Town Parking Guide
A Parking Guide has been prepared to assist in locating public parking in downtown Bel Air. Metered parking is available on downtown streets, various public lots and in the Hickory Avenue parking garage.  Parking at meters in Downtown Bel Air is FREE after 5 pm, weekends and holidays.  The Town encourages visitors to take advantage of free parking for the first fifteen minutes at any metered space during the weekdays to dash into a store for a quick pick-up or delivery. To enable the feature, press the button on the meter to indicate which side your vehicle is parked on.  Parking is convenient to the many shops and restaurants that line Main Street and the Bond Street.  Also, free parking is available at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning and many other weekend attractions in downtown Bel Air.

Lease Parking Program 
The Town of Bel Air operates three public parking lots and a garage in the Town Center.  Spaces may be leased on a monthly basis at each location.  
  • Bond/Thomas Parking lot $50/sp, $45/sp (3-10 sp), $30/sp (11 plus)
  • Lee Street Parking lot  $50/sp, $45/sp (3-10 sp), $30/sp (11 plus)
  • Hickory Ave Parking Garage $50/sp, $45/sp (3-10 sp), $30/sp (11 plus)
  • The Hickory Parking lot $45/sp, $30/sp (3-7 sp), $25/sp (8 plus)
For more information about permit parking, view the Parking Guide
Parking Vouchers
For persons coming to the Town Center occasionally, a discounted voucher program is available which allows visitors or part-time employees to park all day in the Hickory Ave Garage for $3 per day. Vouchers are sold in a book of five for $15.  For more information, contact the Planning Department at 410-879-9500 or the Finance Department at 410-638-4555.  Vouchers can also be used at the following meter locations: Lee Street (between Main and Bond Streets); Alice Anne Street (between Bond and Williams Streets); and the Hickory Parking lot (adjacent the library).

The SmartCard - A Brand New Way to Park
Use a SmartCard instead of coins and pay for only the amount of time you use.  Electronic parking meters have been located in the Hickory Ave Parking Garage, along Main Street, Lee Street, and the Bond/Thomas Parking Lot.  Buy the Smartcard at the Town Finance Office at 39 N. Hickory Avenue, or call 410-638-4555 for more information.

The Town Center Parking Study
In 2007, the Town commissioned an assessment of the supply and demand for parking within 21 city blocks of the historic commercial district in the downtown area. This study reviewed the scope of the present supply of parking throughout Town Center and documented the utilization of parking during the peak hours.  The study also analyzed information pertaining to planned projects and the impact on the supply of parking in downtown.  Recommendations include a site for the development of a new parking garage with conceptual design schemes and cost estimates. View the Town Center Parking Study.

Bel Air Parking Plan

This strategic plan established a goal to enhance the local business climate and evaluate and manage current and future parking needs.  It is a result of the need to implement some of the objectives of the previous Town Center Parking Study.  It is a formal work plan to implement identified solutions, establish responsibility and institute timing for implementation.

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  1. Kevin Small
    Director of Planning

    705 E. Churchville Road
    Bel Air, MD 21014
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