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Beach and Boat Ramp Parking
Beach Parking (Effective May 15, 2023)
For Residents & Nonresidents on a First-Come, First-Served Basis
Starting Monday, May 15, 2023, nonresidents must pay to park in all shoreline lots in West Haven by using a “Pay for Parking” smartphone app.
Nonresidents can pay to park by scanning the QR code on the Premium Parking sign in each lot or texting the lot code to 504504. Both options will connect them to the Premium Parking website to complete the transaction. Nonresidents can also download the Premium Parking app on the Apple or Google app stores.
The daily parking fee for nonresidents is $5 per hour, or $30 per day, payable by credit card only. A nonresident seasonal parking pass for $250 is also available.
Parking is FREE for residents, provided their vehicles, including motorcycles and new, leased or military-exempt vehicles, are registered in West Haven and they are not delinquent on their motor vehicle taxes. A “new” vehicle means it was registered in West Haven after Oct. 1, 2022.
Taxpayers can check if they owe back taxes and make a payment at Tax Collector.
The city is transitioning from using beach stickers to license plate numbers for proving that vehicles are registered in West Haven. Residents’ license plate numbers are registered in a tax office database. Each parking lot is equipped with a license plate scanner.
Beach parking lots are for use by both residents and nonresidents on a first-come, first-served basis. The lots are: Oyster River, South Street Upper, South Street Lower, Dawson Avenue, Sea Bluff, Bradley Point, Rock Street, Oak Street, Palace Street, Altschuler Boulevard and Sandy Point, as well as the April Street boat launch.
Parking violators will receive an invoice of at least $100 — a $100 citation, plus a fee for the amount of time they were parked — from Premium Parking, the New Orleans-based company contracted with helping West Haven develop a digitally driven paid parking program along the shoreline.
When using the app to pay to park, please follow the step-by-step process in the video.
Nonresident Parking Pass (Valid January 1-December 31, 2023)
Nonresident seasonal parking passes are processed through the mail — once your information is received and processed, your pass will be mailed to you. Passes can also be purchased in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St., or on the Premium Parking smartphone app.
To buy a 1-year parking pass, which expires Dec. 31, 2023, send or bring in a copy of your driver’s license, a copy of your registration for the vehicle the pass will go on, and a $250 check payable to the City of West Haven. Cash is also accepted, but for walk-ins only.
Mail your information to:
City of West Haven
355 Main St.
West Haven, CT 06516
Attention: Marissa Franco, Department of Human Resources
Hours of Operation
All parking lots are open from 6am to 1 hour after sunset.
To protect and enhance outdoor air quality and contribute to the health and well-being of all residents and visitors to City of West Haven owned or controlled outdoor facilities:
Smoking will be prohibited at all City-owned outdoor recreational facilities, including playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches, beach parking lots and parks.