00_0189_000_N376 Guide to Parking in Downtown Rehoboth

Avoiding a Ticket: Your Guide to Parking in Downtown Rehoboth

During the summer, residents and visitors of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, want to enjoy a season of relaxation and fun. However, it's important to be aware of the city's parking regulations and options to ensure a hassle-free experience. In this article, we will delve into the details of parking meters, permits, hours of operation, and accessibility accommodations in Rehoboth Beach.

Parking Meters and Permits:

From May 15 to September 15 each year, parking in Rehoboth Beach is strictly regulated. During this period, parking is available either through permits or at designated meters. The parking permits are enforced from 10 am to 5 pm, while metered spaces require payment from 10 am to 10 pm. After September 15th and before May 15th, parking is free in Rehoboth!

Parking is not permitted from midnight-6 am on East Lake Drive, Queen, and Prospect from May 14-September 30.

When parking in Rehoboth Beach, it's important to remember that vehicles must be parked head-in, with the front of the vehicle facing the curb or edge of the pavement in all angled or perpendicular parking spaces, unless it's a handicap-accessible vehicle.

2024 Parking Map Courtesy of City of Rehoboth Beach:

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Parking Department and Permit Purchase:

The Rehoboth Beach Parking Department, located at 1 City Hall Drive behind 30 Lake Avenue, is the primary authority overseeing parking regulations. You can purchase a pass in their office, open 8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

During the summer season, permits can also be purchased from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday, at kiosks in the 700 block of Bayard Avenue, between Stockley and Norfolk streets, and at 408 Rehoboth Avenue just beyond the drawbridge and traffic circle as you enter the town. Permits are available on a daily, weekend, weekly, or seasonal basis to cater to different parking needs.


Seasonal Transferable $325

Starting August 1 $165

Seasonal Non-Transferable $295

Starting August 1 $150

Three-Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday) $60

Daily (One Day Only) $25

**Parking fees are nonrefundable.


Parking Meters

  • All parking meters have a 12-hour maximum limit with the exception of 30-minute spaces and at Grove Park. 
  • Meter rates are $4/hour citywide using quarters or a credit card or via Parkmobile. 
  • All 30-minute and accessible spaces require payment.
  • When at the pay station, verify that the amount of time and amount you wish to pay are correct. No refunds are issued.


Parking Department Hours:

The Rehoboth Beach Parking Department operates with varying hours throughout the year. From May 15 to September 15, the department is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily, with the lobby closing at 6 pm. From September 16 to May 14, the hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, with the lobby closing at 3:45 pm. The office remains closed on state holidays during this period.


Summer Permit Parking:

During the specified period from May 15 to September 15, a parking permit is required for all non-metered areas of the city between 10 am and 5 pm. Note that the City of Rehoboth Beach is not responsible for lost or stolen parking permits, so it's important to keep them secure.


Special Considerations and Accessibility:

Parking vehicles longer than 22 feet and 3 inches is restricted in Rehoboth Beach. For special instructions or assistance, individuals can call the Parking Department at 302-227-6184.

Accessible parking is available for vehicles with handicapped permits. However, it's important to note that even with a handicapped permit, meter fees must be paid, or a parking permit must be purchased.


Convenience and Change Machines:

To make parking more convenient, change machines are available at various locations. These include First Street & Rehoboth Avenue, the third block of Rehoboth Avenue (across from City Hall), and the Parking Department at 1 City Hall Drive.


Utilizing the ParkMobile App:

Rehoboth Beach offers the ParkMobile service, allowing visitors to easily pay for parking and enjoy a seamless experience. To sign up for this service or gather more information, please visit us.parkmobile.com. You can also download the app straight from the app store. You simply will type in the meter area number, and select your vehicle. It will use the card you have on file. Even better? You can replenish from afar, so no need to run to your car to feed the meter, you can keep enjoying the activities of the beach. 


Understanding the parking regulations and options in Rehoboth Beach is necessary for residents and visitors alike. By familiarizing yourself with the city's parking meters, permits, hours of operation, and accessibility considerations, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable stay in this charming coastal town. Remember to adhere to the parking guidelines and make use of this resource on VisitRehoboth.com for a stress-free experience during your time in Rehoboth Beach!


Want to avoid parking? Try the DART Beach Bus! Park for free at their station on Rt.1 and enjoy an air-conditioned ride into town for just a few dollars.