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Affordable Parking Program

As a result of public feedback, Buncombe County is pleased expand the Affordable Parking Program. The expanded program will offer people who work in Downtown Asheville the opportunity to apply for one of a limited number of reduced rate monthly parking passes at each of Buncombe County’s two parking garages. The Buncombe County-owned parking garages are at 164 College Street (across from the Buncombe County Judicial Complex) and 11 Sears Alley (next to Buncombe County Health & Human Services at 40 Coxe Avenue) parking garages. You must meet the eligibility requirements (listed below) in order to apply. The cost of the reduced rate passes is $40/month

Please note that acceptance of your application does not guarantee you a reduced rate parking pass. For additional information about City of Asheville parking garages, please visit the City of Asheville Parking Services page.

Buncombe County has a limited number of spots available, and spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you are selected, you will receive an email from Preferred Parking (who manages the county’s parking deck) and will be invited to purchase a reduced rate pass at that time.

If you are not selected for the program, you will be notified that your application has been placed on a waiting list. You will be invited to purchase a reduced rate pass as availability allows. We will be posting the waiting list on our county webpage, and you can use your Application ID to check your place on the list

Eligibility Rules to review prior to applying:

  • You must work in the Downtown Asheville area (within approximately 1 mile of Pack Square)
  • You must earn less than 80% Area Median Income (see below for income limits)
  • Have a valid driver license.
  • A credit card or bank account to link for payment
  • Applicants must be age 18 or older

Household Area Median Income Chart

FY 2023 80% of Area Median Income Survey
# in Household Monthly Household Income Limit
1 $3,967 per month ($47,600/year)
2 $4,533 per month ($54,400/year)
3 $5,100 per month ($61,200/year)
4 $5,667 per month ($68,000/year)
5 $6,121 per month ($73,450/year)
6 $6,575 per month ($78,900/year)
7 $7,029 per month ($84,350/year)
8 $7,483 per month ($89,800/year)

NOTE: Your household size includes yourself, plus all people you live with that you are related to including spouse, your children living in your home, etc

If you have questions about who to count in your household please email or call 828-250-5060.

Two Ways to Submit an Application

Option 1: Fill out an application

Begin your application by answering a few questions to see if you may be eligible for the Affordable Parking Program.

Start Application

Option 2: Contact us

Important Information

NOTICE: Completing this application does not guarantee enrollment or selection in the Affordable Parking Program. Program is subject to availability and can be cancelled at any time.

Questions? Read the FAQ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

If you need assistance completing this form or if you have questions regarding eligibility, please send an email to or call 828-250-5060.

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