Parking Information and Current Initiatives
New Parking Widget gives Real Time Parking Availability
There is a new faster way to find parking in Birmingham structures. Simply pull up the City of Birmingham app on your smart phone, or go to www.bhamgov.org 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.
New Smart Meters in Birmingham
INTRODUCING THE CIVICSMART LIBERTY SMART METER!
The installation of 1,262 credit card enabled "smart" parking meters has begun! All parking meters located in the City of Birmingham will offer payment by credit card as an option upon completion of the installation of the new parking meters. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/smartmeters.
Enhanced Traffic Control Equipment
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 now 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.
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). 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.
Recently Approved Rate Changes
1. The City of Birmingham owns and operates five parking structures providing over 3,500 parking spaces for public use in the Central Business District. Four out of five of the structures have seen no change in the hourly parking rate since 1996. Starting July 1, a new rate structure will apply at all five locations:
2. The City of Birmingham now 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 will be 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 $65 per month, the Evening Only Parking Permit will be available for just $45 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 the parking company at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. There is an increase at all parking meters on Chester St. currently set at 50¢ per hour to $1 per hour.
4. Monthly Parking Permits - The City of Birmingham will be increasing the rates for monthly parking permits sold by the City's Auto Parking System. Monthly permits allow for unlimited parking in a particular area such as a parking structure or municipal lot. Monthly permits are typically geared toward employees working within the Central Business District.
Parking Proposal - 412 and 420 E. Frank
The owner of the properties know as 412 and 420 E. Frank is proposing to remove existing buildings to construct a new residential condominium. The proposal will impact the public metered parking currently located on the south side of E. Frank Street, between Ann St. and S. Old Woodward. To learn more about this proposal and plans, follow this link.
Current Parking Initiatives
The Birmingham Parking System is pleased to announce many new initiatives designed to provide more parking capacity to the downtown area and more convenience to the public:
Downtown Daytime Valet Service - Avoid having to find a parking space
Valet service makes parking hassle free. The service, offered Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m, is located at the north east corner of Maple and Old Woodward for downtown shopping convenience. This program is expected to continue to the end of the year based on positive feedback from the public.
Electronic Sign shows spaces available inside Chester Parking Structure
Carpooling and shuttle options for businesses with monthly permit holders
The City of Birmingham has the opportunity to offer approximately 200 parking spaces at off-site facilities in and around the City to companies on the waiting list for monthly parking permits willing to explore creative solutions. Any of these solutions will enable your staff to avoid the daily parking rate, and will offer a reduced monthly permit cost.While the City is conducting its due diligence in examining long-term parking facility improvements, these interim opportunities are being offered to expand current parking capacity and address current demands. For more information, see the Parking Options Flyer.
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 www.parkmobile.com. 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.
Download a map of the current permit areas for the parking meters in this area. Questions? Please call the Engineering Dept. at 248-530-1850.
The City is currently studying the replacement of current parking meters with meters that offer a credit card option. This new type of meter with a credit card option allows meters to be paid by coin, credit card, or ParkMobile app. There are 1,238 parking meters located in the City of Birmingham. Hours of operation at parking meters are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Fees for metered parking range from $0.50 to $1.00 per hour, depending upon the location of the parking meter. To contact the parking violations bureau, please dial 248.530.1890.
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
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
Similar to all jurisdictions, the City of Birmingham attempts to operate its public facilities, including its streets, in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Later this year, it is anticipated that all cities will be required to provide reserved, marked accessible spaces at the ratio of at least 1 parking space per 25 that already exist on any city block, to be implemented whenever a street improvement (such as paving or resurfacing) is conducted by the City. The City has plans to conduct street improvement projects on several blocks of the Central Business District within the next three years. Therefore, this requirement must be implemented starting with our planned 2016 construction season.
The City plans to install new pavement on all three blocks of Hamilton Ave. this year, with a planned completion date of July, 2016. In order to meet the requirements of the new ADA law, three new reserved accessible parking spaces will need to be installed on Hamilton Ave. The spaces will be distributed so that no more than one is installed on any one block. They will be marked using standard DISABLED PARKING signage, blue paint on the parking meter and post, as well as blue pavement markings. The parking meter will be lower than the standard meter height, to allow access to all users.
The new reserved spaces will be enforced as would any other such designated parking space found in any parking lot. Drivers using the spaces will be expected to display their valid disabled parking permit. Unlike reserved accessible parking spaces in most lots, standard parking fees at the meter will apply. A time limit will also apply. It is proposed to have the meter match the time limits that already exist on the street that the meter is installed, except that no accessible metered space would have a time limit of less than 2 hours. (Many meters in the Central Business District have a 1 hour time limit. The additional hour is suggested to give those that are disabled extra time to conduct their business.) As the City begins installing marked, reserved accessible spaces, parking metered spaces available to the general public will have to be reduced.
It is important that all street metered parking spaces are available and used by the public as much as possible. For the reason stated above, continuing the current policy over a long transition period would be problematic. Therefore, later this year, as the weather allows, ALL blocks within the Central Business District would be modified to include the minimum number of marked, reserved accessible spaces in accordance with the new ADA law. The suggested plan for where the spaces will be located can be found at: http://www.bhamgov.org/publicnotices. A small percentage of disabled parking permit holders also have a special yellow sticker which designates that they are allowed to park for free (due to the nature of their disability). If you are displaying the specially designated parking permit in your vehicle, you will be able to park at any marked, disabled parking meter or regular parking meter, at no cost,
Once all spaces are installed, the Police Dept. will no longer allow regular disabled parking permit holders to park at any meter or yellow curb zone for free. All such drivers shall follow the same payment and time limit requirements as the general public, but will be allowed to park at the reserved, marked spaces that will now be installed on every block.