The mission of Parking Services is to support and enhance the experience of visiting Tybee Island by providing safe and accessible, on-street and surface-lot parking.
The planning and implementation of an effective parking program includes the use of parking permits along with the enforcement of rules, policies, regulations, and ordinances.
We also collect parking revenues and maintain records of all related information and financial data.
How to use the Pay-and-Display Parking Kiosks on Tybee
All of the city's parking kiosks have been replaced as of May, 2015. The credit card payment process is a lot more like using a credit card at the store, and certainly different than the old method, so we have taken down the how-to video here, and replacing it with another soon. In the meantime, we think you'll find the new machines much easier to use, so hopefully you won't miss this video!
Parking Services General Information
As much as we wish to welcome our visitors in the most hospitable way, we could not afford to keep lifeguards on the beach, keep the beach clean, provide emergency services, take care of stray and wild animals, provide our July 4th Fireworks, warn everyone of impending inclement weather from the wind and tides, and generally keep Tybee a safe and pleasant place to visit if we gave away free parking. Therefore, there is no free parking on Tybee!
Please review the information below which describes use of our Pay-and-Display parking system, which is enforced 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 365 days a year. Pay before you leave your car and leave your receipt on your car's dash.
Guide to Painless Parking
The City of Tybee Island has made the transition to Pay-and-Display equipment. The barrier gate systems have been removed as well as many of the traditional parking meters. The rates are $2 per hour, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. year-round, including weekends and holidays.
Visitors may purchase up to 3 days with a credit card at the Pay-and-Display machines.
Annual decals are available at Tybee Island City Hall for $150 ($125 for those 62 or older) and are valid for one year from month of purchase. Decals for residents expire with their tag. To qualify for a residential sticker, you must present a current, valid, state, vehicle registration indicating the code for tax purposes for the City of Tybee Island and showing that the ad valorem tax, if any, has been paid. In addition, documentation to establish proof of residency, such as a utility bill, voter registration, a local deed, or similar will be required along with the tag registration receipt.
A decal on your windshield entitles you to park in any legal space on the island without paying the parking fees, although time limits in some areas are still in effect, so you need to stay aware of the time if you are in a short term spot.
Decals are associated to a single vehicle, so to purchase, you must bring your paid tag registration, and the decals must be permanently affixed on the driver's exterior windshield in order to be valid. Motorcycle stickers are also available for the same fee and must be placed on the front forks of the bike for visibility to a parking officer. If you trade out your vehicle during the year, be sure to scrape off the decal, hopefully in close to a single piece, and bring it in to trade for a new sticker.
To Pay With Cash
- Machines will accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar coins.
- Insert coins in slot for time desired.
- Press print button.
- Pull receipt from slot and display on dashboard.
To Pay With Debit/Credit Card
- Minimum charge amount is for two hours.
- Press "+" button, press again to add more time (adds one hour at a time).
- When desired time is reached, press "P" (Next) button to confirm transaction.
- Insert and remove credit card with magnetic strip to the right.
- Pull receipt from hinged slot area and display on dashboard.
Table of Parking Fines
- Parking Against Traffic:Yes, you must park in the direction of traffic on your side of the road.
- Expired Time: If you park past the amount of time purchased, you will be fined.
- Fire Hydrant: Parking near a hydrant is a severe safety hazard in an emergency!
- Parking in Handicap Space: Disabled people have to pay as well - without a valid permit, you pay extra!
- No Readable Receipt: If Parking staff can see you have a receipt, but it isn't legible.
- No Receipt: A full day only costs a maximum of $24, depending on location.
- Prohibited Parking: Parking at a yellow curb or non-designated space or area.
- Late Fee: If you do not pay your fine before the due date, a late fee is assessed.
For a review of how plans to provide parking on the island have progressed, you can download the proposal created as part of a study in 2005.
Available lots and parking areas on Tybee Island
Download a general guide showing parking lots and major parking areas. Be sure to read the details of using parking kiosks and meters below to make sure you don't get a ticket! Remember, there is no free parking on the island!