Parking Lots & Permits

E. John Gare Parking GarageE. John Gare Parking Garage

The garage is located at the end of Armory Street, which can be reached via Pleasant Street or Hampton Avenue. The garage has a capacity of more than 430 vehicles on four levels of clean and safe parking. There is a convenient covered walkway from the Parking Garage to Thornes Marketplace on the second level. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day. The first hour is free, and parking is $0.50 an hour after that.  *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

Located directly across from the Hampshire County Courthouse the Gothic St parking structure is open for public parking after 5pm on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends.  The cost is $0.75 per hour, a pay station is located inside the structure where pay to park tags are purchased.  As with other pay to park tags, please display the tag face up on the vehicle dash.      

Municipal Parking Lots

City parking lots are equipped with pay-and-display machines. When you park in one of the city lots, look for the nearest green pay station (currently only coins are accepted at pay stations).  Place the correct amount of coins in the pay station and press the print button to obtain a timed pay to park tag. Then return to your car and place the timed pay to park tag face up on the driver's side dashboard. Please make sure the pay to park tag is face up before you leave your vehicle.  Depending on how much time you will be in the downtown area, short-term (2 hours maximum) and long-term lots are available for your use. Long-term lots are the and the parking garage are the best options if you are unsure how long you will be in town (you may want to build in a little extra time for running into friends on Main Street or stopping for a cappuccino).  

Free Commuter Parking

There is a free commuter parking lot at Sheldon Field, off of Bridge Street, available and convenient for people carpooling or commuting via the PVTA over the Coolidge Bridge. There is also a small parking lot owned by the Commonwealth by the entrance to the Norwottuck Rail Trail on Damon Road for use of the Rail Trail.

Downtown Parking

Downtown Northampton has on-street parking meters and pay stations. Metered parking in city lots and on city streets is enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays and Holidays.   



Parking Administration

Wallace Pulchalski Municipal Building
212 Main Street, Room 305
Northampton, MA 01060


Parking Permits

Monthly parking permits are available for the E.J. Gare Parking Garage and long-term parking lots on a   first-come, first-served basis. Permits may be purchased at the Parking Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
  • Long-Term: $45 per month - Permits are good for parking in designated long-term parking lots  and at 10-hour meters. 
  • E.J. Gare Parking Garage: $90 per month - Good for parking within the E.J. Gare Parking Garage. There is currently a waiting list for this type of permit.  Contact the Parking Office to be placed on the wait list. 
  • Parking Garage Permit Online Renewal