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.

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 Available Permit Lot 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.

There are “Permit Parking Allowed Monday-Friday 8 AM-6 PM” signs on some meter posts. Is parking at the meters with a permit allowed on Saturdays?

No. The “Permit Parking Allowed Monday-Friday 8 AM-6 PM” signs are posted on meters in designated overflow lots. The purpose of Monday-Friday is for overflow parking. Parking by permit is not allowed at these meters on Saturdays. You must park in a regular permit lot.

“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.


What is a waitlist?

The waitlist is implemented when the permits or bile 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.