Beach Parking

The City of Gulf Shores has the pleasure of offering residents with Hurricane Re-Entry / Beach Parking Decals free parking at all paid City public parking lots. 

Parking Pay Stations

The City of Gulf Shores operates a pay and display parking system in the following public beach parking locations:

  • Gulf Place (main public beach area)
  • East Gulf Place
  • West Gulf Place
  • West 6th Street
  • Little Lagoon Pass

Pay stations are in place from March 1 through November 30 each year. These pay stations accept cash and credit cards, however, do not issue change. Once a payment has been processed, a receipt will be printed showing the payment date. Patrons should display this receipt on the dashboard of their vehicle so parking attendants can easily identify relevant information. While individual parking spaces are not reserved, patrons may come and go with access to available spaces being granted for the valid date on the receipt.

Non-Resident Parking Fees

The parking fee at all locations is $5 for up to 4 hours or $10 per day. 

Residents Park for Free

Gulf Shores residents and property owners who have a valid Hurricane Re-Entry / Beach Parking Pass may park at all paid public parking locations without payment. Hurricane Re-Entry / Beach Parking Passes should be clearly displayed and affixed on the driver's side of the front windshield of the vehicle at the time of parking.

For more information about Hurricane Re-Entry / Beach Parking Passes, click here.

East Gulf Place Resident Only Parking Area

The East Gulf Place parking area has been reserved for Gulf Shores residents and property owners who have a valid Hurricane Re-Entry / Beach Parking Decal year-round. Those parking in this area without a current pass PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE WINDSHIELD are subject to towing and/or a fine. 

Other Public Parking 

There are many other public beach parking locations that do not require a fee. These locations operate on a first-come, first-served basis. View public beach access points and parking information.

For more information please contact the non-emergency police dispatch line at 251-968-2431 or email

*Overnight Parking is Prohibited on City Right-of-Way or Public Property*

  1. Gulf Shores Police Department

    Phone: (251) 968-2431