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Most of the downtown area on-street parking is 2-hour parking Monday through Friday 7:15am-5:15pm (identified by signage) and is enforced by Parking Control personnel. Need to stay longer? There are also several free all-day parking lots (identified by signage) listed below.
Click here for an interactive parking map
Click here for the parking map (PDF Version)
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. Click here to access our secure, online portal for paying parking tickets (convenience fee assessed at 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). Questions? Email us at Lt S. Brown by click here for questions about parking
Free Daily Parking
Free daily parking is available outside of the 2-hour parking zone and at four city-owned parking lots:
- Red Bear Parking Lot South end of Craven Street (Google map) No parking Sunday-Thursday between 3am and 6am.
- Gold Bear Parking Lot 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 New and Hancock streets (Google map) Daily and overnight parking permitted.
- (NEW) Brown Bear Parking Lot Near Pollock and Fleet streets (Google map)
Please be aware that the City may temporarily alter or suspend the normal hours of operation of the free daily parking lots to accommodate public events and public construction projects.
Paid Parking (hourly or all-day)
Paid parking is available at the Pollock Street lot located at the corner of Craven and Pollock streets Monday through Saturday from 8am-8pm. Parking on Sundays is free. Parking rates are $1.00/hour or $8.00/day. Download the ParkMobile app on your smartphone, scan the QR code on the parking lot signs, or text the word "park" to 77223. Don't have a smartphone? No problem. Call (877)727-5301 to begin the pay-to-park process.
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 (252)639-2721.
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.
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 you are unable to complete the process online, visit or call the New Bern Police Department, 601 George Street (Google map), at (252)672-4100, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, for assistance.
New Bern's Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is just two miles from downtown and offers connecting and destination flights through 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 ride share and local cab companies and through CARTS.
Cub House Rest Area & Restrooms
223 Pollock Street
(click here for Google map)
Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Labor Day through Memorial Day