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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 $1.80/hour ($2.00 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 $5 between 3 p.m. 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 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weeknights and all day Sat. The 415 W. Washington lot has a flat rate fee of $5 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, Ann & Ashley, 1st and Washington, Library Lane, Forest, Maynard, and Liberty Square structures is $195/month. Reserved spaces are available at some locations for either $270/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.

Motorcycles and scooters park free in 7 designated downtown structures and lots, including the Fourth & William, Maynard, Forest, and Ann & Ashley structures. See map at

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 Violations

The fine for an expired city meter is $15 if paid before the next business day, $25 within 14 days, $60 within 30 days, and $70 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 5 ways: online at (credit card only; fee of $2.95 or 3%, whichever is greater); by phone at (866) 890-4982 (same fee as online); in person at the Customer Service Center, City Hall, 301 E. Huron, weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; at drop boxes at E. Ann and S. Fifth (drive-by 24-hour access), or on the north end of the City Hall lobby; ; 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: online at (see form on webpage); in writing to the Parking Referee, 301 E. Huron, P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (provide a license plate number; the date, time, and location of incident; and ticket number); or by email (send to To hear this information in detail, call the Parking Referee information line at (734) 794-6549.

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Steet Parking

Rates at the 1,800 metered curbside spaces in the downtown and campus area are $2.10/hour. Meters are enforced Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. After parking, note your space number. Payment can be made at any ePark pay station with credit card or coin. Payment can also be made using the free ePark mobile app.

For $25/day, Republic Parking can reserve street parking spaces for private occasions such as weddings (call (734) 761-7235). Businesses may also temporarily reserve spaces for construction access or other needs.

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. Approved towing companies are open 24/7, and storage fees accumulate on a daily basis, regardless of the reason your vehicle was towed.

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.

If your vehicle has been towed from private property, the city has no involvement. Locate the sign posted on the property or the owner and call the tow company directly.

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. There will be a $75 filing fee.

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