The City of Asheville Parking
Making the parking experience even better for all of our customers and become a model of excellence for our industry
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.
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 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 with a rate of $2.50 for the second hour or fraction thereof, with additional hours or fraction thereof at $1.25 per hour, with a daily maximum of $12.00.
Rankin Avenue Garage: Parking in the Rankin Avenue Garage is free for the first hour with a rate of $2.50 for the second hour or fraction thereof, with additional hours or fraction thereof at $1.25 per hour, with a daily maximum of $12.00.
Wall Street Garage: Parking in the Wall Street Garage is free for the first hour with a rate of $2.50 for the second hour or fraction thereof, with additional hours or fraction thereof at $1.25 per hour, with a daily maximum of $12.00.
Biltmore Avenue Garage: Parking in the Biltmore Avenue Garage is free for the first hour with a rate of $2.50 for the second hour or fraction thereof, with additional hours or fraction thereof at $1.25 per hour, with a daily maximum of $12.00.
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 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 at 45 Wall Street. Lockers are located at the Civic Center, Rankin, and Wall Street decks. If you have any questions, please call 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. Reserving of handicapped spaces and loading zones are only permitted if absolutely necessary.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Josh Mallernee, email@example.com or 828-259-5493, or visit Parking Services at 45 Wall Street.
Adam March, Interim Parking Services Manager
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Location: 45 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801