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Parking In Franklin

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Garage and Street Parking Information

Garage and Street Parking Information

Parking in the downtown core, is time restricted, and is enforced Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM.  Time restricted parking is not enforced on Saturdays, Sundays and City Holidays. 

The City also owns two parking garages with approximately 300 spaces each that offer unlimited free parking.  They are located on 2nd Ave. South and 4th Ave. South each has 2 electrical vehicle charging spaces, as well as a designated motorcycle parking area.  Per city ordinance No. 2018-07 § I, 7-10-2018; (b) All vehicles shall be parked head-in only.

There are privately owned paid lots also available in downtown Franklin.  The map below shows the location of free and paid parking locations in the downtown core.  Frequently asked questions follow the map


Frequently Asked Parking Questions

Question: When is time restricted parking enforced?

Answer: time restricted parking is enforced Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM.  Time restricted parking is not enforced on Saturdays, Sundays and City Holidays.  The following are City observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Question: Why did the City change from 4-hour parking to 2-hour parking in the downtown area?

Answer: The curb space is a valuable city asset and is managed with time limits to encourage turnover in the downtown retail/commercial areas.  Enforcement of time limits increases the availability of spaces for short-term parkers and compels long-term parkers to park vehicles in off-street parking lots or garages. West Main St. between 5th Ave. North and 7th Ave. North remains 4-hour parking.

Question: Can the City install an accessible, ADA compliant on-street parking space?

Answer: Yes.  The City of Franklin has adopted the Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way.  The City of Franklin is committed to installing truly accessible, ADA compliant on-street parking spaces to meet the needs of the disabled community.  To help the City prioritize locations, we would encourage you to fill out a service request for ADA accommodation,

Question: Who can park in an electric vehicle charging space?

Answer: No vehicle shall be parked, in a public parking space, if designated for charging any electric vehicle by any sign or pavement marking using the term “electric vehicle charging ”, or otherwise reasonably indicating designation for electric vehicle charging, unless the vehicle is actively charging when parked in the electric vehicle charging parking space. 

These spaces are pay for charge spaces, operated by the BLINK Company.  When your vehicle is finished charging it is to be moved to a non-electric space to give other electric vehicles a chance to charge.

Question: How are loading and unloading zones determined in the City of Franklin?

Answer: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have the authority to establish passenger and freight loading zones.  Loading zones will be established only where:

  1. The property owner has no available off-street loading and unloading facilities or such facilities as are available are grossly inadequate:
  2. Such loading is necessary to the conduct of the business of the property owner:
  3. Such loading zone is in the interest of the public convenience, welfare and safety
  4. The type of loading and unloading involves freight or merchandise too heavy or bulky to be conveniently carried by hand:
  5. Existing street loading space is too inconvenient or far away for practical and efficient loading or unloading.

Question: How long can I park in a public parking lot or garage?

Answer: No vehicle shall remain parked in a city parking lot or garage which is owned, leased, or maintained by the City of Franklin for more than 24 hours or the vehicle may be impounded