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Todd Bohrer, Parking Administrator

The Parking Utility provides for the operation and maintenance of:

Downtown parking ramps

City-owned parking

On-street parking meters

What are the parking regulations in downtown Eau Claire?

The Downtown Parking Map (pdf) shows a summary of parking regulations. Call 715-839-4934 with any questions about parking locations, various parking options or general parking questions. In general:

All metered and on-street two-hour parking downtown is enforced from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Permit parking is enforced during the week based on posted times of parking lots.

Most municipal parking lots have free parking after 5:00 p.m. during the week in the permit parking stalls.

Free Parking

Some lots provide longer restricted time frames during the week and some lots have no restrictions at all during evenings or on weekends.

 FOREST STREET LOT: 4-hour limit 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
 RAILROAD LOT:  6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
RIVERVIEW LOT:   Free in permit stalls 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 2-hour limit 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
FARWELL STREET LOT:   Free in permit stalls 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 RIVERSIDE PARKING DECK:  Free in permit stalls 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 SEAVER STREET LOT:  6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
ON STREET:   6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.


Metered Parking

Metered parking is available adjacent to the public library and in several of the downtown parking lots.

Enforcement & Rate

Parking meters are enforced 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., except holidays. The meter parking rates are $0.25 per hour. The exception to this rate is the City's two parking ramps and the Riverside Parking Deck lot, which are $0.50 per hour. Find more details in Parking Lots & Ramps.

Exception on Holidays

The City does not enforce parking meters or 2-hour parking on the following holidays:

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve Day

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve Day

Longer-Term Parking

Several options are available for longer-term parking in downtown Eau Claire. Fees are dependent on location and type of permit being purchased; view parking rates for details.

Ramp Pass: Obtain in Engineering

Farwell/Gibson Street Parking Ramp Pass

North Barstow Street Parking Ramp Pass


Quarterly Permit: Obtain in Customer Services

Quarterly permits may be purchased in Customer Services; call 715-839-4923 with any questions regarding these permits. The permit must be placed in your vehicle after purchasing so that it is visible from the front of the vehicle. Call 715-839-4923 with any questions about the permits listed below.

Municipal Permit

Provides on-street parking access and access to park in multiple parking lots including:

Railroad Lot
Farwell Street Lot
Seaver Street Lot

Riverside Parking Deck Permit, Upper or Lower Level

Riverview Parking Lot Permit


View additional information about parking in downtown Eau Claire: