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Metered Public Parking

All public parking in downtown Chapel Hill is paid at free-standing meters; as of July 2018.  The time limit for meters varies from 15 minutes up to 10 hours, with on street meters set for 3 hours. The maximum time limit for a specific meter is indicated on the meter.

On-Street Parking Meters are in operation Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, except Town Holidays.
Off-Street Parking Meters are in operation Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, except Town Holidays. This includes surface lots, decks, and garages.
Parking is free on Sundays year-round.

Metered Rates:

  • On Street Pay Stations, $1.75 per hour, 3 hour maximum
  • Off Street Pay Stations, $1.50 per hour,  10 hour maximum
  • Wallace Deck, Rosemary Deck, and 140 West Garage, $1.00 per hour, 10 hours maximum

Types of Meter Operation:

The meters require that you enter the space number that is located on the curb or parking spot. The meters accept both coins and credit cards; VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.  When using a credit card, it begins with the minimum amount; by using the arrows you can adjust the time to meet your parking needs.

To Report a Broken Meter:

If you encounter an inoperable parking meter, please report the meter number (the number, usually three digits, can be found on the front face of the meter) to 919-968-2804. All claims of a broken meter will be promptly investigated and verified; any citations issued in a parking space with a verified broken meter will be dismissed upon appeal.

Reserving a Parking Metered Space:

We can reserve on-street parking spaces only for contractors or commercially licensed trucks performing renovation work in the downtown are; as well as for special events. The fee is $15.00 per meter per day. You must request the reservations 10 business days prior to the effective date. All applicable laws and regulations are still in effect. Please call 919-968-2760 to reserve spots and for questions.


Free Parking
Accessible Parking