Paid Parking Starts January 15 in Two NMB Public Parking Lots

Effective January 15, public parking lots located on the oceanfront at 3rd Avenue North and 4th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach will become paid parking lots. The parking fee at both lots will be $1 per hour.

Several years ago, the city established a paid public parking lot on the second row at 4th Avenue South, and the fee there is also $1 per hour.

A fourth parking lot on the oceanfront at 3rd Avenue South will become a paid public parking lot at $1 per hour once it has been reconfigured.

In making the change from free to paid parking at these lots, the city has not embarked on the widespread introduction of paid parking in North Myrtle Beach but is working to resolve a specific, limited issue.

The parking lots are adjacent to large accommodations, and some of their employees and guests have been parking in the free public parking spaces, instead of using parking opportunities provided for them by their respective accommodations. This practice has forced residents and visitors not associated with the accommodations to park elsewhere and move young children and beach equipment across the street to the beach. Older residents and visitors have also complained about being forced to use second row parking. The transformation of the parking lots to paid parking will encourage turnover of parking spaces in these locations.

Parking spaces in the parking lots will not be metered but will be numbered, and parking payments can be made via cellphone using the Passport Parking app (free download), online at, or by phone at (843) 628-2155. Signs within the paid parking lots will also provide payment information.

All motorized vehicles, including golf carts, must pay the $1 per hour parking fee.

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