Parking downtown is easier than ever. If you’re looking for the added convenience of downtown parking, consider purchasing a parking permit. Purchasing a permit takes less than 5 minutes in person or online. If you are purchasing 4 or more permits, please give advance notice by calling (231) 922-0241 or emailing us at An employee will be available to assist you in person or by phone 7 AM-10 PM Monday through Saturday and 8 AM-6 PM on Sundays.

Permits are valid in designated permit lots Monday-Friday 7 AM-4 PM and overnight. 

Garage Permits

  • Valid for Larry C. Hardy and Old Town Parking Garage
  • You may purchase up to 12 months at a time.
  • Permits are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another parker.
  • Garage permits are not valid in surface lots.

Downtown Surface Lots

  • Valid for surface lots P, T and V.
  • You may purchase up to 12 months at a time.
  • Permits are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another parker.

A waitlist is implemented when permit sale thresholds are reached. Click here to add yourself to the waitlist or check your current position on the waitlist.

Visit the Parking Rates page for more information on permits rates.

Purchasing a Parking Permit

Before purchasing a parking permit we suggest reviewing our current parking policy and Parking Permit Map.

You can also download the forms below and email to our office so we can expedite your permit purchase:

For Parking Related Questions, please contact us.


Where can I park with my surface permit?

Your surface permit is honored in any of our designated surface permit lots.

I have a garage permit. Where can I park?

Your garage permit is honored in either the Old Town or Hardy parking garages.

Do I have to display my permit when I park?

Yes. Your permit must be displayed at all times when parking in the surface lots and in the parking garages. Please ensure your permit number is facing your windshield.

Do you offer discount rates on permits, or discounts for buying multiple permits?

Unfortunately, a discount is not available for permits. Permits are sold monthly, and you may purchase up to 12 months at a time.

I purchased an annual permit, and will not need it over the summer. Do you offer refunds?

No. Permits are non-refundable. You can transfer them to another individual.

I lost my electronic access card (prox) to access the garage. How do I obtain a new one?

The replacement cost of a proximity card is the same as the purchase cost. You will need to purchase the card at our office.

What hours are permit lots enforced?

Permit lots are enforced Monday-Friday 7 AM-4 PM.  These lots are open to the public after 4pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

“Parking by Permit Mon-Fri 7 AM-4 PM” Do I have to pay?

If you are parking after 4 PM Monday-Friday or anytime on the weekends, you do not need to pay and may park in these lots for FREE.

My permit or bike locker has expired, do you give a grace period?

Grace periods are not offered for permits or bike lockers. You will need to renew prior to or on the date of expiration. If your permit has expired, you permits or bike locker are restricted to a waitlist, you will forfeit your renewal eligibility.


What is a waitlist?

The waitlist is implemented when the permits or bike locker sale thresholds are reached. Any individual who would like to be considered once space is available is encouraged to add themselves to the list.

How is the waitlist managed?

Sign-up is based on request date and space is awarded based on the oldest request date.

Is the waitlist available in the Parking Portal?

Yes, you can add yourself to the waitlist, view your position and cancel you request on the portal.

Will I be notified when a space is available?

Yes, we will notify you through the email on your account as this is the fastest communication method. Be sure to mark emails from as “safe” to avoid being sent to spam.

You will have 14 days from the award date to respond and purchase your permit or bike locker. Failure to respond within the award period will result in forfeiting your waitlist position, and you will need to be re-added to the waitlist.