It is the City's responsibility to encourage turnover of the parking in the public right-of-way and on properties owned by the City in an effort to create equal access to the businesses and services available near that parking. To maintain safety and to encourage turnover in parking, rules for parking are established through City Ordinances and enforced by Norman PD's Parking Enforcement Officers.
A parking problem which (1) needs immediate attention, (2) is blocking a roadway, or (3) is causing a public safety issue, can be reported to the non-emergency police dispatch by calling 405-321-1444. Any other parking problems can be reported online by following the link below.
City Owned Right-of-Way vs Private Parking
Parking on privately owned properties (such as residential driveways, parking lots in shopping centers or at privately owned businesses, and the OU campus) are operated at the discretion of the owner of the property or their designee. Parking in the public right-of-way, which is along streets owned and maintained by the City, may be metered (pay-to-park) or free to park and will be clearly marked with the appropriate signage. City Ordinances are applicable regardless of whether the property is owned by the City or private entity.
Studies are periodically conducted in order to assess the availability and usage of City operated parking in the City of Norman. These studies help determine if changes need to be made to current parking operations or what improvements can be made to make the system more efficient.
In 2015 the City of Norman partnered with Cleveland County, as well as the Norman Downtowners Association and the Campus Corner Merchants Association to conduct such a study with Jacob's Engineering Group as a consultant. The final report from that study was submitted in April 2016, and can be reviewed by following the link below:
A follow-up study was released in 2018 as the result of a partnership between the City of Norman and Cleveland County using Kimley-Horn as a consultant. This report can be reviewed by following the link below:
City Owned Parking Lots and Parking Area Business Plans
A Parking Management System Business Plan was initially developed in 2013 with the implementation of the first ‘smart’ parking meters which allowed for card payments and provided the opportunity for the city’s first pay by phone options. This plan set out rates, hours of operation, and time limits for all of the City operated parking in Norman. As the city has added parking lots in the Campus Corner and Downtown areas and improved technology used throughout the system, updated Business Plans have been created for each area.
Campus Corner Area - On-Street & Asp Avenue Parking Lot
The Campus Corner Parking Management Business Plan was created as a revision of the Parking Management System Business Plan to manage the City owned parking in the Campus Corner area and was last updated in 2019. This area includes individually metered spaces, street parking metered collectively by pay stations, and the municipal parking lot located at 710 Asp Avenue. The Asp Avenue Parking Lot is serviced by two pay stations where 61 spaces and 3 disabled spaces are available for public use. Parking rates in effect are specified on the parking meter or pay station. Existing commercial loading zones previously established in various parking spaces in three designated areas remain in effect.
Special Event Rate For OU Home Football Game Days - Asp Avenue Parking Lot
Because of the large crowds drawn to OU's campus for University of Oklahoma football home games, a special event rate will be in effect for the Asp Avenue Parking Lot located at 710 Asp Avenue (not to be confused with the Asp Avenue Parking Facility owned and operated by the University of Oklahoma at 1499 Asp Avenue). The current special event rate is a daily rate of $25. On-street parking which is still accessible in the Campus Corner area will remain at the regular rate even on game days. Parking rates in effect are specified on the pay stations.
For more information about parking on OU's campus during University of Oklahoma football home games, please visit:
Downtown Area - County Courthouse & Gray Street Parking Lot
The Downtown Parking Lot Management Business Plan was created as a revision of the Parking Management System Business Plan to manage the City owned parking in the Downtown area and was last updated in 2016. This area includes the municipal Gray Street Parking Lot, on-street parking around the Cleveland County Courthouse metered collectively by pay stations, and free on-street parking. The Gray Street Parking Lot is located along the south side of Gray Street, between Peters Avenue and Crawford Avenue and is serviced by three pay stations where 97 spaces and 6 disabled spaces are available for public use. An additional 41 spaces in the Gray Street Parking Lot are available for leased parking.
Leased Parking - Gray Street Parking Lot
A portion of the Downtown Gray Street Parking Lot, totaling 41 spaces, is available for leased parking. Downtown employers and employees wishing to lease parking space should download and complete both the application and lease agreement linked below. The yearly fee for the leased parking space should be submitted with the application and the lease agreement to the City Clerk's office. Should demand exceed space availability, a lottery will be conducted of all applications to determine who receives a space for the year. Those not successful in the lottery will have their yearly fee returned. The deadline for submitting an application this year will be noon on December 15. The lottery, if necessary, will be held five days following the application deadline. Parking permits, or returned checks, will be mailed to each applicant no later than December 23. The lease will be renewed annually and will run from January 1 to December 31 of the same calendar year. Further information about leased parking can be found in the Downtown Parking Lot Management Business Plan by following the link above.