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. 
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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.  These meters were purchased at a cost of $21,000 but they were not installed until after the holiday shopping season that year.  The Chamber of Commerce petitioned for the right to place nickels in the meters but Council denied this later that year. 
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. 
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. 
The following spots are managed by the private Charlottesville Parking Center
- Market Street Parking Garage - 500 spaces (450 public)
- Water Street Parking Garage - 1019 (843 public)
- Water Street Parking Lot
- City Market lot
- Web. Albemarle Supervisors still open to moving courts from Charlottesville, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 4, 2014, retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 8, 1953.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, November 16, 1953.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, December 7, 1953.
- Web. Council modifies downtown parking; keeps 2 hour spots, Fania Gordon, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Web. Downtown group asks council to charge for on-street parking, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2014, retrieved December 8, 2014.