HRM has a number of initiatives designed to manage and provide access to on-street parking in residential areas. These include residential parking exemptions, visitor parking exemptions and monthly parking permits.
These initiatives are generally in areas with high demand for on-street parking from residents, commuters and customers.
Residents may acquire one residential parking exemption per dwelling unit which can be shared between two vehicles (one at a time). Vehicles with residential parking exemptions are exempt from the following restrictions on their street:
The residential parking exemption can only be used on vehicles owned by residents.
Residents living in buildings with five or more units are not eligible for a residential parking exemption.
Residential parking exemptions are available from HRM Customer Service Centres, cost $30 annually, and extend from June 1 to May 31.
The applicant for a residential parking exemption shall provide the following to the Permit Administrator:
Residents of streets eligible for residential parking exemptions are also eligible to purchase visitor parking exemptions. The fees for a visitor parking exemption are 1 day $5.00 and 14 day $20.00. These can be obtained by the resident at HRM Customer Service Centres.
The resident (who is required to be the applicant for visitor parking exemption) shall provide/present the following to the Permit Administrator:
Note: If the resident already has a residential parking exemption, the resident only needs to provide item 3 above, “Valid Certificate of Registration for the visitor’s vehicle or proof that the vehicle is duly registered in the province or state in which the owner of the vehicle resides” to apply for a visitor parking exemption.
Streets with areas designated "Permit Parking Only" only allow parking for holders of residential parking exemptions, visitor exemptions and monthly parking permits. This restriction applies between 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Such streets also have short term parking (one or two hour) for visitors.
Monthly parking permits can be purchased at a cost of between $25 and $40 at HRM Customer Service Centres. Permits go on sale on the 15th day of the month preceeding the month for which the permit is intended. There are a limited number of permits available for each street. Monthly parking permits can be purchased in increments of one, two or three months.
Streets where monthly parking permits are available for sale are: