The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing safe, reliable and efficient parking in downtown Asheville. The city's Parking Services Division provides for the orderly turnover of parking and the maximum utilization of parking spaces. Asheville provides on-street parking as well as three parking garages and several permit lots downtown.
The City of Asheville, with assistance from a consulting firm, developed a comprehensive parking study to address the existing and future parking deficiencies in the Central Business District of downtown Asheville. The study updated a previous study that was prepared in 1998 and it lists recommendations to help the city continue to provide exceptional parking services to its citizens and guests.
City of Asheville Comprehensive Parking Study - May 2008
There are more than 700 on-street metered spaces in downtown Asheville. All meters are for short term parking (two hours or less, as marked) at a cost of $1.25 per hour. All meters accept coins only. You can also pay for on-street metered parking with a credit or debit card via Passport Parking by following the instructions listed on the parking meters. The metered spaces are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Note: Parking in the Central Business District is allowed only where indicated by signs or street markings.
Parking is FREE each Sunday and City holidays. Designated City holidays include:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving, and
- Christmas (3 days)
There is no need to "feed the meters" on these days. However, regulations for Handicapped Parking and Loading Zones are still enforced.
Please load or unload quickly, as the number of loading zones downtown is limited. A stop in one of the city's designated loading zones is limited to 30 minutes (or less, as marked). These spaces are not parking spaces. All loading zones are clearly marked, and failure to use them properly could result in a citation and fine.
Parking garages are operated for longer-duration parking as well as for monthly parking for downtown residents and employees.
Civic Center Garage: Parking in the Civic Center Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour for each hour or fraction thereof.
Rankin Avenue Garage: Parking in the Rankin Avenue Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.
Wall Street Garage: Parking in the Wall Street Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.
Biltmore Avenue Garage: Parking in the Biltmore Avenue Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.
Monthly Parking Permits: There are monthly parking permits available in city permitted lots and in the Civic Center Garage. For more information, click on one of the links provided below.
The City of Asheville has several locations where you can safely secure your bike while you shop, work, or even if you live downtown. We have several locations where the bike's can be stored as listed above. These lockers are for the use of storing bicycles and bicycle accessories only. The lockers are safe, convenient, and easy to use. You can sign up today for only $10.00 a month. Simply fill out the form below and bring it by our office located at 45 Wall Street in Downtown Asheville. Call us for a tour of the locations or just go by and see them for yourself. If you have any questions call us at 828-259-5792.
Harry Brown, Parking Services Manager
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Location: 45 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (828) 259-5792