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Commercial Street Parking Lot Rehabilitation 

The Rehabilitation started on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The Parking lot is nearing completion and looks great.  The new sidewalks, granite curbing, pavement and markings are complete.  The new lanscaping installed by the City of Keene Public Works employees is phenomenal and there are new benches as well..  There are a few odds and ends to complete, howvere the lot is open to the public.  We will be intsallling new multi psace meters for payment.  These units will take change and credit cards.  The electric vehicle chargers are also ready for installation.  Parking services received a grant from the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services to purchace two unit. 

City Hall Parking Garage

The City Hall Deck located behind City Hall is receiving new paint on the structural steel.  This will provide the barrier to prevent the steel from coroding.  This project is expected to be completed by mid August.

Wells Street Parking Garage Rehabilitation

Effective Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:01am the east side of the Wells Street Parking Garage upper and lower level will be closed for the start of the rehabilitation project.  THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC PARKING AVAILABLE IN THE PARKING GARAGE DURING CONTRUCTION.  All non-reserved customers may use Gilbo Ave East lot, Commercial St. lot or Elm St. lot during construction.  The current permit customers will remain in the parking garage and will access the lower level from Railroad St. to Wells St to the entrance and exit and the upper level permit customers will access from Roxbury St to Roxbury Plaza.  The road connecting Roxbury Plaza to Railroad St through the parking garage area will also be closed for the entire project.

The following is a list of free parking days in the City of Keene for 2015.  The time limit on the meter still applies.

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • January 19 - Martin Luther King Day
  • February 16 - President’s Day
  • March 6,7 - Free Parking Weekend
  • May 25 - Memorial Day
  • June 5,6 - Free Parking Weekend
  • July 3 - Observance of  4th of July
  • July 31, August 1, - Free Parking Weekend
  • September 7 - Labor Day
  • October 12 - Columbus Day
  • November 6,7 - Free Parking Weekend
  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day
  • November 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving
  • December 18 thru 25 - Holiday Week

Registration Blocking for Outstanding Parking Tickets  

On August 6, 2009, the Keene City Council affirmed the adoption of New Hampshire RSA 231:130-a, Notification of Unpaid Fines, with an effective date of January 1, 2010.

Adopting the provisions of this statute allows the City of Keene to block vehicle registrations for those with outstanding parking violations more than 28 days old. Under this provision, individuals with parking violations that meet these criteria will not be able to register their vehicle(s) until they have satisfied their parking debt.

The Bureau of Parking Enforcement will begin sending out notices to those who have outstanding parking fines so that they can make arrangements to satisfy their account prior to this provision taking effect.

Also in accordance with this provision, the City of Keene will enter into reciprocal agreements with the Cities of Manchester, Hudson, and Nashua, who also utilize the authority granted under this statute.  In doing so, City of Keene residents with outstanding parking violations in those Cities will also be barred from registering their vehicles until those debts are settled.  In turn, those Cities will also block registrations for their respective residents who have outstanding parking debt in Keene.

For further information, or to make arrangements to satisfy a current outstanding parking violation, please contact Parking Services at (603)357-9845, or appear in person at 3 Washington Street. Parking is located on the second floor of City Hall.

Keene Downtown Parking Lots:



Traffic and Parking Regulations

Metered Parking Spaces:

  • Hours of operation of the meters 8:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday. Sunday and Holidays are exempt.

  • There are two standard rates for meters. On-street is $.25 per 30 minutes, while the fee for parking lots is $.10 per 30 minutes. You will find longer term meters(up to ten hours), in the lots.

  • If there is one meter between two spaces, generally, the handle of the meter should face the space that it goes to. 

Reserved Spaces: 

  • Many parking lots downtown have an availability of reserved parking space for a prepaid fee of $115.00 per quarter (Wells Street Lot Lower section $140.00). Reserving a space essentially allows you to park without having to plug a meter during the hours of operation of the meters, as listed above.

  • Residents and patrons of downtown are still responsible for complying with the other night-time restrictions as mentioned below.


Parking Cost

Parking Lot Reserved Fees:

Daytime quarterly rentals: $115/quarterly
Nighttime quarterly rentals: $115/quarterly
Wells St. Park Structure monthly: Lower Level $140/quarterly
Meter daily rentals (construction): $5/day
Short term overnight rentals: $5/day 

On-Street Reserved Fees:

Meter for construction: $15/day
Weddings/special events: $15/day

Meter Fees:

On-street parking: $.25/per 30 minutes 
Lots: $.10/per 30 minutes 

Paying tickets:

Cash, check, money order and credit cards are all accepted forms of payment.

There are several payment boxes scattered through out downtown.  You will find the red boxes fixed to meters in the following locations:

  • Central Square - Luca's Cafe and the Chamber of Commerce
  • Mechanic St - first meter east of Elm St
  • Winter St - by the Keene Public Library
  • Main St - Timoleon's, Bagel Works
  • Main Street by Hannah Grimes
  • Main St - KSC area - Appian Way
  • Gilbo Ave / Lot - Lindy's Diner
  • Roxbury Plaza - near Wells garage

Tickets can also be dropped off in the payment slot at Revenue Collection which is located in the lobby at City Hall.

If you would like to pay your ticket in person, you may do so at Parking Services, floor 2 at City Hall.  The office is open to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Payments can always be mailed in the envelope provided.



Night-time Parking Restrictions

  • There is no parking allowed on-street between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. in the Central Business District, November 1st to April 30th. There is no parking allowed on-street between the hours of 2 A.M. to 6 A.M. in the Central Business District, May 1st to October 31st.

  • November 1 through April 30 there is no parking permitted on any City street between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M.

  • This restriction included the paved portion of the roadways and the entire City owned right-of-way. 



Exceptions: as approved by the City Council

Oak Street, East Side, with permit  
Elliot Street, South Side for a distance of 120' East from Main Street, with permit.

November 1 through April 30 the schedule for rotating parking lots at night-time is in effect. During this time-frame between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., parking is permissible by alternating schedule only.

As of 1994, between May 1 and October 31 it is permissible to leave a vehicle in a municipal lot for 5 nights consecutively. Day-time restrictions still apply, (such as parking meters or reserved parking). The exception to this is any lot that may be posted for no parking. 

Residental Parking Permit District

Residents can petition to the City Council to create a district which allows only residents of their street to be able to legally park on their street.  Upon receipt of a petition representing a majority of the residences within an area and upon approval by the City Council these residents’ vehicles will be exempt from certain “No Parking” codes.

Current Residential Parking Permit Districts:

Adams Court, north and south sides

Bruder Street, north side

Hamden Drive, east and west sides

Hancock Street, both sides     

Iceland Circle, north and south sides

Wilcox Terrace, east and west sides

Keene State College Area Parking Restrictions

KSC Parking

For questions pertaining to Parking in the City of Keene, please contact Parking Services at: 

City of Keene Parking Services
3 Washington St
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3124