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Wondering if Birmingham's parking structures have open spaces? Simply pull up the City of Birmingham app on your smart phone, or go to the homepage, and click on the green and white parking widget in the upper right corner of the page. It will pop out an orange box with real time parking data for all the structures. It's that easy and convenient. When you are making plans to come to Birmingham, check out parking ahead of time.

City of Birmingham Parking Study & Master Plan
The City of Birmingham recently worked to evaluate parking operations, strategies and practices in the City’s Central Business District with a goal of ensuring the parking system is being operated, managed and developed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The City hired the consulting firm of Nelson/Nygaard to study the parking system and to provide new recommendations on operations and facilities that would help the system better handle its mission, as well as prepare for the future. Download their Preliminary Parking Report here, and the final Parking Master Plan here.

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Valet Parking
To ensure an advanced level of service to Birmingham customers and visitors, the City of Birmingham and BSD are offering two valet parking locations: Hamilton near Ferndale, and South Old Woodward near Merrill. The service is offered Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The charges are $5 per vehicle (first two hours), then an additional $5 per hour thereafter.

Staying More than 3 Hours? Go UP!
If you're parking in the City's parking structures for more than three hours, the City asks that you go UP. Freeing up spaces on the first and lower floors of the parking structures has the following benefits: opens 250 short-term spaces, increases traffic flow efficiency and reduces full capacity occurrences. The City appreciates your patience and understanding!

Lot Available for Monthly Permit Parking
The City will be using the southeast corner of Maple and Woodward for monthly permit parking, helping to offload demand in the City parking structures. By doing this, more than 150 parking spaces are added to the parking system.

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All parking meters located in the City of Birmingham offer payment by credit card as an option. Learn more at

Enhanced Traffic Control Equipment

IN CardThe City offers enhanced traffic control equipment at the City's parking structures. The system requires drivers to use a credit/debit card or IN Card (a card that can be loaded with various amounts) to pay for parking. IN Cards are available at the SP+ Parking Office at the Chester Street Parking Structure, and are available at the Treasurer's Office in City Hall. The IN CARD can be purchased for $10.00, and then loaded with amounts of $25, $50, $100, or $200. The IN CARD can also be purchased with a zero-dollar balance for the in and out parker typically under 2 hours. Once the balance is running low on the card, visit the parking office at 180 Chester to have it reloaded. 

The system does not accept cash and it does not require the use of a ticket, which prevents backups from occurring when a driver is stopped at the exit and unable to locate their ticket. Monthly permit holders simply hold up their access cards to a scanner at the entrance and exit. Previous access cards will be disabled. 
In addition, each structure has signs that display the number of spots available at the structure. Those driving by the structure will easily see how many spaces are open. For more information, contact or call 248-540-9690.

Looking for Parking?
Park in one of the five City-owned parking decks for an easy, convenient and less expensive parking option than metered street parking, and there are no time limits. The first 2 hours are free in all five of the City-owned parking decks, and parking is always free on Sundays and designated holidays (see list below). Throughout the Old Woodward Reconstruction Project the parking decks are free on Saturdays as well. All the City parking decks are well lit and have public telephones. The parking decks are handicap accessible with elevators. Take advantage of one of Birmingham’s 1,200 parking meters for quick visits or one-stop shopping, or check out some valet options. If you plan on staying in town for any length of time, a parking deck is always a better choice.

Check map for color-coded parking spaces to view time limits and cost
To view the time limits on the google map below, click on each color-coded parking area and you will see the time limit and cost per hour to park at each space. Green = 1 hr. limit, Blue = 2 hr. limit,  Yellow = 4 hr. limit, and Purple = 12 hr. limit. Costs per hour may vary; check each space as you click on it. Parking in any city structure marked "P" is free for the first 2 hours. Click on the "P" and get the garage address (for your GPS), total parking spaces, and additional rate information.

Parking Rates

PARKING METER RATES: The City of Birmingham has two different rate structures for on street parking at meters: $1.00/hr. and $1.50/hr., based on the location. Meters have 2-hr. limits, 4-hr. limits, and 12-hour limits.

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The City of Birmingham owns and operates five parking structures providing over 3,500 parking spaces for public use in the Central Business District.  The following rates apply at all five locations:

                  Leparking greenss than 2 hours              Free
                  Less than 3 hours              $2
                  Less than 4 hours              $4
                  Less than 5 hours              $6
                  Less than 6 hours              $8
                  More than 6 hours           $10 

The City of Birmingham offers Evening Only Monthly Permits at all five parking structures, allowing unlimited monthly parking to those who enter after 4 p.m. only, and leave prior to the next regular business day.  The Evening Only Permit is sold at a discounted rate of $20 Off the usual monthly permit rate.  For example, if you would like to park at the Pierce St. Structure, which has a monthly rate of $70 per month, the Evening Only Parking Permit will be available for just $50 per month.  As you may know, regular monthly permits are now sold out at all five structures due to high demand.  However, if you know that you could benefit from the Evening Only Permit, we encourage you to  call 248-540-9690 or e-mail SP+, the City's Parking Operator, at:

Monthly Parking Permits - There is currently more demand for permits than there is space available, therefore, if you are interested in purchasing one, you will have to be placed on a waiting list.  Applications for a permit can be obtained by going to the SP+ website at: http:/  

Monthly rates are as follows: 
Pierce St. Parking Structure                             $70
Park St. Parking Structure                                $70
Peabody St. Parking Structure                         $70
N. Old Woodward Ave. Parking Structure     $70
Chester St. Parking Structure                           $50
Parking Lot #6 Regular                                      $70
Parking Lot #6 Economy                                   $50
Ann St.                                                                   $60
S. Old Woodward Ave.                                       $35
Rooftop Valet For No Extra Charge at Four Birmingham Structures
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Rooftop Valet is controlled by valet staff during the peak demand hours  (about 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later, depending on demand) at the following structures: Chester, Pierce, North Old Woodward and Park.  Drivers that cannot locate a space on lower levels will be asked to turn their car over to a valet driver stationed at the entrance to Level 5.  The valet operation allows the structure to hold about 50 more cars than it usually does.  This will help delay or remove the need to close the structure due to being filled.  There is no extra cost to use this service.
Parkmobile - A convenient way to pay at the meters
Did you know Parkmobile is available at all Birmingham parking meters? Motorists can pay for parking with cell phones using Parkmobile’s native mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones. To use the Parkmobile system, register for free at Once registered, motorists can use a mobile app, the internet, QR code, or call toll free at 800-280-4146 to pay for parking. Users will select the zone and parking space numbers printed on the Parkmobile stickers on each meter. Customers can add more time to a meter from their phones, as long as the posted time limit is not exceeded.

View information regarding Residential Parking Permits.

Defective Meters
To report a defective parking meter, please contact 248.530.1873. All defective parking meters must be reported immediately.

Legal Holidays-Free Parking at Meters (No need to insert money or slide your credit card - park and enjoy!)
The following are designated as legal holidays. Parking at meters spaces on these dates will be free.

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
  • President’s Day 
  • Good Friday 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day 
  • Columbus Day 
  • Veteran’s Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Christmas Day 
  • New Year’s Eve

Handicap Accessible Parking and Meter Information

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The City of Birmingham offers 70 designated accessible parking spaces throughout the Central Business District. The spaces are the result of the City’s 2017 accessible parking policy, adopted to comply with state and federal laws as well as being more consistent with neighboring communities. The spaces provide more reserved, designated handicap accessible parking than ever before offered in Birmingham.

The City’s parking policy applies to any public street that has individually marked parking spaces and all municipal lots. The City provides reserved, marked accessible spaces at the ratio of at least one parking space per 25 that exist on any city block. The spaces are metered and subject to time limitations and fees. Consistent with neighboring communities, parking for free at any meter or at yellow curbed zones is not permitted.

Paying Your Parking Ticket
Visit for information about paying your parking ticket online, in person or by mail.

Bike Rack Locations in Downtown Birmingham