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On-Street Parking
In general, parking non-commercial vehicles on City streets is unrestricted unless otherwise prohibited by signs. However, a legally parked vehicle or trailer cannot be left in the same specific location for more than ten days without being moved.

Resident Only On-Street Parking
Some streets are designated as “Resident Parking Only”. Vehicles owners who reside in resident only parking areas may obtain a resident parking permit at Police Headquarters during normal business hours. Applicants are required to show the vehicle registration and proof of address. Residents may also obtain temporary parking permits for guests.

Resident Only VRE Parking
The train station parking lot between Sophia and Caroline is reserved for City residents. Resident stickers may be obtained from the City Treasurer’s Office.

UWM Student On-Street Parking
There are parking restrictions for UMW students and staff on the residential streets adjoining the University of Mary Washington. UMW students and staff may obtain the appropriate permits from the University.

Princess Anne Building Parking Lot
The lot behind 904 Princess Anne Street, accessible from Princess Anne and Charles Streets, is available from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and around the clock on weekends. Complimentary parking is provided on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of parking will be $1 per hour and will be administered through a “Pay on Foot Station” located in the lot which can accept cash, credit cards and some debit cards. The pay station offers prompts to register parking by numbered spaces in the lot. Credit card payers can set a cell phone reminder for a time extension option.

Parking Garage
The Sophia Street Parking Garage located at the corner of Sophia and Wolfe Street, provides 297 parking spaces in historic downtown Fredericksburg. It is within easy walking distance of key downtown points such as the train station, visitor’s center, and courts.

Free Parking Lots
  • 400 block Sophia Street
  • Intersection of Sophia Street and Charlotte Street
  • 700 block Sophia Street
  • 800 - 900 blocks Sophia Street
  • 1000 block Sophia Street

Downtown Parking Map

Illegally Parked Vehicles
Illegally parked vehicles that present a hazard or impede traffic are subject to immediate towing. Illegally parked vehicles that do not present a hazard or impede the flow of traffic are subject to being towed after 4 days.

Parking Enforcement
In July 2007, the Fredericksburg Police Department implemented technology called autoChalk to encourage residents and visitors to obey the time-zone parking restrictions in the downtown district.

If you have a specific question about parking ordinances, please contact the Police Department.