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Parking in Decatur – So Easy!

Downtown Decatur’s solar-powered pay stations and single meters make paying for on-street parking more convenient. They’re easy to use and provide you with several payment options. 

Pay stations and meters accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit or debit cards, as well as good old-fashioned nickels, dimes and quarters, and dollar coins, too. Pay-by-cell accounts are also an option.

Visit the Park Mobile website at to set up a pay-by-cell account.

“Pay Here” signs with directional arrows on each block direct you to the nearest pay station. You can pay for on-street parking at any of the pay stations regardless of location. All you need to do is remember your license tag number and enter it at the machine.

A limited number of blocks continue to use single space meters but offer the same flexible payment options.

Two Hour Parking Limits Still Apply
Need more than two hours? Choose one of the many downtown parking decks identified with a “P” for a cost effective option.

Parking Basics

Parking-in-Decatur-mapDowntown Decatur parking is plentiful, convenient and affordable! There are 300 metered spaces, 2,200 deck and lot spaces, and private spaces located conveniently in front of many of Decatur's fine merchants.

Why parking meters? Parking meters are not intended to provide a source of revenue for the City of Decatur. Instead, parking meters are a form of parking management that discourages long-term use of the most convenient on-street parking by downtown employees and MARTA patrons and helps ensure that these most desirable spaces are available for our retail and restaurant customers. A two-hour parking limit is enforced from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

PALS Program

What does PALS stand for? PALS is an acronym for Parking, Assistance, Liaison with Merchants and Safety. While our downtown PALS staff is responsible for writing parking tickets, one of their primary responsibilities is to serve as ambassadors for the City of Decatur. PALS are responsible for writing parking tickets in metered parking spaces, on-street loading zones, fire lanes and handicapped parking areas in the downtown Decatur business district. In addition, PALS carry with them retail directories to hand out to visitors seeking directions. For a printed copy of the information and map shown here, contact the Decatur Downtown Development Authority at 404-371-8386, or Also available is the Shopping, Dining and Services Guide, a complete listing of restaurants and specialty shops in our Oakhurst and Downtown business districts. Find more maps and information in the Getting Around section of this website.

Free Validated Parking!

Many of our retail and restaurant operators offer free validated parking in nearby decks. Be sure to ask if validated parking is provided.

Metered Parking Rates

parking meter

Metered parking has a two hour time limit, enforced Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

$0.25 = 5 Minutes

$0.50 = 10 Minutes

$0.75 = 15 Minutes

$1.00 = 20 Minutes

$3.00 = 1 Hour



Parking Decks and Lots

335 Condominium 
335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 
Parking available for 335 West Ponce shop patrons only

The Artisan 

Entrance at 1179 Commerce Dr.
First 1/2 hr.: $1
1 hr.: $2
1.5 hrs.: $3
2 hrs.: $4
2.5 hrs.: $5
3 hrs.: $7 
3-5 hrs.: $9
5-24 hrs.: $11

Church Street Parking Lot 
320 Church St. 
Weekday business rate (6 a.m.-5 p.m.) 0-30 minutes: $3
Weekday business rate (6 a.m.-5 p.m.) 30 minutes-3 hours: $10
After hours / Weekend rate 0-2 hours: $6
After hours / Weekend rate 2-4 hours: $10
After hours / Weekend rate 4-10 hours: $15

Commerce St. Parking Lot
At the corner of Commerce and Church Streets
$3 cash only

DeKalb County Courthouse Deck 
West Trinity Place at Commerce Drive
Entrance mid-block on West Trinity Place
$6 all day, every day
No free parking

L. Benchmark South Lot

120 E. Trinity Pl. (corner of Trinity Pl. and Church St.)
$10 cash only

M. Benchmark North Lot
120 E. Trinity Pl. (next to Big Peach and Trinity Mercantile)
$6 cash only

Marriott Courtyard / Conference Center Lot 
130 Clairemont Ave.
11-30 min.: $1
31-60 min.: $2
61-90 min.: $3
90 min-12 hrs.: $4
Max Daily Rate: $8
Overnight: $12
Lost ticket: $15

North McDonough Street Parking Lot
433 N. McDonough St.
6 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 hour: $8
6 a.m.-4 p.m., 2-8 hours: $10
After 5 p.m. & Saturdays: $10
Sundays all day: $5

One West Court Square 
158 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Entrance on Swanton Way
20 minutes: $1
21-40 minutes: $2
41-60 minutes: $3
61-80 minutes: $4
Daily maximum: $10
Lost ticket: $15 

The Place on Ponce
315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
$1 every 30 min.
$6 daily max

Town Center Deck
Entrance at 546 Church St.
First 1/2 hr.: $2
1 hr.: $4
1.5 hrs.: $6
2 hrs.: $8 
Daily maximum: $10

Decatur Renaissance Deck / Commerce Plaza / Wells Fargo
50 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. / 755 Commerce Dr.
Entrance on N. Candler St. and East Ponce de Leon Ave.
0-10 min.: Free
11-30 min.: $2
31-60 min.: $4
61-90 min.: $6
91-120 min.: $8
Daily maximum: $10
Lost ticket fee: $15


Parking Ticket Fines and Procedures


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