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New Parking Rules 2013                                                    

PORTSMOUTH, NH - New parking rules going into effect will increase convenience for those visiting downtown Portsmouth and reduce the cost for those who use the High-Hanover Parking Facility where parking will be free for the  first hour for everyone and all day Sundays for residents.

Portsmouth residents need only show a driver’s license at the exit booths of the parking facility at 34 Hanover Street to prove they are the owner or operator of the vehicle in order to receive free Sunday parking. On other days, the first hour is free for all and 75 cents per hour for any additional time.

Several downtown merchants also belong to the Downtown Parking Validation Program which allows them to provide customers with up to four hours of free parking at the High-Hanover Facility. Participating merchants display a blue sticker with letter “P” in their storefront windows; a list is available online on the city’s website at Click here.

New parking rules include new time limits extending the period that a vehicle can remain in metered spots along the street or in a parking lot from two to three hours.  However, per-hour costs will increase from $1 to $1.50 per hour on streets in the High Occupancy Parking Zone.  Those streets are listed below:

  • Daniel Street, starting at Chapel Street through to Market Square;
  • Bow Street, starting at Chapel Street through to Market Street;
  • Congress Street, starting at Market Square through to Chestnut Street;
  • Pleasant Street, starting from Court Street through to Market Square; and
  • Market Street, starting from Moffatt-Ladd House through to Market Square.

All of the changes become effective at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, at the conclusion of the traditional free holiday parking period downtown that began Dec. 14  

            A map of the High Occupancy Parking Zone is available (click here) and a new website lists all the parking places in downtown Portsmouth (parkportsmouth.com).

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 Parking Clerk's Office, City of Portsmouth, 1 Junkins Ave. Portsmouth, NH-03801: Tel: (603) 610 - 7229