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A Parking Technology Revolution has come to Charlotte as hundreds of new SMART meters are installed​!

​Installation of about 600 new SMART meters in the Uptown, SouthEnd and Elizabeth areas was completed in February​, 2015.

The technology i​​n the new, solar-powered SMART meters makes it easier for customers to pay for parking. These machines accept credit cards, quarters, dimes, nickels, dollar coins, Charlotte coins or a combination of credit card and coins. The parking meters are truly an asset for 21st century drivers.

For more information, read the Smart Meter FAQ's or watch the "how to use" a SMART meter video. 

​Most spaces are located in the core business district, including the following streets:

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

Customers can find SMART meter locations on this interactive map

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

SMART Meter 

 New SMART Parking Meter

Smart 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.