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
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 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
When heading to the events at venues such as the Greater
Richmond Convention Center,
Richmond CenterStage, or
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
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
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 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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.
Understanding Parking Signs
There are a wide variety of signs posted to indicate what the parking regulations are in specific areas. In order to
avoid ticketing and/or towing, you must understand and adhere to them. The signs are constructed and placed in
accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Here are some of the signs you will see throughout the City:
Parking with Disability Placards
In the Downtown Central Business District vehicles with disabled parking placards will be limited
to two hours, which is in accordance with City
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
Violators will be fined $20. Additionally, when parking in a time restricted location,
Section 275 of the City’s Code stipulates it is possible to receive up to 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
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
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 or (804)646-5700, or you can stop by
Room 102 on the first floor of City Hall.
Parking Immobilization Program (Booting)
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
No. 2006-328-2007-10 adopted by Richmond City Council on January 8, 2007.
Orange Boot Wheel Lock
Tickets can be paid in the Department of Public Works Parking Division on the first floor of City Hall Room 102,
with cash, credit card, debit card or money order between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. No checks will be
accepted. There will be a 2.5 percent convenience fee for debit or credit card payments. Tickets can also be paid
by phoning Standard Parking at (804) 649-3025 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.. Only debit or credit card payments are accepted.
There will be a $3.00 convenience fee for debit or credit card payments paid via Standard Parking.
If Your Car is Towed
Richmond Police Department facilitates vehicle towing. If, for some reason, the City tows
your car, you can retrieve it at:
642 W. Southside Plaza Dr.
Richmond, VA 23224
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
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