• Parking in Bethesda is managed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Parking Division.

    Contact information for Bethesda Parking is here. The Bethesda Parking office is located at 4720 Cheltenham Drive, Bethesda MD 20814. The phone number is 240-777-8770.

     CLICK HERE for an interactive downtown Bethesda parking map.

    Accessible Parking

    Only vehicles displaying valid handicap tags or placards may park in a space reserved for accessible parking. Accessible parking spaces are located in all parking lots and garages within the parking districts. Vehicles displaying valid handicap tags or placards may also park at any metered space for double the time-limit of that meter (maximum 4 hours). Payment is not required for handicap vehicles parked at metered parking spaces. Contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to obtain valid handicapped parking tags and special parking placards.  The Bethesda Circulator serves all the public county garages and is handicapped accessible.

    Accessible parking spaces are listed on the MCDOT Parking website HERE and on this interactive map HERE.

    Parking Permits (Effective January 3, 2022)

    Vehicles with PCS permits may park in PCS Designated Spaces, Long Term Meters, Pay By Space Facilities, or Carpool Spaces after 9:30 AM (Follow signage).  Permits do not guarantee space availability.

    Costs are as follows:

    • Parking Convenience Sticker $195.00 per month
    • Daily Parking Permit $22.50 per day

    Carpool Parking Permits

    One of the benefits of being in a carpool or vanpool is preferred parking.  Look for the designated parking spaces available in your assigned parking garage.  Check out our Car/Vanpool Page for more information.  Carpool parking permits are lot specific.  Carpool permits vary in cost depending upon the number of persons or passengers per vehicle.

    • 2 Persons $107.00 per month
    • 3-4 Persons $58.00 per month
    • 5 or More Persons $15.00 per month


    ​For more information about Parking permits, Click here to go to the MCDOT website

    Charging Stations

    Seven conveniently located EV charging stations are available at parking facilities in downtown Bethesda. 

     Click here for more details


    Hours Requiring Payment

    Hours of payment may vary by facility or on-street location. Hours are posted on each meter.  Please check the time of payment required on the meter.  

    On-street (metered spaces)

    • Paid operating hours 9:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. $2.25 per hour.
    • Free parking on Sundays and County Holidays
    • During rush hour, on-street parking is prohibited in parts of Bethesda.


    Surface-lots (metered spaces)

    Surface lots are uncovered, paved parking areas.

    • Paid operating hours 7:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. (Saturday fee started July 8, 2023) $2.00 per hour
    • Free parking Sunday & County Holidays


    Garages (metered spaces)

    • Paid operating hours 7:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. (Saturday fee started July 8, 2023) $1.75 per hour or less.
    • Free parking on Sunday & County Holidays.


    Cost & Payment Information


  • Parking Fees

    • On-street parking: $2.25/hour
    • Surface lot parking: $2.00/hour
    • Cordell/St. Elmo garage, Waverly garage, Bethesda/Elm garage: $1.75/hour
    • Woodmont/Old Georgetown garage, Capital Crescent garage, Woodmont/Rugby garage, Auburn/Del Ray garage, Cheltenham garage, Woodmont/Edgemoor garage: $1.50 hour
  • Pay by Space

    Six Montgomery County Parking Facilities in Downtown Bethesda use the Pay by Space System.  The Pay by Space system uses a centralized pay stations that operate like the old meters where customers estimate their duration and prepay before leaving their cars.  This system allows for payment with coins, bills, credit cards and pay by cell.
    Pay stations do not give change. Pay stations prompt users in multiple languages. 

  • Pay By Cell

    You can pay with your cell phone at over 5,000 parking meters in downtown Bethesda via mobile apps.  Click here for details.

    The pay by cell options allow for impending expiration reminders and the ability to add or stop time remotely.  Residents pay for parking and can also add time at any of the conveniently located pay stations. 

  • Pay-On-Foot Parking System

    Garage 11 (Woodmont Avenue & Old Georgetown Road) and the Capital Crescent Garage (formerly Lot 31) use the Pay On Foot Systems.  Click here for instructions on how to use the Pay-On-Foot System