Parking Meters

All on-street City of Charleston parking meters are active and require payment Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (excluding Sunday and official city holidays).

Rates & Payment

There is a standard rate of 30 minutes per dollar or 2 minutes per nickel, 3 minutes per dime, and 8 minutes per quarter. All meters accept credit cards, coins and the City of Charleston SmartCard. The SmartCard is an economical and convenient payment method for parking meters in the city of Charleston. It is similar to a merchant gift card: patrons pay a one-time charge of $15 for the card and purchase meter time that goes onto the card. These can be purchased at the Revenue Collections Parking Division office located at:
180 Lockwood Boulevard
2nd Floor
Charleston, SC 29402 

You can also purchase them at:
Visitor Center Gift Shop
375 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Malfunctioning & Broken Meters

If you see a malfunctioning or broken parking meter, it would be most helpful for you to report it to the Citizens Service Desk office at 843-724-7311 or submit a request electronically through the Citizen Service Desk.