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
Do you want to locate an on-street parking place? Or do you want the convenience of using a parking lot near your
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
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
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.
Who Issues Parking Citations
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
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
review the map of area off-street parking facilities to help plan your trip.
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 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
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:
642 W. Southside Plaza Dr.
Richmond, VA 23224
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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