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Parking in the City of Concord, NH

Public parking is a finite public resource with competing interests that rely upon it. Communities manage parking in order to balance these interests to the extent possible to protect the public good and further economic development goals.

Management of public parking is important for economic vitality and turnover. Turnover in high demand areas is especially important for retailers and restaurants.

Parking management is also a key component of ensuring public safety for pedestrians and motorists alike. Basic examples include parking setbacks near intersections and crosswalks for visibility, no parking at fire hydrants in order to maximize ease of access for emergency responders, or parking restrictions on narrow streets to maintain safe flow of traffic.

Public parking facilities are expensive to build. Efficient management of public parking is critical to ensure the community is not spending limited resources unnecessarily to build more parking.

Lastly, management of public parking is also an important source of revenues for communities. Parking charges are user fees which reduce costs to the taxpayers for building, operating, and maintaining parking infrastructure.

Where to Park, Hours of Enforcement, Rates, and Time Limits:

On-Street Meter Zones:  The City has 766 on-street metered parking spaces throughout Downtown Concord, as well as hundreds of free parking spaces in areas on the edges of the downtown central business district. 

  • On-Street Meter Zones Hours of Enforcement:   Effective July 1, 2018 Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 7PM.

On-Street parking meters are free at all other times, including the following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King / Civil Rights Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day (when applicable), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

  • On-Street Meter Time Limits:  On-Street meters have 3 hours and 10 hour time limits.  Please see the map below. Downtown Parking Map
  • On-Street Meter Rates:  Effective July 1, 2018, on-street meter rates are $1.00 / hour.

  • Meters - Types of Payment Accepted :  Credit card payments are accepted at pay station kiosks, as are coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters).  There is a minimum 1 hour charge when paying by credit cards.  City Parking Cards are also accepted at Kiosks.  Coins are only accepted at mechanical meters.

Public Parking GaragesThe City has 3 municipally owned public parking garages featuring 1,215 parking spaces.

  • Types of Public Parking Offered in Public Garages:  The City’s public parking garage feature metered, permit, and lease parking spaces.  Please see information below for each garage for more information about quantities of spaces, as well as how to apply for permits and leases.

Parking Garages - Hours of Enforcement:

  • Parking Garage Metered Parking:  Effective July 1, 2018 Monday – Friday, 9AM – 7PM.

Parking Garage parking meters are free at all other times, including the following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King / Civil Rights Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day (when applicable), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

Parking Garage Permit & Lease Spaces:  Effective July 1, 2018 Monday – Friday, 8AM – 7PM.

Permit and Lease spaces are available to the public at all other times free of charge, including the following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King / Civil Rights Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day (when applicable), Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

Parking Garage Rates:

Parking Permits

Permit Permit Name Days Valid Hours Valid Quarterly Fee Annual Fee
A All Day - Shared Permit Parking Area Mon. - -Fri. 8 AM - -7 PM $341.25 $1,365.00
B All Day - -Reserved Assigned Space Mon. - -Fri. 8 AM - -7 PM $510.00 $2,040.00
C Half Day - Morning Shared Permit Parking Area Mon. - -Fri. 8 AM - 2 PM $170.63 $682.50
D Half Day - Afternoon Shared Permit Parking Area Mon. - -Fri. 1 PM - 7 PM $170.63 $682.50

Leases:  Leases are only available in the Storrs Street Parking Garage.  Inquire about leases in the Storrs Street Garage by calling (603) 225-8640.

Leases

Lease Type Permit Name Days Valid Hours Valid Quarterly Fee Annual Fee
Covered Parking All Day - Assigned Space Mon. - Fri. 8 AM - 7 PM $390.00 $1,560.00
Uncovered Parking All Day - Assigned Space Mon. - Fri. 8 AM - 7 PM $292.50 $1,170.00

Meters - Types of Payments Accepted:  Credit card payments are accepted at all Parking Garage pay station kiosks, as are coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters).  There is a minimum 2 hour charge when paying by credit cards.  City Parking Cards are also accepted at Kiosks. 

How to Pay for Metered Parking in Garages: When parking at meters in garages, you must remember your space number and pay at a pay station kiosk when leaving the garage on foot.  Unlike on-street metered spaces, you DO NOT need to return to your vehicle to display your receipt.


Listing of Public Parking Garages

State Street Public Parking Garage:  

Address: 19 North State Street, Concord NH 03301

Spaces Available:
Total:                         238
Metered:                   125
Permit:                     195
City Vehicles:           18

Apply for parking permits in the State Street Garage by clicking here


School Street Public Parking Garage:

Address:  17 School Street, Concord NH 03301

Spaces Available:
Total:                          467
Metered:                     187
Permit:                        280

Apply for parking permits in the School Street Garage by clicking here

Storrs Street Public Parking Garage:

Address:  75 Storrs Street, Concord NH 03301

Spaces Available:
Total:                          516
Metered:                     125
Lease:                        391

Inquire about leases in the Storrs Street Garage by calling (603) 225-8640.

Public Parking Lots:  The City has 9 public parking lots City-wide featuring 198 public parking spaces, as follows. 

Public Parking Lots

Parking Lot Address # Public Spaces Type Rate Time Limit Hours of Enforcement
City Hall Prince St. (behind City Auditorium) 21 Metered $0.50/hour 10 hours Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 7PM
Library Prince St. (behind Library) 9 Metered $0.50/hour 10 hours Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 7PM
Hills Ave. Hills Ave. (next to Hermano's) 19 Metered $0.50/hour 10 hours Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 7PM
Fayette St. Fayette St. (rear of 32-34 S. Main St.) 75 Metered $0.50/hour 10 hours Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 7PM
Storrs St. Storrs St., beneath Loudon Rd. 23 Free Free 10 hours Monday - Friday, 7AM-6PM
Canal St. 11-35 Canal St. (adjacent to Chief's Restaurant) 28 Free Free 2 hours / 10 hours Monday - Friday, 7AM-6PM
Boudreau Sq. 308 Village St. (next to Sam's Convenience Store) 8 Free Free 2 hours Monday - Friday, 7AM-6PM
Poulin Gazebo 3 Washington St. (Penacook) 7 Free Free 1 hour Monday - Friday, 7AM-6PM
McKee Sq. 84 South St. (next to bank) 8 Free Free 2 hours Monday - Friday, 7AM-6PM

HANDICAP PARKING: Effective July 1, 2018, time limits will be enforced at all public Handicap Parking Spaces (on-street, as well as municipal parking garages and lots) per RSA 265:74 and City Code of Ordinances 18-1-16.   

PARKING ENCUMBRANCE PERMITS:  Any person wishing to reserve a metered parking space, or time limited parking space, may do so by securing a parking encumbrance permit at a cost of $15.00 / parking space / day.  

Residents may apply for an encumbrance permit by clicking here.

RESIDENT PARKING: Residents of dwellings located on the following streets are eligible for permits: Essex Street (Center to Washington), Essex Street (Blanchard to Rowell), Blanchard Street (Rumford to Essex), Perry Avenue (Centre to Washington), Rowell Street (Essex to White). See attached map for eligible properties.  

Residents may apply for a Residential Parking Permit by clicking here.
Resident Parking


SUMMARY OF BASIC PARKING REGULATIONS

Vehicles parked as follows will be subject to a citation:

  1. On a sidewalk;
  2. In front of a public or private driveway;
  3. Within an intersection;
  4. Within five (5) feet or in front of a fire hydrant;
  5. On a crosswalk;
  6. Within 20 feet of a crosswalk;
  7. Within thirty (30) feet of any flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control device regulating movement of such vehicle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise;
  8. Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
  9. Along the side of or opposite any street or excavation or obstruction when such parking shall obstruct traffic;
  10. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of any street;
  11. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise;
  12. Within twenty (20) feet of an intersection as measured from intersecting curb lines, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise.

Parking Tickets:

Types of Citations:  The following is a list of traffic citations in Concord.

Description City Ordinance Fine After 10 Days After 20 Days
Against traffic 18-1-10 $25 $50 $100
Parking ban 18-1-22 $100 $200 $400
Blocking driveway 18-1-4 $25 $50 $100
No parking bus zone 18-1-9 $20 $40 $80
Too far from curb 18-1-10 $25 $50 $100
Double parking 18-1-10 $25 $50 $100
Encumbered meter (reserved space) 18-1-13 $15 $30 $60
Expired meter 18-3-8 $15 $30 $60
Emergency no parking 18-1-14 $25 $50 $100
Fire hydrant 18-1-20 $50 $100 $200
Fire lane 18-1-15 $50 $100 $200
Disabled access area 18-1-16.1 $100 $200 $200
Handicapped parking 18-1-16 $250 $250 $250
Hazardous District 18-1-21 $20 $40 $80
Head in only 18-3-7 $10 $20 $40
Hazardous zone 18-1-21 $20 $40 $80
Meter feeding - 1st offense 18-3-12 $20 $40 $80
Meter feeding - 2nd offense 18-3-12 $50 $100 $200
Within 20 ft. of intersection 18-1-20 $25 $50 $100
No parking zone 18-1-6 $20 $40 $80
Parked on crosswalk 18-1-20 $25 $50 $100
On-street 48 consecutive hours 18-1-11 $25 $50 $100
Resident permit 18-2-6 $15 $30 $60
Reserved space 18-1-13 $25 $50 $100
Parked on sidewalk 18-1-20 $25 $50 $100
Too close to intersection 18-1-20 $25 $50 $100
Within intersection 18-1-20 $25 $50 $100
Not within lines 18-3-7 $10 $20 $40
Overtime 20 min. zone 18-1-8 $15 $30 $60
Overtime 1 hr. zone 18-1-8 $15 $30 $60
Overtime 2 hr. zone 18-1-8 $15 $30 $60
Overtime 3 hr. zone 18-1-8 $15 $30 $60
Overtime 30 min. zone 18-1-8 $15 $30 $60
Other unlawful parking 18-1-11 $25 $50 $100

Paying a Parking Ticket: You may pay for a parking ticket using any of the following options. Be sure to include your ticket or ticket # when making payment.

On-Line: Pay your parking ticket online HERE.

By phone: 1-888-455-2792. 

US Mail: use envelope provided with your ticket. Checks must be payable to City of Concord.

In Person at Concord Police Station (35 Green Street, Concord NH 03301)

Cash;

Check (payable to City of Concord)

Credit card (subject to additional 2.79% transaction fee)

Appealing a Parking Ticket:  Appeals are handled by the Concord District Court. You must contact the Parking Division to have a hearing scheduled. Phone: 603-225-8640. Appeals cannot be made on citations that have been paid.

Parking Strategic Plan

The Parking Committee presented its final Strategic Plan to the City Council on November 13, 2017. The Strategic Plan included a variety of short and long-term recommendations to be implemented over the next several years. On December 11, 2017, the City Council approved several ordinances to begin implementation of parking reforms. Ordinances included changes to parking rates, hours of enforcement, citations, and resident permit parking near the UNH Law School. Financial components of the Strategic Plan will be brought forward as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget process.

Narrow Streets Study

In January 2017, the City’s Parking Committee initiated a comprehensive review of narrow streets generally located in Wards 4, 5, and 6 of the City.  These areas are to the north, south, and west of the downtown central business district.

The study was initiated in response to ongoing concerns from residents about the following issues associated with on-street parking on narrow roadways:

  • Public safety, emergency vehicle access, and response times;
  • Access to, and egress from, driveways;
  • Snow removal
  • Delivery of public services (trash, mail, school buses, etc.)

Working with the Parking Division, General Services Department, Community Development Department, as well as Police and Fire Departments, the Parking Committee studied approximately 143 narrow street segments in the study area.  See Map #1.

Using criteria set forth in the City’s Code of Ordinances Article 18-1-4, a narrow street is defined as any roadway whereby on-street parking would result in less than a 12’ wide lane for vehicular traffic.  Using these criteria, approximately 84 of the 143 street segments were classified as “narrow streets”.  See Map #2, and associated street listing.

In October 2018, the Parking Committee began hosting neighborhood forums to discuss narrow streets issues with the community.  To make the process easier for the community, the study area was divided into for “quadrants”.  See maps 3, 4, 5, and 6 for details.  The Parking Committee intends to hold a neighborhood forum for each quadrant.  The first forum was held on October 22, 2018 and focused on the UNH School of Law / White Park Neighborhood (a.k.a. Quadrant 3 of the Study Area).  Neighborhood forums for the three remaining quadrants are currently being planned.