Parking Meters - Hours of Operation
The City’s parking meters and pay to park kiosks are in operation Monday through Saturday, 8am-6pm, except Sundays and holidays. Single-space parking meters and multi-space pay kiosks accept US coins, pay kiosks also accept credit and debit cards. You may deposit enough money to legally park for up to the maximum number of hours permitted. The maximum number of hours permitted on a particular metered street and in each municipal parking lot is shown on the meters and pay kiosks. If more time is needed beyond the maximum permitted in a particular area, long-term parking can be found in the E.J. Gare parking garage and long-term lots.
Parking meters are free on Sundays and legal holidays - all other parking regulations remain in effect. It is important to note that this applies only to the day the actual holiday falls on, not to the day city offices may be closed in celebration of the holiday. For example, if Memorial Day is Saturday but offices are closed on Friday in recognition of the holiday, parking meters will be in operation on Friday but not Saturday, the day the actual holiday falls on. Holidays falling on Sunday are observed on Monday. Holidays falling on a Saturday are observed on Saturday.
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Patriots' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans' Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
In accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, Section 20A ½, you have 21 days following the date of issue to pay a Parking Violation. Payment may be returned by mail, on-line, by telephone or personally at the Parking Administration Office. The office accepts payment in cash, money order, *checks, credit and debit cards. If payment is not received within 21 days, an overdue notice is mailed to the registered owner with an additional late fee of $10.00.
Failure to pay within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket shall result in notification to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Upon such notification another penalty of $10 shall be added in addition to a Registry surcharge of $20. This will also result in the non-renewal of the license and/or registration of the registered owner.
*When you are marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for non-renewal you must pay all outstanding parking tickets with the City of Northampton in order to receive a Registry Release. Payment can be made in cash, money order, debit and credit card. Personal checks will not be accepted when a registry release is needed.
Parking Ticket Appeals
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, Section 20A ½ allows individuals to appeal unpaid parking tickets. All appeals must be received in writing within 21 days of the date of the ticket issuance. An appeal request may be submitted online, sent by mail or delivered in person to the Parking Administration Office.
Maintenance of the city's parking meters, parking lots, parking garage, on-street parking facilities, and additional responsibilities are handled by the Central Services Department. Malfunctioning meters should be reported to the meter repair hotline 413-587-1099.
There are over 1500 metered parking spaces available to the public in and surrounding the downtown area. This includes on-street parking, off-street municipal parking lots and two municipal parking garages the E.J. Gare Garage and Gothic Street Parking Structure. Public lots are a mix of short-term and long-term paid parking.
Short-term Lots - .75 per hour - Maximum of 3 hours
Masonic Street Lot
Armory Street Lot
*Strong Lot (Short-term portion of lot only)
Long-term Lots - .25 per hour
James House Lot
Old South Lot
*Strong Lot (Long-term portion of lot only)
Forbes Library Lot - .25 per hour
Combination of 2 hour (blue) and 4 hour (orange) meters
E.J. Gare - Centrally located on Hampton Avenue just a block off of Main Street this parking garage offers 400 public spaces. The cost is .75 per hour with the first hour free. *It is important to keep track of the entry ticket that is issued when you enter the garage. You will need this to pay and exit the garage. A non-refundable lost ticket fee of $20 is charged for a lost ticket.
Gothic Street Parking Structure - Centrally located just off of Main Street the lower level of this structure offers public parking during the evenings and all weekend long. The cost is .75 per hour with a pay kiosk centrally located on that level.