Parking Lots & Passes

E. John Gare Parking GarageE. John Gare Parking Garage
The garage is located at the end of Armory Street, which can be reached via Pleasant Street or Hampton Avenue. The garage has a capacity of more than 430 vehicles on four levels of clean and safe parking. There is a convenient covered walkway from the Parking Garage to Thornes Marketplace on the second level. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day. The first hour is free, and parking is $0.50 an hour after that.

Municipal Parking Lots
City parking lots are equipped with pay-and-display ticket machines instead of traditional parking meters. When you park in one of the city lots, look for the nearest coin-operated yellow ticket dispenser.  Then return to your car and place the timed ticket face up on the driver's side dashboard. Depending on how much time you will be in the downtown area short-term (2 hours maximum) and long-term lots are available for your use. Long-term lots are the best option if you are unsure how long you will be in town (you may want to build in a little extra time for running into old friends on Main Street or stopping for a cappuccino).  

Free Commuter Parking

There is a free commuter parking lot at Sheldon Field, off of Bridge Street, available and convenient for people carpooling or commuting via the PVTA over the Coolidge Bridge. There is a small parking lot owned by the Commonwealth by the entrance to the Norwottuck Rail Trail on Damon Road for use of the Rail Trail.

Downtown Parking
Downtown Northampton has on-street parking meters and pay kiosks. Parking meters in city lots and on city streets are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays and Holidays.   
Monthly Passes
Monthly parking permits are available for the E.J. Gare Parking Garage and long-term parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits may be purchased at the Parking Clerk's Office:

Municipal Building
212 Main St., Room 305
Northampton, MA 01060

Permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking Permits
  • Long-Term: $45 per month - Good for parking in designated long-term parking lots and at designated 10-hour meters (Red Tops)
  • E.J. Gare Parking Garage: $90 per month - Good for parking within the E.J. Gare Parking Garage. There is currently a waiting list for this type of permit.
  • Parking Garage Permit Online Renewal