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April 22, 2024

Parking in Cape May

Parking in Cape May can be a challenge during the busy season. Below is information from the City of Cape May on parking locations, rules and regulations.


With the following exceptions, parking meters are in effect April 1 to October 31, every day, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. All meters are 25 cents per ten minutes and stand-alone meters only accept quarters or Parkmobile. Multi-meters also accept credit cards and Parkmobile. Change is available from several businesses and at beach tag sales booths, during the beach season. The City provides a five (5) minute grace period on all meters, before an overtime violation occurs.


  1. Cape May Stage Parking Lot on Lafayette Street – No Parking on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday from June 23 – September 10. 
  2. Washington Street Mall area, Carpenters Lane, Lyle Lane, Mansion Street, Welcome Center front and rear lots from April 1st – December 31st.

The following streets are $2.00 an hour (effective May 14, 2019):

Carpenters Lane
Congress Place
Congress Street
Decatur Street
Jackson Street Parking Lot
Jackson Street
Lyle Lane
Mansion Street
Ocean Street
Ocean Street Library Parking Lot
Perry Street
S. Lafayette Street
600 block Washington Street
500 block Hughes Street
500 block Columbia Street

Metered Parking 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ($1.50 an hour)

All meters east of Philadelphia Avenue (Reading Ave, Trenton Ave & Beach Ave)

Metered Parking 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ($1.50 an hour)

1st Avenue
2nd Avenue
Grant Street
Mt. Vernon Avenue
Patterson Avenue

Three Hour Time Limit Metered Parking 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($1.50 an hour)

Welcome Center Parking Lot  

The Following areas in the vicinity of the Washington Street Mall will be active from April 1 to December 31.

Carpenters Lane from Perry St. to Ocean St.
Lyle Lane from Decatur St. to Perry St.
Mansion St. from Jackson St. to Perry St.
Welcome Center Lots 1,2,3, a portion of lot 34 at the intersection of Broad and Elmira St. & angled parking on block 1060 lot 4.02 located on the northside of the Welcome Center.

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Free Parking Locations

Free parking is available at the Cape May Elementary School located at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Madison Avenue Saturday and Sunday while school is in session and daily during the summer break till 11:00PM, there is to be NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.    


NJMCdirect – Pay your traffic ticket online
Handicap Parking Regulations – Ordinance 240-2011

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