Parking in Downtown Royal Oak

Parking Structures

The first two hours of parking are always free when you park in one of Royal Oak's conveniently located and well-lit parking structures.

Parking structures take credit/debit cards and cash/coins at pay stations on the first floor of the parking structures. Parking can be purchased after you park and visit a pay station. You can also pay by Credit Card ONLY when you exit on the way out.

Parking Structure at South Center Street at West 3rd Street

  • Monday - Saturday: First two hours are free. 75 cents an hour thereafter.
  • Sunday: Free

Parking Structure on 11 Mile Road (West of the Library)

  • Monday - Saturday: First two hours are free. 75 cents an hour thereafter.
  • Sunday: Free

Parking Structure at South Lafayette Avenue at West 6th Street

  • Monday - Saturday: First two hours are free. 75 cents an hour thereafter.
  • Sunday: Free

Parking Structure at South Lafayette Avenue at West 4th Street

  •  First two hours are free. 75 cents an hour thereafter.
  • Sunday: Free

Surface Parking Lots

The Sherman Street/Amtrak Parking (286 S Washington Ave) and Lot P7 (Main/6th Street) are pay-by=plate lots. Credit cards and cash are accepted.

All other surface lots throughout downtown are currently metered and accept credit cards and coins.

  • The surface parking lots have a 4 hour max limit
  • Monday - Saturday:  $0.75/hr before 5 pm, $1.00/hr after 5 pm
  • Sunday: Free 

On-Street Parking

There is 2-hour max time limit when you park on-street. You MUST MOVE your vehicle after two hours.

  1. Sentry METERs
  2. Back-In Parking
  3. AVOID TICKETS

The City of Royal is excited to announce a new, smart parking system for downtown visitors that makes parking both more convenient and accessible. 

Sentry Smart Meters bring several unique benefits and features including: 

  • Real-time open space locator: Using the Sentry Mobile app users locate and obtain turn by turn directions to open parking spaces closest to their destination.
  • Pay for exact duration of visit: For individuals who use the Sentry Mobile app they will only pay for the time their vehicle occupies the parking space. 
  • Easy payment options: Consumers can use coins, credit cards, the Sentry Mobile app or sign up for the Sentry “Concierge” program to auto-pay for parking. 
  • Pay at the end of the parking session: If people forget to pay when they park, the new system allows consumers to pay for their parking time before leaving the space, as long as it’s within the allowed time limit. 
  • Five-minute grace period: The meters are programmed with a five-minute grace period during which the driver may enter and exit a space without paying. 

What do the lights on the meter sticks mean?

What lights mean


Sentry Smart Meters Community Engagement

Chief Corrigan O'Donohue would like to thank the more than 1300 individuals who took the Downtown Parking survey. 

Of those individuals, more than 100 people agreed to be a part of a focus group on a parking system the Royal Oak Police Department is considering. 

On Jan. 5, 2021, Chief  O'Donohue gave a presentation on the results of the downtown parking survey and presented a system called  the Sentry Meter / Kiosk Platform.

Community Engagement Report

Parking Report Graphic