Parking Services


The City of Asheville Parking Services, diligently works toward continuous improvements with integrity, diversity, and innovation, to provide convenient, safe, clean, and accessible public parking for the Downtown and other selected area. Parking Services strives for fiscal accountability, transparency, and credibility and shall continually strive to maintain, improve, and increase parking opportunities to meet the unique challenges that are present as the results of growth and continued development in the City of Asheville.


Making the parking experience even better for all of our customers and become a model of excellence for our industry.

Parking Studies

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.

As identified in the Haywood Road Vision Plan, the City of Asheville, with assistance from a consulting firm, developed a parking study to identify and address parking issues along the Haywood Road corridor in West Asheville.

The Comprehensive Parking Study (Strategic Plan) was developed with assistance from a consulting firm to be used as a resource document to help staff develop a Long-Term Parking Program (LTPP) to address the numerous parking needs and to make the most efficient use of the overall limited funds throughout the City of Asheville.

City of Asheville Comprehensive Parking Study - May 2008

Haywood Road Corridor Parking Study - March 2016

City of Asheville Comprehensive Parking Study (Strategic Plan) - February 2017

On-Street Parking


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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 $1.50 per hour as of April 1st, 2017. 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

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 $1.50 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 $1.50 per hour or fraction thereof.
Wall Street Garage: Parking in the Wall Street Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.50 per hour or fraction thereof.

Biltmore Avenue Garage: Parking in the Biltmore Avenue Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.50 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.

Bike Lockers

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 bikes 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.

Temporary Metered Space Closures

We offer the option to temporarily close a metered parking space for non-routine business such as construction, moving, or cleaning at a fee of $22.00 a day per space. A metered space may be closed for up to 14 days, at which time it will be reviewed before a further closure is approved.  Closures are not permitted for normal day-to-day business. Some exceptions may apply.  Closures are limited to metered spaces and loading zones. Reserving of handicapped spaces is not permitted unless absolutely necessary. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Adam March at, or at (828) 251-4071, or visit Parking Services at 45 Wall Street.

Click here to download the Temporary Meter Closure Request Form.


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