New Parking Fees Go Into Effect Aug. 1

Beginning Monday, August 1, several changes to parking fees in downtown Wilmington will go into effect.

Here are some of the highlights of the new parking fees:

Onā€Street Meters:

  • $2 per hour

Market & Second St Decks:

  • First 30 minutes are free
  • Max fee is $12
  • Evening flat fee is $7
  • Unreserved monthly fee $75
  • Reserved monthly fee $125

Second St & Hannah Block Lots:

  • Max fee is $12
  • Flat weekend fee $12
  • Unreserved monthly fee $75

Convention Center:

  • Max fee is $15
  • Special event max fee is $15

River Place Deck:

  • Max fee is $13
  • Reserved monthly fee $150

Please note: Those with valid handicap plates or hanging tags can park for free at any on-street metered space for an unlimited time, and parking in the off-street parking garages and surface lots for an unlimited time is allowed when paying the posted hourly rates.

These changes were approved after city staff completed a study of Wilmington’s parking fees compared to peer cities and towns (Asheville, NC, Alexandria, VA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, Chapel Hill, NC, Durham, NC, Carolina Beach, NC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Kure Beach, NC, and Savannah, GA) and found that the city’s fees were significantly lower.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Committee, which is comprised of stakeholders from the downtown business community, supported the parking fee changes.

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