Ed Ward

The City of Morganton's new parking enforcement specialist started Monday. Ed Ward will enforce the City's parking regulations in downtown in an effort to provide more accessible parking for shoppers and visitors.

Main Street Department Director Sharon Jablonski said having a parking enforcement specialist will help ensure that people who work in downtown are parking in the all-day spaces, which will free up the spaces in downtown that are closest to shops and restaurants. 

"Our goal is to try to create more convenient parking for shoppers and visitors," Jablonski said.

Downtown Morganton has a lot of free, all day parking in downtown as well as timed 2-hour and 4-hour parking. Check the parking map below to see available parking areas.

Ward  will be working weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, said Public Safety Major Billy Bradshaw.

"He'll be checking for things like handicap violations, overtime violations, and loading zone violations," Bradshaw said.

The most common violations are overtime parking violations. For example, someone parks in a 2-hour parking area and doesn't move their vehicle after two hours have passed.

The City of Morganton has provided parking enforcement for the downtown area since 1953. In addition to patrolling parking areas downtown, the Parking Enforcement Specialist issues parking tickets, collects money from fine boxes; prepares final notice and past due parking notices, issues civil citations for parking violations and provides information and assistance to the public.

icon Downtown Parking Map 

Parking Violations and Fines

Escalating Fines 1st 2nd 3rd
Overtime parking $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Backing into spaces $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Double parking $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Loading zone violation $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Parking across line $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Parking to the left $5.00 $10.00 $25.00
Standard Fines      
Fire lane violation $10.00    
Handicap Violation $100.00    

The City’s downtown parking map is available on the City website and Downtown Morganton website.


Downtown Morganton parking map