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Parking is a perennial topic of discussion in downtown Charlottesville. For instance, one reason Albemarle County is considering moving its court system out of downtown is a perceived lack of parking. [1]

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Council approved parking meters in the city-owned parking lots on High Street, Water Street, Seventh Street, and Williams Street on September 8, 1953. Meters were also approved for Jefferson Street with a two-hour limit. [2]


A 2008 parking study found that downtown Charlottesville has about 6,000 parking spaces. 5,000 are off-street and 1,000 are on-street. Council opted not to create a new system of zones in February 2009. [3]

In 2014, the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville asked City Council to consider charging for on-street parking. Mayor Satyendra Huja called for a parking management study to be created within sixty days. [4]


The following spots are managed by the private Charlottesville Parking Center


  1. Web. Albemarle Supervisors still open to moving courts from Charlottesville, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 4, 2014, retrieved June 19, 2014.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 8, 1953.
  3. Web. Council modifies downtown parking; keeps 2 hour spots, Fania Gordon, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved June 19, 2014.
  4. Web. Downtown group asks council to charge for on-street parking, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2014, retrieved December 8, 2014.