage is located on East Market Street between 5th Street NE and City Hall.  Access is off East Market Street.

 

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The Market Street Garage

550 East Market Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Monday – Wednesday                   6 AM until Midnight

Thursday – Saturday                      6 AM until 1 AM

Sunday                                            Noon until 10 PM

 

$2.00 per hour or portion there of

First hour free

$12.00 daily maximum per ticket issued

Lost or missing ticket $20.00

 

Outside the hours of fee collection, parking is free.  The garage is open to the public to park or retrieve your vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The garage is never closed without special notice.

 

The Water Street Garage is located on East Water Street between 4th Street SE and 2nd Street SE.  Access is off 2nd Street.

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The Water Street Garage

200 East Water Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Monday – Wednesday                   6 AM until Midnight

Thursday – Saturday                      6 AM until 1 AM

Sunday                                           Noon until 10 PM

 

$2.00 per hour or portion there of

First hour free

$12.00 daily maximum per ticket issued

Lost or missing ticket $20.00

 

Outside the hours of fee collection, parking is free.  The garage is open to the public to park or retrieve your vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The garage is never closed without special notice.

 

Discount Daily Parking

For employees of downtown or frequent all day parkers who may not be able to obtain a permit, a discounted $6.50 all day coupon is available for use in both Garages. This is the same coupon that has been available for some time at the Market Street Garage.  The coupons are available at the Lanier Parking office at 108 5th St NE a few doors down on the same level as City Space.  The discount coupons are provided for free.  They entitle the customer to park for as long as they want during one day for a maximum cost of $6.50.  This is a significant reduction from the daily maximum of $12.00 per day.  You simply present the coupon for your discount and pay the cashier on exit.  The program may be used by employers who want to split the cost of parking with their employees.  We can split the cost at any percentage the business wants.  The employee then pays the cashier for their portion of the $6.50 and the employer is billed at the end of the month for their portion.

Further information on any of these changes is available from Lanier Parking at their office or by phone at 434-284-5620, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 

 

Monthly Parking

The City also offers monthly parking in both garages and on a surface parking lot located off 7th Street NE and facing East Market Street.  There is a waiting list for monthly parking.  The waiting list is a single list for all three facilities.  When an opening becomes available at any facility, the permit is offered to the person at the top of the list.  If the customer chooses not to accept the offer at a specific facility it is offered to the next person on the list.  You do not lose your place on the list if you do not accept an offer because you prefer to wait for parking at a different facility.  Special reserved parking at a numbered space is available at the Water Street Garage only.  A separate waiting list is maintained for reserved parking.

Both hourly and monthly parking is operated by Lanier Parking for the City.  Lanier Parking manages the waiting list and bills monthly parkers on behalf of the City.  For additional information on monthly parking rates at the two garages and the surface parking lot, please contact Lanier Parking at 108 5th Street NE or at 434-284-5620.  Their office is open from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  The office is closed on City Holidays.

 

On-Street Parking

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On-street parking on the streets surrounding the Mall is free although most spaces closest to the Mall are restricted to parking a maximum of 2 hours.  There are also many ADA reserved spaces and restricted loading zones on the area streets.  Please obey the signed restrictions on parking in these spaces.  Vehicles parked in Loading Zones where active loading or unloading of vehicle is not observed are liable to be ticketed.  Follow this link to further information regarding parking tickets.

 

The City Surface parking lot on Water and 1st St

There is a 100 space City owned metered parking lot in close proximity to the Downtown Mall.  It is bounded by Water Street, 1st St SW, South Street and 2nd St SW.  There is a variety of all day and 2 hour time restricted spaces.  The meters are old style and do not take credit cards.  You must pay with quarters, nickels or dimes.  Payment is required from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.  The rate is only $0.50 per hour.  You do have to estimate your length of stay in advance and pay the meter when you park.

 

The City Surface parking lot on 7th St NE and Market

There is a 60 space City owned lot on 7th St NE which is reserved for monthly parking only on weekdays until 5pm. It is available on a first come first-served basis after 5pm weekdays and all day on weekends.

 

Private Parking Options Downtown

There are many smaller private parking lots located through out the Downtown area.  The vast majority are reserved for monthly parking only, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Most have signs warning that you may be towed if you are not an authorized monthly parker.

There are, however, two privately owned surface parking lots, that allow hourly public parking.  Both use automated payment kiosks that only accept credit cards.  The parking rate is $3.00 per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Both have signs warning that you may be towed if you do not pay for parking.

One is located next to the Water St Garage.  It is bounded by Water St E, 1st St S, South St E and 2nd St SE. It has approximately 175 spaces.

The second lot is located behind the Well Fargo Bank Building and is bounded by Market St E, 1st St N and 2nd St Ne.  It has approximately 75 spaces.

Both surface lots usually have parking available during the day and in the evening.

 

The Parking Action Plan can be found HERE.


CURRENT STUDIES

2016 PARKING METER PILOT PROGRAM

Cover for Parking Pilot Program

Following the completion of the 2015 Parking Study, City Council directed staff and the consultant to move forward with an implementation plan for a pilot on-street metering program.  The plan outlines the details along with specific recommendations for the City. 

To see the plan, CLICK HERE









PARKING STUDY 2015

Charlottesville Parking Study Report 9-9-15 1

In 2015, the City of Charlottesville engaged Nelson Nygaard, an internationally recognized transportation consultant, to update parking inventory and utilization rates in and around downtown Charlottesville and in the University Corner area. The data, along with significant stakeholder feedback, has been gathered, processed, and formulated into a final report and a series of recommendations.  

To see the 2015 Parking Study, CLICK HERE.

 

Following the completion of the 2015 Parking Study, City Council directed staff and the consultant to move forward with an implementation plan for a pilot on-street metering program.  The plan outlines the details along with specific recommendations for the City. 

To see the plan, CLICK HERE

 

 

 PARKING STUDY 2015

Charlottesville Parking Study Report 9-9-15 1
In 2015, the City of Charlottesville engaged Nelson Nygaard, an internationally recognized transportation consultant, to update parking inventory and utilization rates in and around downtown Charlottesville and in the University Corner area. The data, along with significant stakeholder feedback, has been gathered, processed, and formulated into a final report and a series of recommendations.  

To see the 2015 Parking Study, CLICK HERE.

Following the completion of the 2015 Parking Study, City Council directed staff and the consultant to move forward with an implementation plan for a pilot on-street metering program.  The plan outlines the details along with specific recommendations for the City. 

To see the plan, CLICK HERE

 

 

 PARKING STUDY 2015

Charlottesville Parking Study Report 9-9-15 1
In 2015, the City of Charlottesville engaged Nelson Nygaard, an internationally recognized transportation consultant, to update parking inventory and utilization rates in and around downtown Charlottesville and in the University Corner area. The data, along with significant stakeholder feedback, has been gathered, processed, and formulated into a final report and a series of recommendations.  

To see the 2015 Parking Study, CLICK HERE.

Following the completion of the 2015 Parking Study, City Council directed staff and the consultant to move forward with an implementation plan for a pilot on-street metering program.  The plan outlines the details along with specific recommendations for the City. 

To see the plan, CLICK HERE

 

 

 PARKING STUDY 2015

Charlottesville Parking Study Report 9-9-15 1
In 2015, the City of Charlottesville engaged Nelson Nygaard, an internationally recognized transportation consultant, to update parking inventory and utilization rates in and around downtown Charlottesville and in the University Corner area. The data, along with significant stakeholder feedback, has been gathered, processed, and formulated into a final report and a series of recommendations.  

To see the 2015 Parking Study, CLICK HERE.









PAST STUDIES

2014 West Main Street Parking Opportunities and Analysis by Nelson Nygaard, CLICK HERE.

2008 Parking Study by Martin Alexiou Bryson, CLICK HERE.

2000 Parking Master Plan by Rich and Associates, Inc., CLICK HERE.

2000 Addendum to the Parking Master Plan by Rich and Associates, Inc., CLICK HERE.

1986 Parking Study of the Central City Area by Wilbur Smith and Associates, CLICK HERE.