Downtown & City Parking Information


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.

  • residents Monday - Friday between 5AM - 8AM
  • 1000 block Sophia Street

904 Princess Anne Street Parking Lot

Accessible from Princess Anne Street or Charles Street

Free parking Monday- Friday 6pm- 6am

Free parking 24 hours during the weekends

1016 Charles Street Parking Lot 

Side 1 (29 spaces)

Accessible from Charles Street or Amelia Street

Free parking

Restrictions: 2 hour parking Monday- Saturday 9a-5pm

Side 2 (17 spaces)

Accessible from Charles Street or Amelia Street

Free parking

Restrictions: No public parking Monday- Friday 2am-6pm

Signs on lot show details of restrictions

410 William Street

Accessible from William Street, behind Virginia Partners Bank

Free parking

Restrictions:

Lot closed to the public during bank hours:

Monday- Friday 8am- 5pm

Saturday 8am- 12pm

400-Block Sophia Street Parking Lot

Free parking

Restrictions: City Residents only Monday- Friday 5am- 6pm

Parking Lot/ Intersection of Sophia and Charlotte Street

Free parking

No restrictions

600 Sophia Street Parking Garage

Paid parking; First 3 hours free

700-Block Sophia Street Parking Lot

Free parking

Restrictions: City Residents only Monday- Friday 5am- 8am

800 and 900-Block Sophia Street Parking Lot

Free parking

Restrictions: City Residents only Monday- Friday 5am- 8am

1000-Block Sophia Street Parking Lot

Free parking

Restrictions: May not park in the lot more than 48 hours

620 William Street

Free Parking

No restrictions

Downtown Parking Map (PDF)

Resident Permit On-Street Parking

On street parking on some streets in the City is designated as "Resident Permit Parking Only". Blocks of streets already designated as "Resident Permit Parking Onlyare signed accordingly. Residents of those blocks 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.

Certain streets not yet designated for "Resident Permit Parking Only" are eligible for the designation. The list of those streets may be found in 58-203–B of the City Code. Property owners on these streets may petition for the "Resident Permit Parking Only" designation on their street. The process is outlined in  58-204-B of the City Code. For additional information or clarification, please contact the Public Works Department at 372-1023 or email Public Works .

UMW 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.

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.