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Public Parking Spaces

Public Parking

All public parking in downtown Chapel Hill can be conveniently paid for at pay stations or on the ParkMobile App.

On-Street Parking  spaces require payment Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Off-Street Parking spaces require payment Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. This includes surface lots, decks, and garages. Parking is free on Sundays year-round, on all Town Holidays, and Saturdays in December and July.

Posted 3.22.21 Parking is free at all off-street lots on the West End at 6pm each day and throughout downtown on every Saturday- until August 1, 2021. Only exception to the free Saturday parking is on May 15, 2021.

Parking Rates:

  • On Street Parking, $1.75 per hour, 3 hour maximum
  • Off Street Parking, $1.50 per hour,  10 hour maximum

Types of Pay Station Operation:

The pay stations require that you enter the 3-digit space number that is located on the curb or in your parking spot. The pay stations 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 Non-Functioning Pay Station:

If you encounter an issue with a pay station that is not working, please report the pay station number (found on the front) to 919-968-2760. We will  promptly investigate; and any citations issued in a parking space with a verified non-functioning pay station will be dismissed. We appreciate your assistance!

Reserving On-Street Parking Spaces:

We can reserve on-street parking spaces for contractors or commercially licensed businesses performing service work in the downtown are; as well as for special events. The fee is $25.00 per space, 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