Parking FAQs

Q: Where can I apply for an off-street parking permit?  
A: Applications for parking off-street in the Central Business District can be found here: Online Application

Q: How do I contest a parking ticket?
A: To contest a ticket by court appearance, please call (434) 455-4045.

Q: How much are parking fines?
A: Parking fines range from a warning up to $250. 

Q: How much is a residential parking permit for residents of downtown? 
A: A residential parking permit is $25 per month for the first vehicle; $50 per month for the second vehicle.

Q: How much are monthly parking permits for City owned parking facilities? 
A: Parking deck rates are $50 per month; Surface lots are $40.00 per month.

Q: What other types of parking permits are available? 
A: Construction parking permits are issued through the Office of Parking Management. Construction dumpster parking permits are available and are issued by the Public Works Department.

Q: What happens to the revenue that is collected from parking fees and fines?
A: All revenue generated from parking downtown provides funding for the management and operation of parking facilities; maintenance, security, streetscape improvements, and other downtown amenities.

Q: Where can I not park?

  • On a sidewalk or city trail
  • In front of a public or private driveway
  • Within an intersection or traveled way
  • Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant
  • On a crosswalk
  • Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection
  • Within thirty (30) feet of any flashing beacon, stop or yield sign or traffic-control signal located on the side of a roadway
  • Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing
  • Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of the entrance
  • Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when parking obstructs traffic
  • On the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the edge or curb of a street
  • Upon any bridge or other elevated structure
  • Where official signs and/or pavement markings prohibit parking
  • Between the street curb, or the edge of the paved portion of the roadway when there is no street curb, and the adjacent sidewalk
  • Between the street curb and the adjacent right-of-way line or sidewalk so as to cause the continual mounting and/or dismounting of the curbing
  • On the wrong side of the street
  • In areas that are posted parking by permit only or reserved parking without a permit
  • In a loading zone