Be careful, even rock stars get towed on the Downtown Mall. Check out this story from musician, and Charlottesville native, Dave Matthews.
Of course, if you follow the rules–make sure you read what the parking rules are, and what happens if you go over your time–you won’t end up like Dave Matthews. And, since many of the shops and restaurants on the DTM validate parking, you shouldn’t sweat it.
Here’s the most recent information about the parking situation Downtown from the City of Charlottesville.
Here’s a video, courtesy of Charlottesville Hot Yoga, that gives you a good overview of the parking options Downtown. There are actually quite a few!
Water Street Parking Garage: open 24/7. $2 an hour and the first hour is free. If you leave the garage outside the hours of fee collection, for example between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, parking is free. There is no charge to park in the Market and Water Street Garages on the following days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Market Street Parking Garage: open 24/7. $2 an hour and the first hour is free. If you leave the garage outside the hours of fee collection, for example between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, parking is free. There is no charge to park in the Market and Water Street Garages on the following days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Omni Hotel: you can park at the hotel garage for $2.00 an hour. (Do NOT park in the Staples parking lot across the street, which is reserved for Staples customers and you run the risk of being towed.) Free, of course, if you’re staying at the hotel.
Discount Daily Parking
For employees of downtown or frequent all day parkers who may not be able to obtain a permit, a discounted $6.50 all day coupon is available for use in both Garages. Click here to find out more.
Surface Parking Lots
Water Street Lot: same hours as Water Street Garage, but a little more expensive at $2.50 an hour. Plus, you can get your car out of there.
Citizens Commonwealth Center: since the UVA Community Credit Union left the building, there’s a lot of spaces here. $5 for the evening.
218 West Market Street: real close to the Mall, but not a lot of spaces. $5 for the evening.
Charlottesville City Water Street lot: metered parking during the day, but free at night. This is where they have the Charlottesville City Market, so no parking there on Saturday during the growing season.
On-street parking on the streets surrounding the Mall is free although most spaces closest to the Mall are restricted to parking a maximum of 2 hours. There are also many ADA reserved spaces and restricted loading zones on the area streets. Please obey the signed restrictions on parking in these spaces. Vehicles parked in Loading Zones where active loading or unloading of vehicle is not observed are liable to be ticketed. Follow this link to further information regarding parking tickets.
Monthly, private and long-term options: click here.
NOTE on Vehicle crossings: there are two: one at 4th Street, and one at 2nd Street NW. Fourth Street crossing entrance on Market Street goes south, 2nd Street crossing on Water Street goes north