PARKING INFORMATION



Parking Map
The following link (map icon below) will show all on street and off street parking regulations.  Simply click on the map to find the hours of operation and restrictions. 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
Contact Information
 
Much of the parking within the downtown is a joint effort of the Police Department's Traffic and Records Divisions.  The contact information below should be used based on your topic.
 
Defective Pay Stations & Meters
Police Desk 908-272-2222
 
Permit Questions
Records Division 908-709-7350 or 908-709-7348
 
Summons - Court Date
Court 908-709-7249
 
Summons Payment
Payment can be made in person at the municipal court or online.
 
Meter Rates/Parking Locations
Traffic Division 908-709-7335 or 908-709-7336
 

Locations

The following link is for a map showing the locations of municipal parking lots and garage in the downtown.  Parking Location Map  (Adobe PDF Reader required).  Additional information is listed below:

 

Parking Rates/Hours of Operation
Lot #1 Springfield Avenue & North Union Avenue 3 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Permit / Overnight
Lot #2 Cranford Crossing Parking Garage 4 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Pay Station / 12 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Permit / 12 Hour Permit / 24 Hour Permit / Overnight

Lot #3

Next to and behind Cervantes Restaurant 3 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Permit
Lot #4 South Avenue Train Station 12 Hour Permit
Lot #5 Municipal Building 1 Hour Time Limit
Lot #6 High Street 12 Hour Pay Station / 12 Hour Permit
Lot #7 Miln Street 3 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Permit / Overnight
Lot #8       PSE&G South Avenue 12 Hour Permit - Residents Only with special permit
Lot #9 Orange Avenue Pool
Lot #10 Centennial Avenue near Calabria Pizza 3 Hour Time Limit
Lot #11 Alden Street 3 Hour Pay Station / 9 Hour Permit
Lot #12 Library/Recreation Center Lot 4 Hour Time Limit
Lot #14 Centennial Avenue & Lincoln Avenue 3 Hour Time Limit  / 9 Hour Permit
Lot #16 Centennial Avenue Pool
Warner Plaza North Avenue Train Station 3 Hour Pay Station
Post Office Plaza
North Avenue West
 1 1/2 Hour Pay Station
Eastman Plaza
 North Avenue at Clock
 1 1/2 Hour Pay Station
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The cost for meter/pay station parking is $.25 per ½ hour. Parking meter enforcement is from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The only exceptions are the 12 hour parking lots 4, 6, and 8 as well as the parking garage which begin enforcement from 5:30 a.m.  Parking is prohibted in all parkings lots, garage, and streets in the business district between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. without an overnight or 24 hour permit.  Meters and Permits are not required on Sundays or Holidays.
 
Legal Holidays for 2014:
• January 1, 2014: New Year's Day
• January 20, 2014: Martin Luther King Day
• February 12, 2014: Lincoln's Birthday
• February 17, 2014: Presidents' Day
• April 18, 2014: Good Friday
• May 26, 2014: Memorial Day
• July 4, 2014: Independence Day
• September 1, 2014: Labor Day
• October 13, 2014: Columbus Day
• November 4, 2014: Election Day
• November 11, 2014: Veterans' Day
• November 27, 2014: Thanksgiving Day
• December 25, 2014: Christmas Day
 
Parking pay stations accept coins, $1, $5, $10, and $20bills, Credit Cards, and Smart Cards.  Individual parking meters accept coins and tokens.     
 
On street parking meters are limited to 1 1/2 hour and municipal parking lots range from 3 to 12 hour limits.


Smart Cards
The Smart Card is a pre-paid, debit card that can be used in Pay Stations instead of coins or currency.  There is also no expiration date for the value on the cards.  The refillable cards are available ($20 Minimum)  at the Police Records Division.  Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card.  Smart Cards can be recharged from the Police Records Division and rechargeable from every Pay Stations.  The Police Records Division is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
 



 

Parking Permits
 
Parking permits are issued by the Police Records Division.  Permits are offered for 9, 12, and 24 hour times.  Overnight permits are also available for downtown residents.  The following link can be used to obtain a Parking Permit Application. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. 
 
12 Hour Permits:  These permits are used in Lots 4 and 8 as well as the garage and on street locations at High Street and Chestnut Street.  Permits are sold annually or semi-annually.  The yearly cost is $600 for residents and non-residents in lots and on street.  The garage permits cost $600 for residents and $780 for non-residents. 
 
9 Hour Permits:  These permits are available for Lots 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, and 14 as well as on street locations at Eastman Street and Miln Street.  Permits are sold annually or semi-annually.  The yearly cost is $500.  These permit holders are permitted to use a 9 hour meter space at no charge if a permit space is not available.
 
24 Hour Permits:  These permits are available for the parking garage and allow 24 hour use for an annual rate of $800.
 
Overnight Permits:  These permits allow downtown residents to park in Lots 1 and 7 as well as the garage from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. for an annual rate of $200.
 
9 Hour Permit $500 a year
12 Hour Permit (Resident) $600 a year
12 Hour Permit (Non-Resident) Lot & Street $600 a year
12 Hour Permit (Non-Resident) Garage $780 a year
24 Hour Permit $800 a year
Overnight Permit $200 a year
 

Meter Parking 
 
Meter parking is handled by the Police Traffic Division.  Meter parking is offered in 1 1/2, 3, 4, 9, and 12 hour limits.  Check meters and pay stations for actual limits and enforcement times.  Meter feeding is not allowed.  A vehicle can not be parked in the same parking space for longer than the posted time limit.  For example, a car parked at a 3 hour meter can not be at the same space for more than 3 hours.  If longer term parking is needed you must utilize 9 or 12 hour meter spaces.
 
1 1/2 Hour Meters:  These meters are allocated to on street locations near stores for high turn over by shoppers.
 
3 Hour Meters:  These meters are allocated to municipal parking lots and off street locations.  These spaces should be used by shoppers and visitors needing extra time for their visit.
 
4 Hour Meters:  These meters are allocated to the municipal parking garage.  These spaces should be used by shoppers and visitors needing extra time for their visit.
 
9 Hour Meters:  Daily 9 Hour meter parking is available in the parking garage for 50 cents per hour or $4.50 daily.  These spaces should be used by downtown employees.
 
12 Hour Meters:  Daily 12 Hour meter parking is available in Lot 6 as well as the parking garage for 50 cents per hour or $6 daily.  These spaces are meant for commuters.
 

Residential Parking Permits

Certain streets are designated as "Residential Permit Parking Only".  These streets are marked with signs that restrict parking by time limit or alternate side.  Residents on these streets may obtain a Residential Permit from the Records Division for no cost.  The following link can be used to obtain a residential parking permit.  These permits are only valid for the specific street the person lives on and can not be used in another residential zone.
 
Each home is also allowed to obtain a maximum of three visitor parking permit hang-tags.  These visitor permits can be used up to seven consecutive days by a bonafide guest of the household.
 

Persons with Disability Placards and Plates
 
How to Obtain a Temporary Placard
  • Obtain an application from the Cranford Police Department Records Division or download the form from this link Temporary Placard Application.
  • You must have your doctor certify that you need the placard.
  • Return the completed application to the police department with a check or money order for $4 payable to Motor Vehicle Commission.
  • Upon payment and review/approval by the Police Chief, the police department will issue your temporary placard.
 
How to Obtain a Permanent Placard or Plates

How to Renew Your Placard
  • Temporary placards can only be renewed once for no more than six months.
  • Permanent placards must be renewed every three years.
  • You will be automatically mailed the renewal form for a permanent placard (If you do not receive your renewal form, contact an MVC Agency).
      For additional information on Handicapped Placards and Permanent Plates visit the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.
 
 

 

Last Updated:  12/04/14
 
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