Parking Information for Seacoast Beaches

Welcome to the Seacoast Parking. Metered parking is located throughout the coast along Route 1A from Hampton to Rye. Most spots are managed by multi-space pay stations with the exception of North Beach where there is a mixture of traditional coin operated meter heads and the multi-space pay stations. Spots managed by multi-space pay stations require a receipt to be posted on the dashboard of your vehicle.

If you would like to appeal your citation click here to access our online citation appeal form.


Meters are in operation from 8am – midnight seven days a week (including holidays).


Some parking spots along the coast use traditional parking meters and some use Pay & Display.  Hours of operation are 8 am to midnight, seven days a week (including holidays).
  • $1.00 per hour from April 1st through April 30th and after October 1st
  • $2.00 per hour from May 1st through October 1st

Using the Multi-Space Pay Station

The multi-space pay stations are located at cross walks, near beach entrances, or on the east side of the center lots. Signs indicating to “Pay Meter Here” are posted above the pay station. The pay stations accept cash and coins as well as credit and debit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover). Payment can be made at any pay-station; however the receipt must be placed face-up on the dash of your vehicle.

Pay Station Instructions ($2 minimum for credit cards)
  1. a: (if using credit card) Insert your card face up and remove quickly.
    b: (if using cash/coins) Insert exact amount as the machine does not give change ($1, $5, $10 and quarters). Skip to step 3.
  2. Press the $2.00, $6.00, or $12.00 to select the amount of time you wish to visit. You can select any combination of buttons and you can select the same button more than once.
  3. Press the green button to complete the transaction and print your receipt.
  4. Tear the receipt at the perforation and keep the small section for your records.
  5. Place your receipt face up on the dash of your vehicle.
*The cancel button will cancel your transaction.

    Using Coin-Operated Meter Heads:

    Spaces with coin-operated meter heads are located at North Beach in Hampton. You can pay the coin-operated meter with quarters or you can pay a near by pay-station and place your receipt on the dash of your vehicle.

    Leased Spaces

    There are designated spaces throughout the seacoast that are leased spaces. You cannot pay the meter and park in these spaces. If you park in these spaces, your vehicle will be towed. Please watch for these signs and avoid the leased spaces.

    Parking by the Carload

    Parking by the carload is available at Hampton Beach State Park (South Beach area) and Wallis Sands State Park.
    Fees are:
    • $15.00 per auto
    • $30.00 per RV/empty bus/van
    Hours of operation are from 8am - 6pm daily, hours are subject to change without notice.


    Parking citations will be issued for the violations listed below:

    Warning Citation $0.00 Motorcycle Parking Only
    Expired Meter $25.00 Length Limit
    No Receipt Displayed $25.00 Parked in Roadway
    Receipt Face Down/Unreadable
    Other (See Comment)
    No Parking Area
    Parked at Fire Plug $50.00
    White Line Violation
    Handicapped Placard Unreadable
    Handicapped Space Only
    Parking - Police Only

    Payments must be received for the citation within 15 days to avoid late fees. Payments can be made in person or through the mail.

    In Person: Mail: Online:
    180 Ocean Blvd
    Hampton, NH
    Division of Parks and Recreation
    PO Box 673
    Medford, MA 02155-0007
    Click here to pay

    Late Fees:

    Late fees will be assessed on ALL outstanding balances. Payments must be received no later than:

    Fee Date Assessed Amount added to outstanding balance
    #1 Day 16 $25.00
    #2 Day 41 $25.00
    Day 61

    If there is still an outstanding balance after 85 days, your account may be turned over to a collection agency.


    If you feel you have received a parking citation in error or have some reason why the citation should be voided, complete our online citation appeal form or print the Parking Citation Review Form (pdf) and mail it to the address provided. All appeals must be submitted on these forms and received within 60 days of issue date for consideration. Verbal appeals will not be accepted.

    Please note that the reasons listed below are not acceptable grounds for approving an appeal:
    • Just there a short time
    • Parked in the same area and did not receive a ticket before
    • Time constraints (Only a minute late)
    • Did not intend to do it
    • Someone else was using my vehicle
    • Did not see the sign
    • Did not know about the Hampton Beach parking regulations
    • Vehicle was unattended, not parked
    • No one else received a ticket
    • Lack of a valid parking space
    • Lack of a convenient parking space
    • Lack of funds or credit card
    • The fine amount is too high
    The appeal will receive an administrative review. You will be notified by mail or email of the determination. If the citation is deemed valid, you will be instructed on the grace period for receiving payment before late fees are assessed.

    For more information, visit Seacoast Parking Frequently Asked Questions.