Parking in Bar Harbor will be much different this year, as the permit and paid parking will go into effect May 15 through October 31 in downtown areas.

According to the new rules, permit parking will be required between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following streets: Ash Street, Atlantic Avenue, Billings, Avenue, Brewer Avenue, Bridge Street, Center Street, Davis Place, Derby Lane, Edgewood Street, Federal Street, First South Street, Glen Mary Road, Greeley Avenue, Hancock Street, High Street, Kennebec Avenue, Kennebec Place, Ledgelawn Avenue, Livingston Road, Maple Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Newton Way, Norris Avenue, Oliver Street, Park Street, Pleasant Street, Rodick Street, School Street, Shannon Road, Shannon Way, Snow Street, Spring Street, Stanwood Place, Waldron Road, Wayman Lane, West Street (Eden to Holland on the South Side) and Streets between Cromwell Harbor Road, Kebo Street and Eden Street where parking is not otherwise prohibited.

There will be 15-minute parking (without a permit) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the following areas:

  • Cottage Street -  four spaces on the north side directly in front of the post office and two spaces on the north side between Ash Place and Holland Avenue.
  • Mount Desert Street - one space on the north side across from Jesup Library.

Applications for permits will be done online. Permit application will be obtained, completed and managed through the IPS Group Portal. Permit approvals will be done during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits will be good for one season.

Parking permits will not be required on the 4th of July and parking enforcement on Sundays May 15 - October 31 will be between the hours of noon and 8 p.m.

Permit Types

Resident Vehicle Permit - A resident whose vehicle registration is within the Town of Bar Harbor and pays excise tax to the Town of Bar Harbor shall be eligible for one free seasonal permit parking permit for each registered vehicle. You will need to have a valid driver's license and proof of current excise tax and registration in the Town of Bar Harbor.

Employee Vehicle Permit - Any employee residing outside the Town of Bar Harbor who is an employee of a Bar Harbor business shall be eligible to apply for a seasonal parking permit. Cost - $30 plus transaction fees. You will need to have a valid driver's license, proof of current excise tax and registration and a pay stub or signed letter from employer.

Non Resident Vehicle Permit - Any person who does not qualify for the Resident Vehicle Permit but who owns residential property and pays property tax to the Town of Bar Harbor shall be eligible to apply for a Non Resident Property Owner Permit - Cost - $150.00 plus transaction fees. You will need to have a valid driver's license, proof of current excise tax and registration  and proof of property ownership such as a tax bill or utility bill.

Commercial Fishing Permit - Any person who fishes commercially shall be eligible to apply for a Commercial Fishing Permit; limited to 1 parking space per commercial mooring. Limited to 30 per year. Cost $5.00 plus transactions fees. You will need to have a valid driver's license, proof of current excise tax and registration , proof of property ownership such as a tax bill or utility bill and proof of mooring registration.

Municipal Employee Permit - Any Municipal Employee shall be eligible to apply for a Municipal Parking Permit for parking in the Municipal Building Kiosk Lot. Cost - $0. You will need to have a valid driver's license and pay stub or signed letter from employer.

Bed and Breakfast Permit - Any Bed and Breakfast owner who requires on street parking for guests only in the "Permit Parking Only" designated areas shall be eligible to apply for a Bed and Breakfast Permit. Cost - $750.00 per permit plus transaction fee. You will need to have proof of property ownership within the Town, such as tax bill or utility bill, proof of lodging ownership with a. Parking spaces available on premises and b. Number of beds or sleeping accommodations.

Guest of Resident Permit - Any guest of a resident who requires a permit for on street parking shall by eligible to apply for a Guest Resident Permit for parking in "Permit Only Parking" for a period of 1 day. Fee - $5.00 plus transaction fees. You will need proof of property ownership such as a tax bill or utility bill and number of parking spaces available on premises.

Resident Recreational Boater Permit - Any resident recreational boat owner shall be eligible to apply for a Resident Recreational Boater Permit for parking in the boat trailer parking spaces in the Newport Drive Parking Lot. This permit has a 1 day duration. Cost - $24.00 plus transaction fees. You will need  a valid driver's license, proof of property ownership within the town such as a tax bill or utility bill, proof of current excise tax and registration and proof of mooring registration.

Contractor/Dumpster Use of Space Permit - Any contractor shall be eligible to apply for a Contractor/Dumpster Use of Space Permit where there is a verifiable lack of private property area to complete a physical improvement to the property under an approved Building permit. This permit is limited to a 5 day duration. Cost - $24.00 per space per day. you will need proof of property ownership within the town such as a tax bill or utility bill,  proof of current building permit.

Special Events Permit - Any person shall be eligible to apply for a Special Events Permit for any event requiring the blocking off of 1 or more paid parking spaces. This permit has a 1 day duration. Cost - $24.00 per space blocked. Need to have proof of resident/business/lodging ownership and parking spaces available on premises.

Hospital Permit - Up to 350 permits shall be issued for hospital employees to park only in the Hospital zone (Hancock, Wayman, Oliver, Center and Livingston Streets) No more than 45 permits shall be eligible for on street parking at any one time. Parking spaces are not guaranteed. Cost $1750 annually.

College of the Atlantic Student Permit - Any College of the Atlantic student shall be eligible to apply for a student parking permit to park in the "Permit Parking Only" areas. Cost $30.00 plus transaction fee. You will need to have a valid driver's license, proof of current excise tax and registration and valid student ID card.

Home Business/Weekly Rental Permit - Any business owner/weekly rental business owner shall be eligible to apply for a Home Business/Weekly Rental Permit for on street parking for guests in the "Permit Parking Only" areas. Cost - $750.00 per permit plus transaction fees.  You will need proof of property ownership within the town such as a tax bill or utility bill, proof or resident/business/lodging ownership, parking spaces available on premises and number of beds or sleeping accommodations.

Municipal Guest Permit - These shall be issued through the Finance and Police Departments to accommodate parking for guests attending meetings or conducting Town business with Town staff. These permits shall be valid for both kiosk and metered spaces and have a one-day duration.

Permit holders must follow the appropriate payment and parking rules if parking within a metered or kiosk area.

Paid Parking Areas

Location of areas for paid parking (meters and kiosks)

  • West Street - from the Town Pier to Eden Street (except South side Eden to Holland)
  • Cottage Street - from Main Street to Eden Street
  • Mount Desert Street - from Main Street to Ledgelawn Avenue
  • Main Street - from West Street to Park Street
  • Main Street RV Parking (Ballfield)
  • Firefly Lane
  • Rodick Place
  • Bridge Street Parking Lot
  • Backyard Parking Lot
  • Kid's Corner Parking Lot
  • East Municipal Building Parking Lot
  • Central Parking Lot
  • Grants Park
  • Newport Drive Lot
  • Town Pier Parking Lot.

Rates for Paid Parking

1. Paid parking is $2.00 per hour and is restricted to 1-2 hour and is restricted to 1- 2 hour session for each vehicle in the following meter locations A) On Main Street from West Street to Hancock Street B) On Cottage Street from Main Street to Rodick Street; C) On West Street from Main Street to Bridge Street D) On Mount Desert Street from Maine Street to Kennebec Street E) On Firefly Lane - All Spaces

2. The fee of $2.00 per hour in the following parking lots  - Backyard, Central Parking, Grants Park, Newport Drive and the Town Pier.

3. The fee of $1.50 per hour on all metered areas not listed in 1A above all remaining kiosk areas on the streets and parking lots.