Parking Permits

Purchase and manage your parking permit using the online parking permit portalParking permits can be managed online. Not sure where to start? Watch our tutorial video.

With the exception of the Annual Visitor Parking Permit, there is no need to physically display the permit in your vehicle - it is tied to your license plate.

Parking permit types

The municipality offers several different types of parking permits providing improved access to on-street parking to meet a diversity of customer requirements. By-law P-1200 "Respecting On-Street Parking Permits" outlines the availability of the following permit types:

Annual Resident Parking Permit

Who is eligible for an Annual Resident Parking Permit?

If you live on a street with the below parking restrictions, you may purchase an Annual Resident Parking Permit. All permits will expire one (1) calendar year after date of issue and cost $40 per year. You can apply online or from any Customer Service Centre.

The permit is available to anyone residing in their designated zone in a building with no more than four (4) dwelling units. Please note this pertains to the building as opposed to the civic address. Only one (1) permit will be issued per dwelling unit. The permit can be transferred between two (2) vehicles. Both valid vehicle permits must be provided when applying. The two (2) registered vehicles cannot be parked on street at the same time.

What do I need to apply?

To apply for an Annual Resident Parking Permit you must provide the following:

  • Completed and signed application form or online application
  • Valid photo identification
  • Proof of your residential address dated within 30 days from the date of application ( i.e. Utility bill, bank statement, government letter). Note: HRM Residential Tax bills alone do not constitute proof of address.
  • Valid Vehicle Permit(s)
    • If the applicant is not the vehicle owner, they must have a letter from owner stating permission to use vehicle or a signed authorized of vehicle use contract

Am I required to purchase a permit to park on my street?

No, it is not required for you to purchase a permit.

Will this permit guarantee me a parking spot on my street?

No, this does not guarantee parking on your street. This by-law allows for permit holders to park anywhere within their zone, which gives residents more options to find parking in their neighbourhood. Please see zone map to find your zone.

Am I able to park overnight during street cleaning with this permit?

No, parking permits do not exempt you from street cleaning signs, winter parking ban, or any other signage aside from that mentioned above.

Where does my Annual Resident Parking Permit allow me to park?

You are permitted to park in your zone at the following signage erected by the Traffic Authority:

  • permitting one hour parking;
  • permitting two hour parking;
  • permitting three hour parking;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in the morning or the afternoon;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in both the morning and afternoon;
  • prohibiting parking except by permit
Temporary Resident Parking Permit

Who is eligible for a Temporary Resident Parking Permit?

If your private driveway is temporarily blocked by municipal works, as determined by the Construction Supervisor, you will be given a Temporary Resident Parking Permit. There is no fee associated with this permit.

The resident must reside in a building with no more than four (4) dwelling units and have access to a private driveway. In the inspector's opinion, access to that driveway is, or will be, limited by the municipality or its contractors in the course of completing work for the municipality. There is no application process for this permit as they are provided solely at the Inspector’s discretion.

Annual Visitor Parking Permit

Who is eligible for an Annual Visitor Parking Permit?

An applicant who does not have access to a private driveway located on the property of the resident, residents that borrow or rent vehicles; and individuals that visit or provide services to residents (i.e. Victorian Order of Nurses, contractors, etc.). Annual Visitor Parking Permits are to be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle. All permits will expire one (1) calendar year after date of issue and cost $40 per year.

What do I need to apply?

  • Completed and signed application form via online or submitted in person
  • Valid photo identification   
  • Proof of address of the applicant dated within 30 days from the date of application ( i.e. Utility bill, bank statement, government letter). Note: HRM Residential Tax bills alone do not constitute proof of address.

Where does my Annual Visitor Parking Permit allow me to park?

You are permitted to park in your zone at the following signage erected by the Traffic Authority:

  • permitting one hour parking;
  • permitting two hour parking;
  • permitting three hour parking;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in the morning or the afternoon;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in both the morning and afternoon;
  • prohibiting parking except by permit
Monthly Commuter Parking Permit

Who is eligible for a Monthly Commuter Parking Permit?

Any resident that commutes to the Halifax peninsula or downtown Dartmouth is eligible. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The purpose of the Monthly Commuter Parking Permit is to increase access to on-street parking for commuters. "Parking by Permit Only" signs are located on selected streets in Halifax and Dartmouth. The permit can be transferred between two (2) vehicles, however only one vehicle can be parked on-street at any given time.

Permits are purchased monthly and are for sale starting the 15th of the month prior (or the next business day if the 15th is a weekend or holiday). The cost of a monthly permit depends on the zone:

Zone 1, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 $40/month
Zone 2, 5, 6, 10 $50/month
Zone 7, 8, 9 $60/month

What do I need to apply?

  • Completed online application
    • Commuter permits are only available online 
  • Valid photo identification
  • Valid Vehicle Permit(s)
    • If the applicant is not the vehicle owner, must have a letter from owner stating permission to use vehicle or a signed authorized of vehicle use contract

Where is Parking by Permit Only available?

Zone 4 - $40/month
Dartmouth Avenue - 8
Duffus Street - 4 
New! Hennessey Place - 5
New! Kane Place - 5
Union Street - 10

Zone 5 - $50/month
Bloomfield Street - 10
Fern Lane - 7
Gladstone Street - 3
McCully Street - 7
Northwood Terrace - 11
Ontario Street - 3
Pacific Street - 2
Russell Street - 3​
Windsor Terrace - 2

Zone 6 - $50/month
Ahern Avenue - 28
Artz Street - 2
Brunswick Street - 30
Cogswell Street - 29
Creighton Street South (Cogswell St to Falkland St) - 5
Creighton Street North (Buddy Daye St to Charles St) - 14
Cornwallis Street - 2
Davison Street - 8 
Divas Lane - 12
Falkland Street - 4
Harris Street - 5
James Street - 2
John Street - 14
Maitland Street (Prince William St to Divas Lane) - 18
Maynard Street South (Cogswell St to Cornwallis St) - 16
Maynard Street North (Cornwallis St to Buddy Daye St) - 16
Rainnie Drive - 35
West Street (Agricola St to Robie St) - 22
Woodill Street - 8

Zone 7 - $60/month
Church Street - 4
Queen Street - 7

Zone 8 - $60/month
Fenwick Street - 5
Gorsebrook Avenue - 12
Wellington Street - 5

Zone 9 - $60/month
Dalhousie Street - 4
Fraser Street - 5
Oakland Road - 20
Robie Street - 24

Zone 10 - $50/month
Cedar Street - 25
Cherry Street - 10
Henry Street - 6
Pepperell Street - 5
Shirley Street - 17
Williams Street - 12
Yale Street - 8

Zone 11 - $40/month
Bliss Street - 4
Cambridge Street - 15
Chestnut Street - 11
Larch Street - 10
Payzant Avenue - 4
Preston Street - 11
Walnut Street - 5

Zone 15 - $40/month
Acadia Street - 55
Mount Hope Avenue - 6

Will this permit guarantee me a parking spot on the street for which my permit is issued?

When trying to determine the number of permits to assign to a block, we look at the number of cars that will fit as well as the number of other permits issued that may compete for that space. While a Monthly Commuter Parking Permit does not guarantee parking on the street for which it is issued, we often adjust inventories so that permit holders can be reasonably certain they will get a spot.

Student Commuter Parking Permit

Who is eligible for a Student Commuter Parking Permit?

Any current registered student with valid ID issued at a post-secondary institution such as NSCC, NSCAD, SMU, DAL, Kings, MSVU, etc.

What do I need to apply?

  • Completed online application
    • Commuter permits are only available online 
  • Valid photo identification (including valid student ID)
  • Valid Vehicle Permit(s)
    • If the applicant is not the vehicle owner, must have a letter from owner stating permission to use vehicle or a signed authorized of vehicle use contract
Daily Contractor Parking Permit

Who is eligible for a Daily Contractor Parking Permit?

Businesses and contractors with a valid business license can purchase a Daily Contractor Parking Permit for $40 per day. There are a maximum of five (5) permits per business allowed each day. Permits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Permits are available from our online permit portal. Before applying for a permit, the business must first set up a contractor account. Once the account is created, the company can log on and purchase a permit, which they are able to do up to three (3) days ahead of time. If a permit is purchased for the current day, it becomes active immediately.

What do I need to apply?

  • To set up a contractor account, email the following to parking@halifax.ca: 
    • Contact information for the individual responsible for the account
    • Valid business license 
    • Valid Vehicle Permit(s)
      • If the applicant is not the vehicle owner, must have a letter from owner stating permission to use vehicle or a signed authorized of vehicle use contract

Will this permit guarantee me a parking spot?

No, this will not guarantee you a spot, but does exempt you from paid and hourly parking signage.

Where does my Daily Contractor Parking Permit allow me to park?

You can park in any paid parking zone with paid parking or hourly parking signage. Permits are valid for a single day only. The permit does not exempt from residential or permit only signage.

The by-law only applies to residents who require on street parking and does not mean that all residents require a parking pass in order to park on the street. Depending on the area, there may be no signs requiring any type of permit.

Parking zones will allow residents to find parking on other streets in their neighbourhood rather than being restricted to parking on their own street. This system also better accommodates residents who live on streets where some parking is displaced by construction, the installation of bike lanes and priority lanes for buses.

Parking permit zones

For permit parking, zones are numbered from 1-15. With the new Parking Permit Zone Lookup – Interactive Map users can zoom in and out to view specific parking permit zone boundaries and streets.

Common questions about permit parking

How do I purchase a permit?

You can purchase an Annual Resident or Annual Visitor Parking Permit by applying online or from any Customer Service Centre. Commuter and Student Commuter Parking Permits and Carshare Vehicle Parking Permit are available online only.

When do monthly commuter permits go on sale?

Commuter and Student Commuter Parking Permits (i.e., monthly permits) are released in the system at 7 a.m. on the 15th of the month or the next business day.

If I apply online, how will I know if my application is approved?

Once you've submitted your permit application, it will be reviewed and processed within five (5) business days. You will receive an e-mail informing you of the application result. Do not park until you have received approval to do so.

Do I need to display my parking permit?

Our permit parking system uses a digital permit. Digital permit means it is linked to your vehicle license plate(s).

The only permit type that must be displayed is the Annual Visitor Parking Permit, because it is not linked to any vehicle license plate. After your permit application has been approved, you have the option to receive your permit by mail or to pick it up at any Customer Service Centre.

Where am I permitted to park with my permit?

With an Annual Resident or Annual Visitor Parking Permit you are permitted to park at the following signage erected by the Traffic Authority:

  • permitting one hour parking;
  • permitting two hour parking;
  • permitting three hour parking;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in the morning or the afternoon;
  • prohibiting parking for an hour in both morning and afternoon;
  • or prohibiting parking except by permit

With a Monthly Commuter Parking Permit you are permitted to park at the following signage erected by the Traffic Authority:

  • prohibiting parking except by permit;
  • the permit is only valid for the street for which it was issued.
Where am I not permitted to park with my permit?

With a parking permit you are not exempt from the following signage erected by the Traffic Authority:

  • pay stations or paid parking zones street;
  • permitting fifteen-minute parking;
  • permitting thirty-minute parking;
  • Street cleaning signs;
  • Winter parking regulations;
  • No parking signs;
  • No stopping signs;
  • No Parking Except with Carshare Permit; 
  • Parking by Special Permit Only
  • Parking over 24 hours
  • Any other temporary parking controls as established by the Traffic Authority
I received a ticket but I have a parking permit. What should I do?

It is possible you may have incorrectly entered your license plate tied to the permit. Please check the web portal and then submit a ticket review form.

Does my permit exempt me from paid parking zones?

No.

Can I get a full or partial refund for my parking permit?

Parking permits are non-refundable. The cost of the permit shall not be refunded nor applied on a pro-rata basis regardless of whether it has become active.

 

How do I make adjustments to my parking permit?

Please see the Parking Permit Modifications webpage.

Which permit do I need?

Parking permits

Find the parking permit that best fits your needs
Annual Resident Parking Permit The street you live on has parking restrictions and you own your vehicle
Temporary Resident Parking Permit Your private driveway access is temporarily blocked by municipal works as determined by the Construction Supervisor
Annual Visitor Parking Permit The street you live on has parking restrictions and you rent or borrow vehicles. Also for residents that require regular visits or services provided by someone who does not live at your property or a company (i.e. VON, contractors, etc.)
Monthly Commuter Parking Permit Often for commuters, "Parking by Permit Only" signs are located on selected streets throughout the downtown core of the municipality. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis
Student Commuter Parking Permit The purpose of the Student Commuter Parking Permit is to increase on street parking access to students close to post-secondary educational institutions. “Parking by Permit Only” signs are located on select streets Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis
Daily Contractor Parking Permit You are a business or contractor that must park on-street for a full day.