Parking Downtown is Easy!
Whatever your downtown destination, a parking space is conveniently available. Two and ten hour metered spaces along the streets and in designated lots make visiting the downtown and waterfront areas hassle free. Parking meters are enforcable Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with exception to holidays. Don't forget that many of our two hour meters offer 30 minutes FREE for quick trips!
If you don't want to think about time on a meter, make the Larry C. Hardy or Old Town Parking Deck your parking destination. These facilities offer the most affordable parking rates in town!
Weekdays after 5 PM and all day on the weekends there is no fee from the months of November through April in the Hardy Deck. Free parking year round is also available on the first floor of the Old Town Deck, Monday through Saturday after 6 PM and all day on Sunday.
Whether you are shopping, dining, playing at the beach, or enjoying the beautiful scenery of our downtown area, you will find informative blue and white signs to help you make the most of your visit. We hope you enjoy your experience in beautiful Downtown Traverse City. Please come and visit us soon!
To pay parking citations online, click here.
If you experience problems with the online payment system, please contact Traverse City Parking Services at (231) 922-0241.
For a current map of available parking, click here.
Contact the Parking Office
Traverse City Parking Services
303 East State Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Located in the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck
Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck Hours:
Located at 303 E State Street
Monday - Saturday: 7:00AM - MIDNIGHT
Sundays: 7:00AM - 6:00PM*
Rates: $1.00 per hour, daily maximum of $10.00.
Overnight parking available - please notify attendant.
*Closing times may be later depending on downtown events
Old Town Parking Deck Hours:
Located at 125 East Eighth Street
Winner of the 2011 Historic Preservation Award, the Old Town Parking Deck is now open!
The first floor is accessible via the alley behind Maxbauer's Meat Market and is OPEN 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rates: $1.00 per hour, four hour limit.
Upper Floors are available to the Public seven days a week: 7:00AM - MIDNIGHT
Rates: $1.00 per hour, daily maximum of $10.00.
Do you have an electric vehicle? Will you need to recharge when out and about?
The Old Town Parking Deck is proud to offer ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations on the first and second levels. It’s easy to use and free to sign up at www.chargepoint.com. Once signed up, you will be mailed a Smart Card which is used to activate your charging sessions.
ChargePoint also provides a free app for your Android or iOS phone that allows you to check the status of your charge, receive text messages notifying you of a full charge, check availability of stations and more. Simply navigate to Google Play on your Android or the App Store on your iPhone and download this convenient tool.
For instructions on how to use the charging station and answers to the most frequently asked questions, click here.
Bike Lockers Available for Rent at the Hardy and Old Town Parking Decks
Whether you live Downtown and need a safe place to store your bike, or you can't find the extra room in your garage, our bike lockers are a great solution to add protection from both the unpredictable Northern Michigan weather and theft.
For more information regarding bike lockers, please call the parking office at the number listed above or click here for an application.
Common City of Traverse City Parking Ordinances
Ordinance 410.04, Section D
(i) From November 16 through the following April 14, vehicles found parked on any street or alley between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. may be towed at the owner's expense.
(ii) From April 15 through November 15, overnight parking between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. is allowed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings only on any street where parking is otherwise allowed....
Meter Violations and Meter Coining
Ordinance 484.04, Sections A-C
(a) ...whenever a vehicle is parked in the space adjacent to a parking meter, the operator of the vehicle shall activate the meter by depositing in the meter a United States coin of a denomination indicated on the parking meter legend... The parking meters must be activated from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday except holidays and except such other times or circumstances as designated by the City Manager.
(b) Overtime parking. No person shall leave any vehicle in any metered parking place when the meters must be activated for longer than the time idicated on the parking meter.... No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter coin for the purpose of increasing or extending the parking time of any vehicle beyond the legal parking time which had been established for the parking space adjacent to the parking meter. It shall be a seperate offense to park at a metered space for each period of time equal to the maximum allowed on the meter.
(c) A person who violated this section is responsible for a civil infraction subject to the fine indicated in Section 488.06.
Seven or more meter violations in one year
Ordinance 488.06, Uniform Traffic Code, Offense 38
(38) Parking beyond time allowed on meter - 7 or more violations within a one-year period (Codified Ordinance Section 484.04) will result in a fine of $75.00 per violation for the remainder of that calendar year.
For a complete PDF of Traverse City's Parking Ordinances, please click here.
UPDATED APRIL 8, 2014