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Last Updated: 2014-04-23

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.

In addition to on street parking at meters and pay stations, 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.

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 events at venues such as the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond CenterStage or Altria Theater, review the off-street parking facilities to give you an idea of where you may want to park.

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

Parking Pay Stations

Parking Pay Station              Pay to Park Sign             

Parking Pay Station                                     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.

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 vehicles 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.

Be mindful of signage indicating residential street cleaning or vacuum leaf collection are scheduled.  Parking violations during those times may result in ticketing and/or towing.

Parking with Disability Placards

Disability Placard

In the Downtown Central Business District vehicles with disabled parking placards will be limited to (2) two hours, which is in accordance with City Ordinance:  No. 2013-108-74.

The Central Business District is defined as Interstate 95 to the North and East, the Downtown Expressway to the South and Belvidere Street to the West; which includes the neighborhoods of Jackson Ward, Monroe Ward, City Center District, Capital District, Central Office District, and the Biotech and MCV District.  Four hour parking will still be allowed outside of the Central Business District for those with disability placards.

Violators will be fined $20. Additionally, when parking in a time restricted location, Chapter 102, section 275 of the City’s Code stipulates it is possible to receive up to (3) three tickets per day for permitting a vehicle to stand in the same parking place during the same day.

The City is committed to ensuring that on-street parking is managed effectively for short-term access in business districts.

Who Issues Parking Tickets

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  

There are a variety of parking infractions with fines ranging from $20 to $200.
Here is a list of some of the most common parking violations.

If You Get a Parking Ticket

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 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.

If Your Car is Towed

The Richmond Police Department facilitates vehicle towing.  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
    Web:  www.seibertscos.com

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 with white print and border, and Zone 2 is red with white print and border. The 10” by 4.5” signs are posted below the restricted parking signs where authorized zone residents park. Keep in mind, 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.

Other Useful Information

Contact Information:

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