Downtown Parking

Whitefish provides free downtown parking (map) which includes 2-hour on-street parking and three 3-hour parking lots. To allow for snow removal or street sweeping there is no parking from 2:30 am to 6 am.

Parking Management Plan

The City of Whitefish recognized the need to improve and add parking to downtown Whitefish. In 2019, Dixon Resources Unlimited was contracted as a consultant to develop a management plan with participation with staff and intensive community engagement with downtown businesses and institutions to engage the public, interview stakeholders, and observe parking operations. The Management Plan (PDF) will serve as a foundation for the establishment of a sustainable parking program and better manage the existing parking facilities. City Council held a work session on September 16, 2019, and held a Public Hearing and adopted Resolution Number 19-33 October 21, 2019.

Where You Can Park if You Work Downtown

Whitefish does provide unlimited parking North of the Library along with on-street parking on Lupfer Avenue, E 1st Street west of Baker Avenue, and Depot Street, east of the Depot.

New Parking Facility

The Parking Facility (PDF) on the corner of E 1st Street and Baker Avenue is a three floor parking structure that has 77 free, three-hour parking spaces on 1st Level, 62 covered lease parking spaces on 2nd Level, 75 uncovered lease parking spaces on 3rd Level, with 3 handicapped lease parking spaces.

The Parking Facility is enforced from 6 am to 6 pm. Monday through Friday (excluding City Holidays), including lease parking. During other times, the entire Parking Facility is open to the public, free of charge. The City Council has approved the following rates and discounts for the parking structure.

Parking PackagesFee
Additional bulk discount deducted from the monthly lease rate for bulk purchase of 6 or more parking space leases in one transaction3% (total bulk discount of 5%)
Discount deducted from the monthly lease rate for bulk purchase of 3 to 5 parking space leases in on the transaction2%
Discount deducted from the monthly lease rate if a purchaser buys 12 months of parking space leases in one transaction5%
Initial monthly lease rate for a covered parking space in the parking structure$40 per month
Initial monthly lease rate for an uncovered parking space in the parking structure$30 per month
Opening period for free, unlimited use of the parking structureFrom opening day through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - free, unlimited use

Payments are not refundable but may be transferred by changing the license plates that are assigned to a parking space.

License Plate Recognition Software

License plate recognition software is used instead of permits, tags, or hangers. A Permit Holder has the option to assign up to 10 vehicles per permit, but only one of those vehicles is valid to park at one time. The Permit Holder is responsible to manage the multiple vehicles.

Lease Parking

Please read the City of Whitefish Lease Parking Permit Terms and Conditions (PDF) for more information regarding lease parking. To lease a parking space(s) the City of Whitefish has partnered with ParkMobile to pay online with a credit/debit card. The Finance Department, Customer Service Clerk can also assist with those paying cash or check.

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