Ellicott City Historic District Parking Meters to Turn on Next Week

The county has also instituted a residential parking program for Main Street residents.

The new parking meters in the Historic District that have been on the sidewalks since early November are set to go live.

Beginning Feb. 4, parking on Main Street and Maryland Avenue will cost drivers $1 per hour. A two-hour limit remains in effect and meters will be enforced from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In addition, after discussions with Historic District residents concerned about their ability to park, the county has instituted a residential parking pass program.

Residents living between the 8000 and 8300 block of Main Street can receive a pass and park for free at any metered space in the Historic District's parking lots. 

Cars displaying the passes - a sticker to be affixed to their windshield - can also park at the metered spaces on Main Street for free between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. every day of the week. This will effectively give residents one free hour (between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.).

Residents had expressed concerns at a meeting with Planning and Zoning Director of Special Projects Steve Lafferty that they would not be able to get free parking near their homes. 

The parking passes will also go into effect Monday, Feb. 4.

More information is available on the Howard County government website.


- Facts About Parking in Ellicott City

- Do You Want to See a Metered Main Street?

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john stephens January 28, 2013 at 04:44 PM
So. Are we then to assume that the " 15 minute grace period " has been scrapped ? - thanking in advance Ms. Jefferson ( this site has been a wonderful source of sorting fact from rumor )
Dan Jenkins January 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Residents can park for free on Main Street overnight? That's like announcing that they won't be taxed for the air they breathe. This isn't a compromise. Residents should be permitted to park on Main Street for free *within the two hour limit* during daytime hours. This would allow residents who don't work 9-5 a little flexibility. The nurse who gets off at 3:30 PM now has to pay when she comes home, just as the college instructor who teaches in the evening now has to pay in the morning hours. This one-size-fits-all solution solves nothing. I am very glad I made good on my promise to move.
john stephens January 29, 2013 at 01:52 PM
meanwhile, the cost skyrockets. It takes a four man crew at least two hours (and counting ) to remove just one of the old parking meters. There must be hundreds of them . How is this budget shortfall to be made up ? Pay to park, tickets issued, and quite possibly , a tax increase. Though HOCO already has the highest rate in the state. Funny story < i saw a woman standing in a spot on main street for over 5 minutes saturday night to reserve it. Much yelling ensued ; finally her SUV arrived and clipped the quarter panel of the car in front while attempting to parallel park . Is there an APP for THAT ???
Peter Edelen January 29, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I love when people stand in the street spots on Main Street and Maryland Ave to reserve them. They eventually move as I back into the spot. I've moved chairs and cones holding street spots too. First come first serve.
Bob January 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM
This is why i avoid main st.
Bob January 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
residents should be able to park for free on Main Street period....Who makes up these ridiculous laws?
Truthful February 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I am now having to put money in a meter just to pull up to my house and unload groceries. I went into the County Council last Wednesday and left a message for our Councilmen. I still have not received a response!
Anne Gonnella June 26, 2013 at 07:47 AM
There is more parking on Main Street, but I see a lot more cars parked on Frederick across the bridge now. And I've had more trouble parking in the lot behind the Trolley Stop just to hike on the Trolley Trail, in the middle of a weekday. People are just walking farther and impacting parking elsewhere.


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