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 a2dda.org/transportation/
The hourly parking lot rate is $1.40/hour ($1.60 after 3 hours). The hourly parking structure rate is $1.20/hour. Operating hours vary. The Ann & Ashley structure has a flat fee of $3 between 4 p.m. and 6 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 $140; monthly permits at the Ann & Ashley, Library Lane and Forest structures are $145/month; monthly permits at Maynard and Liberty Square are $155/month. Reserved spaces are available at some locations for either $180 or $195/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 1st come, 1st served; call the Downtown Development Authority at 997-1310 to inquire about availability.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at six downtown parking structures: Forest Ave.; Maynard St.; Fourth Ave. and William St.; Ann and Ashley St.; Fourth Ave. and Catherine St.; and Library Lane. There is no additional fee to use them.
Rates at the 1,750 metered curbside spaces in the downtown and campus area are $1.50/hour. Street meters are enforced Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Meter cash cards can be used instead of coins at every city parking meter; 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 (but not meter cash 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.
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 4 ways: on the city's website, a2gov.org (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 2nd floor of the Justice Center (only in the case of vehicle impoundment), 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 5th floor of City Hall, 301 E. Huron; or online at a2gov.org. For recorded information, call the Parking Referee information line at (734) 994-9172.
Towing and Impoundment
If your vehicle vanishes, call Washtenaw Metro Dispatch (734-994-2911) to find out whether it was towed. You must pay the impoundment charges at the towing company before your vehicle is released.
The city uses 3 towing companies when towing vehicles from a public street or parking area: Brewer's, 1763 Plymouth Rd. (665-8888); Sakstrup's Towing, 5600 S. State (971-5400); and Triangle Towing, 191 Hiscock (761-5696). Towing charges average $150 for a standard wheel-lift tow, plus additional fees for each day the vehicle is stored, and further charges for dollies or other special circumstances. For details, see a2gov.org; select Police from the Departments drop-down menu and then click on Vehicle Impounds and Releases in the left-hand column.
If your vehicle was towed from private property, locate the sign posted on the property to see which company to contact.