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Parking Lots & Structures

City-owned and Downtown Development Authority (DDA)-managed parking facilities are marked by white signs with a green letter P (lots) or blue signs with a white P (structures). A private company, Republic Parking (734-761-7235), operates the system. About 100 downtown businesses validate customers' parking. See the number of open spots at lots and structures Mon.-Sat. at

The hourly parking lot rate is $1.50/hour ($1.70 after 3 hours). The hourly parking structure rate is $1.20/hour. Operating hours vary. The Ann & Ashley and Liberty Square structures charge a flat fee of $3 between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weeknights and all day Sat. The 1st & Washington structure has a flat fee of $5 between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weeknights and all day Sat. The 415 W. Washington lot has a flat rate fee of $4 all day Mon.-Sat. All city parking is free on Sun.

Parking permits allow 24-hour access to specific lots and structures. The cost of a monthly permit at the Fourth & William structure is $150; monthly permits at the Ann & Ashley, Library Lane and Forest structures are $155/month; monthly permits at Maynard and Liberty Square are $165/month. Reserved spaces are available at some locations for either $205 or $220/month. Limited/Overnight permits are available at some locations for $30/month and allow access from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Permits are issued first come, first served; call the Downtown Development Authority at (734) 994-6697 to inquire about availability.

Electric vehicle charging stations are available at five downtown parking structures: Forest Ave.; Maynard St.; Fourth Ave. and William St.; Ann and Ashley St.; and Library Lane. There is no additional fee to use them.

Parking Meters

Rates at the 1,800 metered curbside spaces in the downtown and campus area are $1.60/hour. Street meters are enforced Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Meter cash cards can be used instead of coins and are available for both traditional and E-Park meters. Buy them at a Republic Parking office at 324 Maynard or in the Ann & Ashley structure.

Many meters have been converted to solar-powered "e-park" pay stations. Each pay station is located near a group of spaces, but you can pay and add time at any machine or by phone (1-888-450-PARK: first-time users must be parked in a space and set up an account). E-park machines accept coins and credit or debit cards.

For $20/day, Republic Parking can reserve metered parking spaces for private occasions such as weddings (call 761-7235). Businesses may also temporarily reserve spaces for construction access or other needs.

Parking Violations

The fine for an expired city meter is $10 if paid before the next business day and $20 after. Fines for most other parking violations are $35 if paid within 14 days. The fine for unauthorized parking in a handicapped parking space is $115. All fines increase after 14 and 30 days. Other penalties may include default fees or impoundment charges if your vehicle is towed. The fine for violating city snow-removal parking restrictions is $115.

Parking tickets can be paid in four ways: on the city's website, (credit card only, $3.50 additional charge per citation); in person at the Customer Service Center, City Hall, 301 E. Huron; at drop boxes at E. Ann and S. Fifth (drive-by 24-hour access), the police desk on the second floor of the Justice Center, or on the north end of the lobby (check or money order only); or by mail, addressed to City of Ann Arbor Processing Center, P.O. Box 2066, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (check or money order only). Postmarks are accepted as evidence of timely payment.

Parking tickets can be contested in 3 ways: in writing to the Parking Referee, 100 N. Fifth Ave., P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107; in person during session hours at the Parking Referee office on the fifth floor of City Hall, 301 E. Huron; or online at For recorded information, call the Parking Referee information line at (734) 994-9172.

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Towing and Impoundment

If your vehicle vanishes from public property, call Washtenaw Metro Dispatch (734-994-2911) to find out whether it was towed. Redeem your vehicle as soon as possible. Storage fees accumulate on a daily basis, regardless of the reason it was impounded. You must pay the impoundment charges at the towing company before your vehicle is released. Approved towing companies are open 24/7.

If your vehicle has been towed from private property, locate the sign posted on the property and call the tow company directly.

If you wish to contest the city's towing of your vehicle, or the reasonableness of the towing and impound fees, contact the 15th District Court for a petition form: (734) 794.6752. The court is on the 4th floor of the Ann Arbor Justice Center, 301 E. Huron.

For details, see; select Police from the Departments drop-down menu and then click on Services in the left-hand column, then Towed Vehicles.

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