When is free parking available?

Free parking is offered all day Sunday and anytime outside of enforcement hours. Enforcement hours can be found on the parking homepage. Anyone can park for free in areas designated as Town of Amherst Permit Parking between 5 PM and 8 AM and on Sundays. These permit areas can be found here. Parking is also free on the holidays listed below:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Patriots Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

As of November 19, 2022, The Town has approved the Amherst Business Improvement District's request for free parking at all meters and metered spaces in Downtown Amherst on Saturdays starting after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas, in celebration of Small Business Saturdays during the Holiday Season. 

Parking at all Town lots and meters in Downtown Amherst will be free on the following Saturdays

  • November 26th
  • December 3rd
  • December 10th
  • December 17th
  • December 24th 

Please be mindful of posted time limits or other posted parking restrictions such as handicapped parking spaces, loading zones, etc. 

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1. Is long-term parking available in the center of Town?
2. Is there an App to pay for parking?
3. What do I do if the App or Payment Kiosks are not working?
4. When is free parking available?
5. Do I have to pay for parking while charging my electric car?
6. How can I be notified if there is a parking ban in effect?
7. Where do I pay parking violations?
8. How do I get information on old outstanding parking violations?
9. Can I appeal a parking violation?
10. What happens if I don’t pay or appeal a parking violation within the twenty one (21) days?
11. My vehicle was towed last night; who do I contact in order to find out where my car is?
12. Are permits available for those who live or work in Downtown Amherst?
13. Where can I try parking if I am having trouble finding a spot?