Why are there different types of parking in my neighbourhood?
Depending on where you live, your neighbourhood could have many different types of parking. While suburban or rural areas have little requirement for on-street parking, downtown and urban areas generally require on-street parking for residents, businesses, and commuters.
Why is there “Parking by Permit Only” on my street?
In general, these parking zones have been established through a request by the residents of your street (via the municipal By-law P-1000 "On-Street Parking Exemptions and Permits", if you were curious). Each request of this nature is reviewed by municipal staff to determine if the particular street is suitable or this program. The intent is to manage the amount of on-street parking better in residential areas where demand is high from both local residents and commuters.
My street has time restrictions such as 2 hour parking. Am I able to purchase a permit to park on my street?
Before any permits are issued to commuters, residents are able to purchase a Residential Parking Exemption at a rate of $30/year. The exemption allows residents to override certain parking restrictions on your own street, including the "Parking by Permit Only" restriction. Each dwelling unit is entitled to one exemption, which can be registered to two vehicles. The exemption permit is interchangeable between two vehicles but can only be used in one vehicle at a time.
Where do service vehicles and visitors park?
If a street is deemed suitable for "Parking by Permit Only", a certain number of spaces (depending on the space available on the street) will be reserved for short-term visitors (one-hour or two-hour parking). For long-term guests, Visitor Parking Exemptions are available at Customer Service Centres at rates of $20/14 days or $5/day.
Which streets have Parking by Permit Only restrictions?
Parking permits in Zone A cost $40 per month. Zone A includes the following streets:
- Birmingham Street (24/7)
- Dresden Row (24/7)
- Rainnie Drive (24/7)
Permits for this zone cost $35 per month. Zone B includes the following streets:
- Falkland Street
- Maynard Street – south of Cornwallis
- Creighton St. (Cornwallis to Falkland)
- Williams Street
Permits for this zone cost $30 per month. Zone C includes the following streets:
- Davison Street
- Maynard Street (north of Cornwallis)
- West Street (west of Agricola)
- John Street
- Union Street
- Creighton Street (Cornwallis to Buddy Daye)
- Cornwallis Street
- Maitland Street (north of Cornwallis)
- Divas Lane
- James Street
- Woodill Street
- Fern Lane
- Bloomfield Street
- Harris Street
- Northwood Terrace
- Ontario Street
- Pacific Street
- Windsor Terrace
You can complete a Monthly Parking Application for a Parking by Permit Only zone and take it to a Customer Service Centre.
My street has commuter parking issues, but I don’t think Parking by Permit is the best option. Are there alternatives?
Yes. To eliminate all-day parking by non-residents, for example, it may be preferable to implement parking restrictions (e.g., No Parking 10AM - 11AM or 2 hour parking limits) before establishing a Parking by Permit Only zone.
Contact 311 if you wish to inquire about making changes to parking on your street.