Parking Regulations

The City of Atlanta parking regulations help maximize available parking, maintain traffic flow and enhance public safety. These regulations complement the City's commitment to promote a quality living environment for residents and visitors. Parking regulations will be enforced by trained personnel commissioned by the City to apply the law uniformly and to treat all people respectfully. Motorists can expect fair, uniform enforcement and courteous treatment and service from all enforcement and customer service personnel associated with the PARKatlanta program.

For a complete list of City of Atlanta Ordinances, visit AtlantaGa.gov.


Parking Zones

Parking zones throughout the city are indicated using signs and meter decals/rate placards designating the posted time restriction. The following list includes parking zones and the corresponding rules specific to each zone.

30 minute, 1-Hour, 2-Hour, 3-Hour and 4-Hour Time Limit Parking Zones

Time limit parking zones are designated by signs. Time limited parking zones are in effect Monday through Saturday, 24 hours per day. Sundays and City holidays are exempt unless otherwise posted.

Meter Enforcement Zones

Metered and time-limited parking regulations are enforced from zones, excluding City holidays. Holidays include: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day / Day After, and Christmas Day.

New parking meter enforcement times are established as follows:

Business/Government zone:

  • Monday through Saturday, 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Parking time limit is two hours

Mixed Use zone:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
  • Parking time limit is three hours

School/University zone:

  • Monday through Saturday , 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Parking time limit is three hours

Entertainment/Restaurant/Hospital zones:

  • Monday through Saturday, 7 A.M. to 10 P.M.
  • Parking time limit is four hours

No Parking/No Stopping Zones (Yellow Color Curb Marking)

A yellow curb means, "no stopping any time." When signs are used in place of a yellow curb, the prohibition is in effect on the days and times specified on the sign.

Passenger Loading Zones

Vehicles are allowed to stop for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers.

Commercial Loading Zones (Orange Color Curb Marking)

Trucks and commercial vehicles are permitted to load or unload goods with a special permit issued by the Office of Transportation. Commercial loading zones are in effect between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Sundays and City holidays are exempt unless otherwise posted. Commercial loading zones are indicated by signs.

Disabled Persons Parking Spaces (Blue Color Logo in Stall)

Vehicles displaying a distinguishing placard or license plate issued to disabled persons by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles may park in this zone. Out of state and/or out of country placards are also honored.

Short-Term Time Limit Parking Zones

Vehicles displaying a distinguishing placard or license plate issued by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles may park in designated spaces. Out of state and/or out of country placards are also honored. People with disabilities are not exempt from paying the prevalent parking rate; however they are exempt from posted time restrictions.


Listing of Regulations

Sec. 150-88. Moving, impoundment of vehicles; sale of impounded vehicles.

c) Impoundment. Any police officer may remove or cause to be removed to the nearest vehicle pound or other place of safety any vehicle found upon a highway when: 6) The vehicle is immobilized through the use of a vehicle immobilization device as defined at section 162-251 of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances, and all associated tickets, fees and fines have not been paid in full to the City of Atlanta within 24 hours of immobilization.
(h) Immobilization of vehicles. Any sworn police officer or parking enforcement officer may cause a vehicle to be immobilized if the vehicle has been issued a minimum of three unsatisfied delinquent parking tickets. The charge for the immobilization of vehicles under this section shall not exceed $50.00 per day for the removal of the vehicle immobilization device or devices. Neither the city nor its parking management service shall have liability for any damage, vandalism or theft of any immobilized vehicles.


Sec. 150-94. All-night parking.

No person shall park a vehicle, except an authorized emergency vehicle, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day on any street within the area bounded by Baker Street on the north, Ivy Street and Central Avenue on the east, Mitchell Street on the south and Spring Street on the west, including the boundary streets.


Sec. 150-95. Parking in business district and certain other areas.

(a) Time limits in business district. Parking shall not be permitted in any business district, including the central traffic district, longer than two hours between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and may be limited to a shorter period when appropriate signs are posted.
(b) Use of city agency or board of education parking lots. No person shall park a vehicle of any description in any parking lot operated and maintained by any city agency or by the board of education, except those having official business with the city or board of education and only in places therein and for the time designated by markings therein.
(c) Public pay parking in parking lots of city departments. Whenever the mayor and council have approved for public pay parking any parking lot operated and maintained by a city department, the lot may be used for that purpose when not required for normal city operations. The fees charged and the method of operation shall be determined by the department responsible for the lot.
d) MARTA parking lots. No person shall park a vehicle of any description in any parking lot operated and maintained by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, except patrons while using the transit facility and employees and only in places therein and for time designated by markings therein.


Sec. 150-113. Stopping, standing or parking in passenger curb loading zone

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose or period of time, other than for the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers, or passengers and drivers for the provision of off-street attendant parking services as defined and regulated by sections 150-120 through 150-131 in any place marked as a passenger curb loading zone during hours when the regulations applicable to that curb loading zone are effective.


Sec. 150-133. Overtime parking

(a) No person shall park any motor vehicle in any area where a parking meter is installed for a longer period of time than has been paid for or the maximum time indicated for the area by an appropriate sign.
(b) When a violation as described in subsection (a) above occurs, a citation for overtime parking shall be issued and a fine of $35.00 shall be imposed.
(c) If the mandatory $35.00 fine set out in subsection (b) above is not paid in full within 14 days of the issuance of the citation, the fine shall increase from $35.00 to $70.00.
(d) If the $70.00 fine set out in subsection (c) above is not paid in full within 45 days of the issuance of the citation, the fine shall increase from $70.00 to $95.00.
(e) Should the violator elect to appeal the issuance of the citation described herein to the municipal court, the municipal court, pursuant to the provisions of section 1-8 of the Code of Ordinances, is authorized to impose a civil monetary penalty against persons who violate this section in an amount not to exceed $1,000.00 for each such violation. Upon the proper filing of an appeal within 14 days of the issuance of the citation, the late fees described in subsections (c) and (d) above will be suspended.

(Code 1977, § 13-2250; Ord. No. 2010-28(10-O-1178), § 3, 6-30-10; Ord. No. 2012-31(12-O-0497), § 1, 6-27-12)