By Alyssa Schnugg
Premium monthly parking permits will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis starting on Monday.
The permits can be purchased online or in-person starting at 8 a.m.
Other permit options will be offered over the coming week on the same first-come, first-serve basis.
The city is offering four types of parking permits. They do not guarantee a spot in a particular area, but they allow the permit holder to avoid having to put money in meters or future kiosks.
There will be a total of 240 permits sold.
The permits available – standard and premium – come with two options of hours – either 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight.
Premium permit holders will be able to park in any spot that is not metered, including all surface lots that will eventually be 75 cents an hour to park via a kiosk and on the first floor of the new parking garage.
Standard permit holders will be able to park in the lots behind City Hall, in the former DHS lot and the surface lots around the parking garage.
There will be 90 premium-all access permits offered on Monday for $100, which will allow permit holders to park Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to midnight.
At 8 a.m. on Oct. 2, 30 premium-weekday only permits will be up for grabs for $80 which allows people to park Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At 8 a.m. on Oct. 4, 90 standard all-access permits will go on sale for $70, which allows people to park Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight.
At 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, 30 standard weekday only permits will be made available for $50, which allows people to park in select areas Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While the permits can be purchased starting Sept. 30, they will not be activated until Oct. 7 and will be good through Nov. 7. Permits can be auto renewed only if an account is created on the city’s website and a credit or debit card is put on file.
If all of the permits are sold out, Parking Director Matt Davis said there will be a space on city’s website for people to sign up to be placed on a waiting list.
Anyone wishing to purchase the permit online is encouraged to visit the web site https://www.tocite.net/cityofoxfordparkingdivision/Portal before the opening of the time slot. All permit purchasers will be required to input name, address, license plate numbers (maximum of two) and billing information.
Permits sold online can only be purchased with credit or debit card. Permits will also be sold at the designated time at City Hall located at 107 Courthouse Square. Cash and checks must be paid in person at City Hall. Permits are currently only available on a monthly basis.
A permit holder that does not renew within 48 hours via debit/credit or cash or check will lose the permit if another person is on the waiting list.
There are currently 399 available parking spaces that permit holders will be able to choose from to park.
Parking garage could open today
The new downtown parking garage is expected to open soon, possibly even today, according to Davis. If not, then the garage should be open early next week.
On Oct. 7, the kiosks will be activated. Until then, Davis said parking in the garage, including the first floor, will be free. On Oct. 7, parking on the first floor will be $1 an hour and the second-fourth floors will remain free.
Kiosks will also be placed in the outer lots that are currently free. On Oct. 7, parking in those lots will be $.75 an hour. Metered parking around the Square will remain $1.25 an hour.