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Testing of the system will occur from June 10 to June 24, 2024. During the week of June 24, the Town will introduce a business permitting system. In the first week of July, the Town will use a “special event” parking fee during the July 3 and July 6 concerts.

Schedule of Pay-to-Park Implementation:

June 1 to June 9, 2024
Installation of the parking system.

June 10, 2024
Testing of the pay-to-park system goes live.
The Taos Parking Division will test its enforcement system.
Warnings for parking violations in active lots will be issued.
Businesses should instruct their employees to park in Couse, Loretto, or Municipal parking lots.

June 10 to June 20, 2024
Signage will be posted around parking lots.
Employee and business parking will be available in Couse, Loretto, or Municipal lots at no charge.

June 20, 2024
Fines for parking violations will be enforced.

June 24, 2024
Business permitting is expected to go live on taosnm.gov for the Couse, Loretto, and Municipal lots.

July 3 and July 6, 2024
Special event fees to be tested.

July 9, 2024
Evaluation of the parking system, update given to Taos Town Council.

Parking Information:

Parking Daily Rates:
First hour: $2.00
Additional hours: $1.50
Maximum per day: $12.00

Parking Rates for RVs, Trailers, and Oversized Vehicles:
$15 per day in the Loretto Park Lot.

Paid Parking Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm at all parking lots.

Customers can pay with cash, debit, or credit card at any of the parking kiosks found at the parking lots. Alternatively, you can text “Taospark” to 25023 or follow the signs to scan a QR code located at each parking lot to pay through the Town of Taos parking app. Each lot will have its own text-to-pay code.

There is a credit card processing fee.
Exact change only.

Holiday Rates:

Special Event Rates:
$15.00 one-time fee to be applied to Town Hall / Taos Public Library Lot, Couse Lot, and Loretto Lot. Hourly rates do not apply. Businesses with permits are allowed to use their allotted parking lots.

  • July 3, 2024
  • July 6, 2024
  • August 24, 2024
    *Dates subject to change.

Other Special Events:
A hybrid parking rate structure may be implemented with different lots offering special event parking and other lots offering normal per-hour rates. More information will be released during those special events.

Special event parking is for a 24-hour period from 8 am the day of the event to 8 am the next day.

All-day special event parking will be $15.00.

Annual Permits for Business:

Businesses located in the historic district of the Town of Taos are eligible to apply for a parking permit for their employees. Businesses can choose to have their permits at Couse, Loretto, or the Municipal lot.

  • $21 one-time processing application fee. (Non-refundable)
  • $25 per month per license plate.
    Unused parking permits are not refundable.

Businesses can apply for their parking permits at www.taosnm.gov. Once Town of Taos staff validate that an active business license is in good standing, businesses can use a self-service online portal to manage employees’ license plates. Businesses will designate a fleet manager who will handle inputting employee license numbers, payment, and account management.

Only businesses located in the designated parking area of the Historic District* are eligible for a business parking permit. Individuals and businesses located outside the designated zone are not eligible for a parking permit at this time.

Free Parking:
Free parking can be found at Kit Carson Park, the Town of Taos Library, and Town Hall during regular business hours and non-special event days.

Parking Violations:
Parking violation will be fined $25.00 per citation, that will be due within 30 days. Fines will be doubled to $50.00 after the first 30 days of the citation being issued. Fines must be paid at the Town of Taos Utility Billing Office or Taos Police Department located at Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571, or through the online processing system.

All other parking and traffic violations still apply.

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