Parking Downtown

To make parking easier and more affordable for everyone, we encourage you to park in one of our many downtown parking structures.

Effective Oct. 1, 2020: All Parking Garages
First two hours free
$0.75 per hour afterward

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Monthly parking garage passes

Metered Parking

Metered parking on the street and in surface parking lots is always free until 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, all day Sunday and all day during civic holidays.
Five metered surface parking lots in the downtown offer parking from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Prices vary depending upon location.
Parking permit tags are available at the Treasurer’s Office in City Hall.

Free Handicapped Parking

Free parking is provided only to vehicles displaying a disability placard with a yellow free-parking sticker. The requirements for obtaining a free-parking sticker are more narrowly defined than for a disability license plate or placard. To obtain a free-parking sticker, you must have your physician, chiropractor, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant complete part 3 of the parking placard application form. You must have a disability placard with a yellow free-parking sticker on it to park free. A disability license plate does not authorize free parking. Privately owned parking lots and garages are not obligated to provide free parking.

To complete an application for a yellow free-parking sticker, visit the State of Michigan Secretary of State Website.


Downtown Royal Oak's traditional downtown layout is ideal for walking and biking. Relying more on bicycles and walking, where possible, reduces parking demands, traffic congestion, and is environmentally friendly. Downtown Royal Oak is an extremely walkable place. With over 5.3 miles of sidewalks, frequent pedestrian crossings, and a densely built environment, it is referred to as a walker's paradise. Downtown's walkability score is so incredibly high, that daily errands do not require a car. 


With a shared bike lane going north to south on Washington Avenue, a high frequency of bike racks, and brand new wayfinding signage, Downtown Royal Oak can easily accommodate bicycle transit.