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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.(3 p.m. for Liberty Square) and 6 a.m. on weeknights and all day Sat. The First & Washington structure does not have public access Mon.-Fri. before 3 p.m., and 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, 1st and Washington, 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) 997-1310 to inquire about availability.

Electric vehicle charging stations are available at the Fourth & Catherine lot, plus 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. Cash cards can be used instead of coins and are available for both traditional meters and ePark pay stations. Buy them at a Republic Parking office at 324 Maynard or in the Ann & Ashley structure.

Most street parking spaces are controlled by solar-powered ePark pay stations that accept credit or debit cards as well as coins. Each is located near a group of spaces, so look for your space number when you park, and take your receipt-if you're running late, you can add time (up to the maximum for your space) at any ePark machine or using the free ePark mobile app.

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, $20 within 14 days, $40 within 30 days, and $60 if after 30 days. Fines for most other parking violations are $35-$50 if paid within 14 days. The fine for unauthorized parking in a handicapped parking space is $125. 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 $125.

Parking tickets can be paid in four ways: online at (credit card only, fee of $2.95 or 3 percent, whichever is greater); 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), or on the north end of the City Hall lobby; by phone at (866) 890-4982 (same fee as online); 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, 301 E. Huron, P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107; in person during session hours on the second floor of City Hall, 301 E. Huron; or online at (see form on webpage). For recorded information, call the Parking Referee information line at (734) 794-6549.

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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.

If your vehicle is impounded for unpaid parking tickets, you must pay those fines as well as the towing company's charges 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 or the owner 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.

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