On-Street Parking

Real Time Paid Parking Availability Map

Pre-plan your trip downtown! This map shows overall paid parking utilization by zone in real time. Use this data to determine which zones should have available parking capacity, making it easier to find a spot when you arrive.

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Pay Stations 

On-street parking is a pay-by-plate, pay-by-zone system. There is a mixture of paid, permit, and hourly parking in parking zones.

The on-street pay stations allow for payment by coin, debit card, credit card, and smartphone. Payment is attached to your vehicle (by your license plate), not the parking space. This means your vehicle can move freely within the parking zone up to the time purchase or maximum time allowed.

How it works:

When looking for on-street paid parking in areas that have historically had meters, look for these signs and note your pay parking zone. Zones are listed on parking signage and are letters A through J.

Once parked, you can find your nearest pay station to pay using coins, debit/credit (tap only), or smartphone. You can also use the HotSpot app on your mobile device to pay (download it on the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android). HotSpot is a third party app that has partnered with CALE Canada to provide our parking solution. Users can opt for a per-transaction fee of $0.10, a monthly fee of $2.00, or an annual fee of $20.00. The HotSpot app is offered as an alternative method to manage parking sessions, however it is not required to park on street. 

Tip: You will need to know your license plate and parking zone to initiate a parking session using a pay station or HotSpot. Note your license plate in your phone or write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in your purse or wallet so you don't forget.

Parking using a pay station for the first time? Follow these steps:

Press any button to start, Select payment type, Enter plate and zone, Enter Time, and Select Payment.
  1. Press any button to start - The screen on the parking station may be black. Press any button to start your session.
  2. Select payment type - If you're paying with coins, select "coins". If you're paying with tap debit/credit or smartphone, select "tap card".
  3. Enter plate and zone - Type the license plate number for the vehicle using the keypad. The zone you are in is already selected. If purchasing time in a different zone, press the "select zone" button, backspace the current zone letter, and type the letter of your zone.
  4. Select time - You can select time in 15 minute, 30 minute, or 1 hour increments. Press the "next" button once you have entered your time. Press confirm if the time and payment due displayed are correct.
  5. Make payment - Paying with coins: add coins when screen displays "Insert coins to pay total fee and Confirm". Press confirm when Payment Due reads $0.00. Note: Pay stations do not provide change. Please use exact coins.

    Paying with tap: press confirm when the screen displays "Please confirm and Tap Card when instructed". Tap card when screen reads "TAP card below and wait processing to complete".

On-street parking rates:

Where on-street paid parking is available, it is divided up into parking zones. Parking rates are based on time-of-day demand within the parking zones. Rates vary by zone and time can be purchased in 15-minute increments for all zones.

On-Demand Parking Rate Table

On-Demand Parking Rate Table effective May 29

The map displays the parking zones. Click the map for a high-res version.

The map displays the parking zones. Click the map for a high-res version.

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Donate to United Way

Year round, citizens can make a donation to United Way Halifax using any parking pay station. To make a donation, simply select "Help/Info" from the home screen and then opt for "Donation".

Common questions

When do I have to pay for parking?

Paid parking is in effect 8a.m. to 6p.m. Monday to Friday. Parking is free on weekdays after 6p.m., on weekends, and on most holidays.

How do I pay for parking?

You can pay for parking at the nearest pay station or by using the HotSpot app. You will need to know your license plate to initiate a parking session. Pay stations accept coins, debit and credit (tap only), or smartphone. 

Can I "top up" or add to my parking session?

Yes. You can add time to your parking session from the HotSpot app or any pay station.

Do I have to park in front of or beside a pay station?

No. Paid parking areas are clearly signed. Look for paid parking signage indicating where you can park and the paid parking zone. Ensure you are not parked in areas marked with “No Parking”, “No Stopping”, or “Loading Zone” signage to avoid getting a ticket.

How do I know if I must pay to park on the street and how do I know where to go to pay?

Signs are installed on the streets where payment is required. For pay station locations, please refer to the pay station location map here. Please note that placement of a pay station does not always mean the area is a paid parking zone. Before you park, please ensure to check for paid parking signage.

Do I have to use HotSpot to park?

No. Motorists can register their parking session at the nearest pay station with just their license plate. HotSpot is a third-party app with subscription and/or usage fees that has partnered with CALE Canada to provide our parking solution. You do not need to download HotSpot to park on street. 

How much does it cost to use the HotSpot app?

HotSpot users can opt for a per-transaction fee of $0.10, a monthly fee of $2.00, or an annual fee of $20.00.

How do I get a receipt for parking?

You can visit this website to receive a receipt.

What can I do if a pay station is not working?

If a pay station is not working, try another nearby pay station or the HotSpot app. Please note you are still responsible for payment of your parking session. You may report the pay station issue by calling 311 or sending an email to contactus@311.halifax.ca.

What can I do if there’s a problem with my HotSpot app?

Contact the service provider via its website, mobile app, or call 1-855-712-5888 (toll-free). Please do not call 311 to report issues with the mobile application. 

What is HotSpot’s Data and Privacy Policy?

HotSpot's policy can be found on their website.  If you have specific questions about the use of your data please contact HotSpot directly via email.

How long can my commercial vehicle park on-street?

Commercial vehicles can be parked on-street for no more than two (2) hours without moving. To determine if your vehicle is a commercial vehicle, please refer to the Motor Vehicle Act or Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Is my information stored securely?

Halifax Regional Municipality treats license plate data with the utmost security. The municipality takes a number of steps to protect license plate data and requires that subcontractors who hold or process the data take protective steps, too. Those steps include restricting access to information to authorized personnel, data encryption, secure storage protocols, and regular audits.

In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act, SNS 1998, c 18, the personal information collected to administer this program will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals and/or organizations under service contract with the municipality for purposes relating to parking services.

If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the Access & Privacy Office at 902-943-2148 or privacy@halifax.ca.