Staff of the Police Department and Parking Enforcement Division writes improper parking notices for violations of the Hanover Parking Ordinance, to include expired meters, parking in handicap zones without a permit, parking in prohibited areas and for parking on streets and lots after midnight during the winter.
Parking enforcement offices are located in Town Hall just off the first floor at the back of the building, where staff accepts payments, answers questions and processes ticket payments through the use of their computer based violation tracking system. Parking accepts payments in several forms, to include cash, check and credit card.
Revenue generated through parking related activities flows into a separate Parking Fund that is overseen by the Parking & Transportation Board and the Board of Selectmen. Funds are used to support on-street and parking garage operations, maintenance of parking areas, the Advance Transit shuttle service for commuters and future improvements to the parking system.
There are over 600 parking meters in Hanover, mostly offering two or three hour parking to customers and visitors of the Central Business District. Downtown employees can park in a large long-term metered lot (Marshall Lot) conveniently located on Maple Street, in one of eighty long-term non-metered public permit spaces situated on the periphery of the Business District or for free in Thompson Arena. Related permits are available at the parking office in Town Hall.
Parking operations also manages parking in the 289 space garage at 7 Lebanon Street, where both short-term and long-term parking is available for customers. The facility is open 24/7, with cashiers on duty between 7:00am and 9:00pm every day, but Sunday. A validation program is in effect where merchants may purchase stickers at the parking office to then distribute to their customers that park in the facility. The covered sections of the facility are a good option for overnight parking during the winter parking ban. The parking ban is in effect November 15 through April 30 each year, between the hours of 12:01am – 7:00am.