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Parking Meters

There are more than 1100 metered on-street parking spaces within the Charlotte Center City area. Most spaces are located in the core business district, including the following streets:

  • College Street
  • Church Street
  • Trade Street
  • Third Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Tryon Street

To request a map of on-street spaces, contact Park It! at 704-375-3177.

Parking Meter

Most on-street spaces are metered using traditional parking meters; however, don't be surprised to find pay stations in high demand areas as we are in the process of upgrading the equipment.

Meter Rates
Parking meters accept quarters, dimes, nickels and the Charlotte coin.

Rates for meters are a quarter ($.25 cents) for each 15 minutes, and the Charlotte coin provides one hour of parking.

Most on-street spaces allow a purchase of a maximum of 2 hours of parking.

Hours of Enforcement
Meters are monitored from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking at night or on weekends is free unless temporary restrictions are in place.  Most meters have rush hour parking restrictions from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Vehicles will be towed if parked on restricted streets during these times.

Weekend, Special Event Enforcement and Night Park It! agents enforce parking rules in the Center City area on weekends and during special events.

Broken Parking Meters
If you have parked at a parking meter that is broken, please call 704-375-3177 or complete an online form. Make sure you have the name of the street where the meter is located and the meter number.

Meter Reservation Policy
Any non profit or private entity can reserve 2 or more meters for one business day on three separate occasions a year at zero charge if they meet the following criteria:

    A:  The business is located in the center city.
    B:  The business gives the City two weeks written notice, either US mail or email.
    C:  Must be a community event. 

The daily charge will be 80% of the daily maximum of each metered space reserved once the business goes over the three separate times a year. All requests are subject to final CDOT approval.

If you have any questions, please contact the Park It! office at 704-375-3177.