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Most of the downtown area on-street parking is 2-hour parking Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:30pm (identified by signage) and is enforced by Parking Control personnel.
Click here to see the parking map for more information
Parking Map PDF Version
Free Daily Parking
Additional free daily parking is available outside of the 2-hour parking zone and at three city-owned parking lots
(see map at right):
- Red Bear Parking Lot At the South end of Craven Street (Google map)
No parking Sunday-Thursday between 3am and 6am.
- Gold Bear Parking Lot At the Farmer's Market (Google map) near South Front and Hancock Streets
No parking Sunday-Thursday between 3am and 6am or Saturday between 6am and 2:30pm.
- Black Bear Parking Lot At the corner of New and Hancock Streets (Google map)
Daily and overnight parking permitted.
Parking Privileges for the Physically Handicapped
Pursuant to city ordinance Sec. 70-232 (b) Any person who falls within the definition of physically handicapped shall be allowed to park for unlimited periods in parking zones restricted as to length of time parking is permitted. This section shall have no application to those zones or during those times in which the stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited, or which are reserved for special types of vehicles. As a condition to this privilege, the vehicle shall display the distinguishing license plate or placard to which reference is made in G.S. 20-37.6.Leased Parking
The City also offers leased parking. The City of New Bern Finance Department coordinates the assignment and leasing of spaces. To report any issues or for additional information, please call
Construction Parking Permits
Click here, to apply for a Construction Parking Permit for vehicles that need to be utilized at an active construction site. Construction personnel can apply for a 1-day, 7-day, 15-day, or 30-day permit depending on the amount of time repairs are estimated to take. If additional time is needed, a permit renewal option is available.
These parking permits must be displayed at all times with orange cones placed at the front and rear of the vehicle. This temporary permit ONLY allows for the exception of the 2-hour parking restriction.
All trailers must remain attached to a vehicle at all times. A trailer unattached from a vehicle constitutes an ordinance violation and could result in a parking ticket.
If for whatever reason you are unable to access or complete the process online, please come to or call the New Bern Police Department, 601 George St, (252) 672-4100, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, for assistance with this process. 601 George Street (Google map)
Pay A Parking Ticket
Click here to access our secure, online portal for paying parking tickets (convenience fee assessed at time of checkout). Or, stop by the New Bern Police Department, 601 George Street (Google map) between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday to pay your parking ticket (Police Department only accepts cash or check).
Parking tickets cost $25. If left unpaid after 30 days, the ticket increases to $50. Beyond 30 days, unpaid tickets may be sent to a collections agency and your vehicle may be towed.
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New Bern's Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is just two miles from downtown and offers connecting flights to Charlotte & Atlanta through Delta & American Airlines. Car rental is available at the airport or through local providers and several hotels offer shuttle service. Private transportation is also available through local cab companies and through CARTS.