Downtown Parking Meter Upgrades






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New parking meters will be installed throughout Asheville’s Central Business District in 2018.

The City’s aging inventory of parking meters are being replaced with “smart parking meters.” No, they won’t find a space for you on the street. But they will accept your credit or debit card.

By all means, cash is still accepted. The Passport Parking program will continue as well. But with an increasingly cashless society and an aging inventory of parking meters, the City of Asheville is looking to newer electronic meters as replacement.


In 2016, Parking Services rolled out a test site for electronic parking meters that accept debit and credit cards. The pilot site at 35 parking spaces in the Grove Arcade area, including along Battery Park Avenue. The pilot project worked well. City Council authorized purchase and replacement of the rest of the City’s parking meters in the 2017-2018 budget.

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. 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.


2016 - Pilot project of 35 “smart meters” installed on Battery Park Avenue, from Wall Street to Otis Street.
2017 - RFP published, and vendor selected.
2018 - New “smart” parking meters to be installed throughout the Central Business District.

Supporting Documents

RFP for Single/Dual Space Parking Meters

How to Use the M5 Smart Meter from IPS Smart Meters on Vimeo.


Contact Information

Harry Brown, Parking Services Manager