The City of Columbia Parking Services Department provides citizens, businesses and visitors with parking programs for on-street, garage and lot parking; enforcement of parking regulations; assistance with neighborhood parking problems; and works with the City's economic development offices to assist in providing parking for businesses.
The department has a Customer Service Office located at 820 Washington Street, directly across from Police Headquarters and Municipal Court. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions about parking, please call us at 545-4015. If you prefer, you can send an e-mail to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.
Below you will find the latest news about Parking Services, general information as well as links to our services.
The new 532-car City Center Garage is now open to the public.
Located at 1227 Taylor Street at the corner of Taylor and Sumter streets, the garage features a beautified pedestrian path to Main and Sumter streets.
Persons interested in monthly parking spaces should call 545-4015. Rates for the garage are $65 for unreserved spaces and $85 for reserved.
Constructed at the northwest corner of Sumter and Taylor streets by Contract Construction of Ballentine, the garage was designed by LS3P Architects.
The new 675-car Lincoln Street Parking Garage, located at the corner of Washington and Lincoln streets, is now open. Both reserved and unreserved spaces are available for monthly rental.
The garage also offers the first hour free to cash customers and a special evening maximum rate of $3. for anyone entering the garage after 5 p.m. and exiting before 2 a.m.
For questions about monthly parking, please contact the Customer Service Office of the Parking Services Department at 545-4015 or visit the office at 820 Washington Street from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Located in the Vista just south of the City's Police Headquarters and Municipal Court, the garage will also house customer service offices for parking programs.
The Lincoln Street Garage was designed by the LPA Group and Quackenbush Architects & Planners; and built by M.B. Kahn Construction.
The City currently operates nine garages representing over 3,400 spaces that service monthly, daily and special event customers.
Monthly garage rates vary while the daily maximum in each garage is $10.00. Parking Services also offers pre-paid validation stamps in $.50, $1.00 and $5.00 denominations. These postage-size, gum-backed stamps are accepted at all municipal garages and can be used instead of cash or checks.
For detailed information, see: Parking Facilities.
The City's Parking Enforcement Monitors strive to provide safe, equal parking opportunities through the enforcement of the various parking ordinances. These ordinances range from expired meter violations to No Parking Area, No Valid Permit, Blocking Driveway and Refeeding Meter violations along with several others. Current fines for parking citations range between $5.00 and $500.00.
Parking Enforcement Monitors also provide assistance to the general public by answering citizen or visitor questions while on patrol.
For detailed information, see: Parking Enforcement.
The City's Parking Meter inventory provides an efficient and economical means of generating turnover parking in business districts, parking districts and other areas of the City. The approximately 4,600 on-street meters demand an effective preventive maintenance plan, which includes constant upkeep, meter replacement and refurbishment.
Several garages are also equipped with parking meters: Taylor, Arsenal Hill, Washington and City Center. The meters in the City Center Garage take coins, SmartCards, tokens and Credit Cards.
For additional information, see SmartCards & Tokens.