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Last Updated: 2014-04-16

The City of Richmond Parking Enterprise currently consists of 1,475 on-street spaces and 5,463 off-street spaces.

Whether driving downtown for business or pleasure, take a moment to plan ahead so you know where to park when you get there.

Do you want to locate an on-street parking place? Or do you want the convenience of using a parking lot near your destination?

The City operates approximately 20 parking lots and parking garages.
These are the rates and locations for each.

Here are locations for ALL off-street parking facilities in the Downtown Central Business District.

Every visit to the city of Richmond should be enjoyable, so plan ahead for parking!

Parking Pay Stations

Pay to Park Machine              Pay to Park Sign             

Parking Meter - Machine                                     Pay to Park Sign                

Since 2012 the City of Richmond has been replacing many of its parking meters with pay stations.  So far, nearly 950 meters have been removed.

Pay stations are more convenient for customers because they accept debit and credit cards, in addition to cash and coins.  Each pay station can accommodate 10 cars, which eliminates having a meter/pole at each space.  So, the pay stations are also more aesthetically pleasing to the City’s streetscape.

The current rate at pay stations is $.75 per hour.  After you pay, the machines dispense a receipt that must be placed on the dashboard, but visible from the windshield to verify your car is legally parked.  Failure to properly place the receipt may result in a ticket.

The City currently has more than 120 pay stations located throughout the Central Business District and near Virginia Commonwealth University.  By 2015 there will be approximately 160 pay stations in use.

In addition, the pay stations are solar powered, which means they are environmentally friendly.  In areas where trees or buildings would prevent adequate charging of solar batteries, parking meters will continue to be utilized.

Each pay station also contains contact information, in the event there is a problem with the machine, or you can report issues with a Parking Enforcement Officer patrolling the area.

If You Get a Parking Ticket

Parking Ticket
  • Paying Your Parking Ticket ONLINE

  • Pay-in-Person Locations

  • Appealing Your Parking Ticket

  • Contesting Your Parking Ticket

  • It’s easy to forget sometimes.  If you received a parking ticket and you can’t remember whether you paid it, you can either do an online ticket look up or you can contact Customer Care at 3-1-1 (646-5700), or you can stop by Room 102 on the first floor of City Hall.

    Parking Time Limits

    Peek Times Street Cleaning

    Time limit restrictions throughout the City are located on street parking signage and range from 15 minutes to 3 hours. The restrictions are generally enforced Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the City. There are some locations that have weekend restrictions as well, which are specifically noted on the signs. It is not permitted to exceed the noted time limits and the vehicle must be moved at least 500 feet from the original space to avoid a citation.

    If the on-street location requires payment, the time limit permitted is noted on single space meters and metered pay stations. In some pay station locations, the time limit restriction is only noted on the pay station. This is an on-going initiative to reduce street and sign clutter where possible.

    Also, there are times during the day, such as peak traffic times of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where parking is not permitted, even though a parking meter may be present at that location. There is a$60 fine for such violations. Another sign which overrides a time limit restriction and meter location is the permanent street cleaning sign, in which a$40 fine will be assessed for a violation.

    Who Issues Parking Citations

    Parking Enforcement Officer

    There are three entities within the City authorized to issue parking tickets for on-street violations:

    Parking is enforced pursuant to the Code of Virginia, Title 46.2, Chapter 12, Abandoned, Immobilized, Unattended and Trespassing Vehicles;  Parking and Richmond City Code, Chapter 102, Article VI., Stopping, Standing and Parking.

    Parking Enforcement Officer  

    Map - On-Street Parking in Downtown Richmond

    When using the map, use the "Zoom In" Tool (Z) to enlarge the map to make street names visible.

    Please pay particular attention to those areas where parking is prohibited during peak traffic times Monday through Friday.  The peak traffic times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    When heading to the Greater Richmond Convention Center or attending an event at the Richmond Coliseum or Landmark Theater, review the map of area off-street parking facilities to help plan your trip.

    Parking Immobilization Program (Booting)

    The Boot

    Scofflaw vehicles, which have at least three unpaid tickets verified by either license plate recognition technology (LPR) or Parking Enforcement Officers, will be immobilized with the attachment of an orange ‘boot’.

    Two notices will be placed on booted vehicles, on the driver’s side window and the windshield, with the full amount due, including a $60 processing fee for the boot.  Before vehicles can be released all fees and fines must be paid in full.  The boot will be removed within 45 minutes of payment.  The fee is authorized by Ordinance: 
    No. 2006-328-2007-10 adopted by Richmond City Council on January 8, 2007.

    Orange Boot Wheel Lock                   

    Tickets can be paid in the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall with cash, credit card, debit card or money order.  No checks will be accepted.  There will be a 2.5 percent convenience fee for debit or credit card payments.

    Residential Restricted Parking Zones

    There are 2 residential restricted parking areas in the City of Richmond: Fan District (2 restricted parking zones) and Carver District (1 restricted parking zone).  In these residential areas, parking is restricted to 1 hour during specific times of the day to provide residents of these areas access to parking near their home.

    Permits for Carver District and the Fan District for persons residing in those areas.  The permits are valid for one year and allow residents and certain college students to park within this designated area without being ticketed or towed.

    Fan Parking Permits: $25 - July 1 through June 30
    Carver Parking Permits: $25 - January 1 through December 31

    Residents also can purchase visitor passes for their guests for $35 each.  Only two visitor permits can be purchased at one time.

    In the Fan District there are two restricted zone boundaries which will be divided at Lombardy Street.

    Zone 1 boundaries: includes all addresses which are currently in the restricted parking district from Lombardy Street east and includes Lombardy Street addresses.

    Zone 2 boundaries: includes all addresses west of Lombardy Street that are currently in the restricted parking district but does not include Lombardy Street.

    Please refer to the following tables.

    The colors of the posted signage will help you distinguish between the two zones.  Zone 1 is blue white print and border, and Zone 2 is red with white print and border.  The signs are 10 by 4.5 inches and are posted below the restricted parking signs Zone 1 residents can park in Zone 2 and vice versa, however, parking in a zone for which you do not have a valid permit limits you to the same one-hour time restriction applicable to vehicle owners without a permit for either zone.  To park in excess of the one-hour time limit you must have a valid permit for the zone in which your vehicle is parked.

    In addition to these restricted parking districts, there are also locations with appropriate signage that restrict parking in loading zones, bus stops and other such areas where parking is limited or restricted due to Virginia and/or city traffic laws.

    Parking Advisory Information

    Whether it’s a parade, movie location, or a fallen tree, many activities could impact your parking and travel plans.  The following sources offer timely information about City services and parking and travel advisories to assist you in finding convenient parking.

    If Your Car is Towed

    If, for some reason, the City tows your car, you can retrieve it at:

        Seibert’s Towing
        642 W. Southside Plaza Dr.
        Richmond, VA 23224
        Phone:  804-233-5757

    Parking FAQ

    What is the time permitted to park at a parking meter in the City of Richmond?

    The time permitted at each meter is noted on the meter.  The times to park at specific meters may vary from
    15 minutes to 2 hours.  Also, there are times of the day, i.e. peak traffic times of 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and
    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., where parking is not permitted even though a parking meter may be present at that location.

    Are the owner’s of vehicles with handicapped placards or handicapped plates issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles permitted to park longer than the stated hours on the meter?

    Yes.  A vehicle with such placards or plates displayed on the vehicle are permitted to park up to 4 hours in a metered parking space.

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    Contact Information:

    City of Richmond
    900 E. Broad St.
    Richmond, VA
    23219 USA
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