Downtown Parking

Our goal is to make downtown overnight parking as convenient as possible for both residents and visitors. To purchase a permit or ask any questions, please visit the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have an after-hours question, please contact Ottawa Central Dispatch at 616-994-7850 and ask for an officer to contact you.

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Resident Parking Registration

Resident parking permits are only available to long-term downtown residents for $120.00 per year or $10.00 per month (pro- rated). Residents may obtain either a resident parking permit or a transferable parking permit.

  1. Downtown overnight parking registration must be completed at the City of Grand Haven Clerk/Treasurer’s Office located at 519 Washington Avenue.
  2. New applicants must provide:
    • Proof of vehicle registration.
    • Proof of residence in downtown district.
    • Contact number for landlord, if applicable.
  3. The residential permit shall be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle.
    • This permit is non-transferrable.
    • This permit is valid only for the calendar year of the permit.
  4. The transferable permit shall be hung from the rearview mirror of your vehicle.
    • This permit may be transferred by its owner only.
    • This permit is valid until the date specified on the permit.
  5. Additional information:
    • One permit per residential unit. Additional permits may be obtained upon special request (maximum two per unit).

Temporary Resident Parking Registration

Temporary resident permits are only available to downtown residents,  short-term renters and building owners for $20.00 per month.

  1. Downtown overnight parking registration must be completed at the City of Grand Haven Clerk/Treasurer’s Office located at 519 Washington Avenue.
  2. New applicants must provide:
    • Proof of vehicle registration.
    • Proof of residence in downtown district.
    • Contact number for landlord, if applicable.
  3. The permit shall be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle.
    • This permit is non-transferrable.
    • This permit is valid until the date specified on the the permit.

Visitor Parking Registration

Overnight visitors may obtain an overnight permit from the kiosk located at the corner of First and Franklin for $5.00 per day.

  1. Overnight parking permits are available to everyone.
  2. Parking station permits expire daily at 9:00 a.m.
    • Permits shall be displayed on the dashboard.
    • Permits shall be displayed with the expiration date clearly visible.

Downtown Public Parking Areas

Overnight permit holders (residents and visitors) are generally encouraged to park in the eastern most sections of the downtown parking lots.

Enforcement & Parking Availability

  1. The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety is responsible for enforcing these rules and regulations.*Available parking is not guaranteed.
    • All enforcement inquiries must be directed to the Public Safety Department at 525 Washington or by telephone at 616-842-3460.
    • Vehicles may be ticketed and towed for non-compliance with parking restrictions.
    • In addition, any motor vehicle remaining in a parking space for 72 continuous hours may be deemed abandoned and is subject to impoundment pursuant to the City of Grand Haven Code of Ordinances.*
    • The City of Grand Haven may deny renewal of a permit to an applicant for non-compliance with the provisions of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Grand Haven.
  2. Available parking is not guaranteed.

Permit Questions?
616-842-3210

Enforcement & Citation Concerns?
8:00 am – 5:00 pm: 616-842-3460
After Hours, Weekends, Holidays: 616-994-7850

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