Parking rates, metered parking zones, and parking enforcement hours are all set by City ordinance. Rates, hours of enforcement, and duration vary by zone and can be different on different sections of the same roadway. Residents and visitors should always check the nearest signs, decals and stickers on parking meters and kiosks, and information in the Passport Parking App to ensure they are aware of this information. If you have questions or are notice conflicting information, calll the Traffic and Parking Department at 978-745-8120.
On-street metered parking is intended for shorter durations of 2 or 4 hours, whereas the City's garages and some off-street lots offer longer-term parking. The MBTA parking garage is also located at the northern end of downtown Salem.
The City of Salem offers some monthly, annual, and employee parking passes for the City-owned garages and Riley Plaza. These passes do not reserve a specific space but rather give the holder a discounted rate to park in these locations if a space is available. If you are interested in purchasing a pass, please call the parking office at (978) 745-8120.
Reserved Parking Spaces
In addition to discounted parking passes, the City designates thirty (30) spaces in the Museum Place Garage and twenty (20) spaces in the South Harbor Garage for reserved parking. Applications for these spaces are made available every summer. If more applications are receieved than there are spaces available, a drawing will be conducted to choose applicants. These permits are valid from Seeptember 1 to August 31 each year at a cost of $1500, with discounts available for downtown residents already required to purchase a parking pass to one of the garages. The application can be found here: Reserved Parking Space Application.