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Last Updated: 2014-04-14

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.

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             

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 Tickets

Paying Your Parking Ticket ONLINE

Pay-in-Person Locations

Appealing Your Parking Ticket

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.

Map - Off-Street Parking Facilities

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.

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.

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.

Parking FAQ

Are there areas within the city of Richmond where parking is restricted?

Yes. 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.

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.

If I live in Zone 1, can I park in Zone 2, or the reverse?

Yes. However, parking in a zone for which you do not have a valid permit limits you to the one-hour time restriction that is 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.

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.

Where are off-street parking facilities located in Richmond?

There are a number of off-street parking facilities in the city of Richmond. The map below provides information regarding these facilities.

Map - Off-Street Parking Facilities

Who is responsible for Parking Enforcement in the city of Richmond?

Three organizations have authority for on-street parking enforcement in the city of Richmond.

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.

Other Useful Information

Vehicles which have been impounded due to outstanding citations will be towed to Seibert's Towing at 642 West Plaza Drive, Richmond, VA 23224, (804)233-5757.

How do I find out if I have outstanding parking fines?

Call the city of Richmond's Department of Finance at (804)646-5700 or stop by City Hall, Room 102.

When does my Carver Parking Permit expire?

The Carver Parking Permit expires on December 31.

What are Fan Parking Permits?

Fan Parking Permits are permits for persons residing in the area of the city most commonly referred to as the "Fan District". The permit enables residents and certain college students to park within this designated area without being ticketed or towed.

Fees for Fan Parking Permits: $25.00, valid for one year - July 1st through June 30th

What are the two Fan Restricted Parking Zone boundaries?

There are two zones which will be divided at Lombardy Street.

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

Zone 2 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.

When does my permit expire?

The permits expire on June 30.

How will we be able to distinguish the zones?

The different zones will have a distinct sign. The signs will be 10 by 4.5 inches and will be posted on posts below the restricted parking signs. Zone 1 will be blue with white print and border, and Zone 2 will be red with white print and border.

How much does the Fan decal and visitor passes cost?

  • Resident decal - $25.00
  • Visitor pass - $35.00

You may only purchase two. In addition, visitor passes can only be purchased by a Fan district homeowner.

Contact Information:

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