Park on the street

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Effective August 1, 2020 – In parking garages, debit and credit cards will be accepted; however, the system will not be able to provide change for cash payments. Exact change only can be accepted. If a patron does not have an option to pay with debit or credit card and does not have exact change, they are advised to press the video assistant button for resolution when attempting to exit the garage.

Parking meters are required to be paid and parking ordinances are being enforced.

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Metered Spaces


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 1, 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.


Loading Zones


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.