Downtown Parking

In an effort to address parking concerns throughout downtown Goldsboro, the City is enforcing two-hour on-street parking from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday within the managed parking zone. This area includes Center Street from Ash to Chestnut; Mulberry Street from John to James; and Walnut Street from John to James. All other streets are not included and parking will continue as before. The 200 block of N. Center Street is excluded from enforcement until July.

Please see the Goldsboro Downtown parking map below for helpful information. The color-coded margin on the left side of the map shows where the two-hour on-street parking areas are located. The public lots shown have NO TIME LIMIT. Street parking areas with NO TIME LIMIT are also displayed. If you plan to spend longer than two hours downtown, park in the NO TIME LIMIT areas so you don’t have to move your vehicle. ADA/Handicap spots throughout downtown are also shown. Best of all, downtown parking listed on the map is FREE!

Handicapped Parking

Per state statute (§ 20‑37.6.), drivers who display a current handicapped windshield placard or license plate are not subject to the two-hour parking regulations.

Enforcement and Fines

Goldsboro Police Department has hired a parking specialist who will enforce downtown parking regulations. A two-hour parking violation is $25. A late fee of $25 will be added if the fine is not paid within 15 days. An additional $100 penalty will be added if a civil action is necessary to collect the fees. Fines may be paid online at or in person at the Public Safety Complex, 204 S. Center St.


The vehicle owner may appeal a parking ticket by requesting a hearing before the City Parking Committee. The request can be made to the City Clerk or submitted through the City of Goldsboro website. The request must be received within 14 days of the current violation being appealed. If the appeal is denied, the vehicle owner will be notified by certified mail and will have 14 days after receiving the notice to pay the penalty.


In 2016, a traffic and parking study was done to analyze available parking, traffic conditions, patterns of use and opportunities. The study found that there were 1,929 parking spaces downtown, and determined that wayfinding signage was needed to help direct and inform the public. Wayfinding was added in 2020, however downtown has realized significant growth in the last three years, doubling the number of upper story apartments, realizing 40 building rehabilitations. This is fantastic progress, though it has led to congestion of street parking and a change in traffic/parking patterns that require the City to revisit management and education strategies.

The City of Goldsboro hosted a forum on Jan. 26, 2023, to hear input from downtown stakeholders — including residents, visitors, business owners, employees, property owners, landlords, and developers — regarding parking throughout the downtown area. The goal of this public meeting was to gather input and feedback regarding downtown parking capacity and use, in an effort to determine the best way to manage changing parking needs.

After reviewing downtown parking concerns, the Downtown Development Department presented options to City Council for parking management to include two-hour parking in designated areas from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Council approved the implementation of two-hour parking at its May 1, 2023, meeting. On May 20, 2024, the City Council amended the ordinance to limit two-hour parking enforcement to 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.