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Lynchburg Parking Policy
The Lynchburg Parking Authority is a not-for-profit public service organization established under chapter 76 of the 1974 Acts of Assembly. On October 11, 1994, City Council passed resolution #R-94-271 creating the Authority and five (5) members were appointed to serve on the Board. On May 24, 2005, City Council reestablished the Parking Authority and appointed a seven (7) member board including two members of City Council. The Parking Authority is responsible for establishing downtown parking policies, approving parking rates, creating and revising parking regulations and overseeing new parking facility development.
The parking system is designed to maximize the usage of public parking and protect the parking privileges of customers and visitors during normal business hours. On October 14, 2008, the Parking Authority approved the installation of a pay station to be installed as a test project for approximately 90 days. On January 9, 2009, a pay by space pay station was installed on the top level, level A, of the Mid-Town Parking Deck.
The City Parking Manager is responsible for the day to day management of the off and on-street parking program, implementing policy, fiscal oversight of administration, coordinating maintenance of parking facilities, executing strategy to address items identified in the Walker Strategic Parking Plan, and conducting public education outreach programs. The Parking Manager is also responsible for proposing strategies and taking action to maximize the efficiency of parking facilities.
Off-street parking permit customers must complete a Parking Permit Agreement and return it to the Parking Management office in order to receive a parking permit. Parking permits will be issued based on the availability of the Parking Facilities. Parking permit hang tags MUST be displayed on the rearview mirror or visibly displayed on the dashboard. If a permit is lost or stolen, contact the Administrative Parking Coordinator for a replacement. A $5.00 administrative fee will be charged to replace the parking permit.
Parking permits are the property of the City of Lynchburg and are not to be sold or transferred. The City of Lynchburg reserves the right to terminate any parking permit(s) for non-payment. The City reserves the right to amend any and all parts of the agreement at any time. Parking customers will be given a 30-day written notice prior to any changes. Parking permit holders and visitors affirm by use of the parking system that they will act in compliance with the City of Lynchburg’s parking rules and regulations.
On-street parking is one of the City’s most valuable assets in the City of Lynchburg’s parking system. It is critical that curbside parking be managed to assure its availability for short term visitors and business customers. The Parking Authority is committed to ensuring that convenient on-street parking is consistently available in the Central Business District (CBD).
The purpose of on-street parking is to provide short term parking for visitors and business customers. Short term parking is from 15 minutes to 2 hours. On-street parking spaces will be managed with pay by space pay stations within the Central Business District (CBD). On-street parking in the outlying areas of downtown will continue to be controlled with time limit signs until parking demand changes.
Parking controls are necessary to assure that the on-street parking supply is used in a manner consistent with the adjacent land use and the demand for parking which accompanies that land use. For example, retail and commercial areas typically have many customers visiting for short periods of time. This means that the curbside parking near retail businesses should not be occupied by all day parkers. "Turnover" of these parking spaces is needed to provide parking for numerous users throughout the day.
The Lynchburg Parking Authority will be primarily responsible for parking enforcement in the downtown Central Business District (CBD). Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) is responsible for providing enforcement of the City’s Traffic and Parking Code in all other areas of the City and after hours and on weekends in the CBD area.
The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is currently responsible for issuing residential parking permits outside of the Central Business District.
Construction parking permits are issued by the Inspections Division of the Community Development Department. Permits will be issued to vehicle owners who are actively engaged in the construction project (Plumbers, Electricians, Contractors, etc.). Construction parking permits shall only be issued for vehicles that are used to transport equipment, tools and supplies used by the owner at the work site.
Dumpster permits are required in order to place dumpsters in on-street parking spaces or on the City’s right-of-way. Permits are issued by the Inspections Division (Neighborhood Services) of the Community Development Department.
Residents who live in the Central Business District or residential property owners may apply for an overnight parking permit. The permit will allow residents to park one vehicle in a City parking facility closest to their residence for $25 per month. Each additional vehicle permit is $50 per month.
Department Directors are responsible for requesting parking permits for board and commission members who work with their departments.
Special events parking will continue to be coordinated through the City’s special events process. Contact the Special Events Coordinator for additional information.
The Parking Manager, subject to approval by the City Manager, shall designate and assign City employee parking in all City owned or leased parking facilities. On November 1, 2008, the top level of the Midtown Parking Deck was designated for the City’s Leadership Team to park, and parking permits were issued. Department Directors are responsible for requesting parking permits for their new employees.
The top level of the Clay Street Parking Deck has been designated for employee parking. City parking permits are required. Employee parking permits only authorize parking in the facility listed on the permit. The middle level of the Clay Street Deck is primarily for paid public parking, jurors, and Holy Cross Church. The bottom level is for Public Safety employee parking only.
Employees MUST display their parking permits at all times when parking in their assigned facilities.
Human Resources will be responsible for obtaining temporary parking permits from Parking Management and disbursing temporary permits to prospective employees and/or employees attending training in City Hall. Based on the size of the group, the parking will be as follows: Less than 10 people (vehicles), parking will be provided in the Mid-Town Parking Deck, 910 Main Street. Greater than 10 people (vehicles), parking will be provided in the Clay Street Parking Deck.
City employees driving City vehicles while conducting official business may park on the top level of the Midtown Deck, the top level or middle level of the Clay Street Parking Deck. City vehicles shall not be parked for more than 1 hour on-street in the Central Business District.
All revenue generated from parking downtown will be dedicated to providing funding for the management and operation of parking facilities, maintenance, security, streetscape improvements and other downtown amenities.