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Free Saturday On-Street Parking this July!

On-street metered parking will be FREE on Saturdays in Downtown Chapel Hill during the month of July. 

How will you know? About 200 parking meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy Downtown Chapel Hill.  Remember that the usual two-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect. And parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. 

Responding to concerns expressed by businesses and other stakeholders about parking availability, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have worked together to design and propose the pilot program. 

Parking Perks in Downtown Chapel Hill 

  1. New! Free on-street metered parking on Saturdays in July
  2. Did we mention FREE? Free parking after 6 p.m. at all on-street meters and after 8 p.m. at off-street metered locations
  3. Easier to pay! No change, no problem – Credit Cards accepted and Pay-by-Phone!
  4. Looking for short-term parking? On-street spaces good for 30 minutes up to 2 hours
  5. Inexpensive! An hour of parking costs less than a cup of coffee!! 
  6. Prefer valet? 18 businesses participate in FREE valet parking 
  7. Parking is friendly! Chapel Hill has issued over 26,400 “courtesy” tickets to first-time violators of expired meters.“Hey, we don’t like to give tickets!”