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Hamilton Downtown Parking

Whether you shop, dine, do business or work in Downtown Hamilton, finding safe, convenient parking is easy and readily available for your convenience.


On-Street Parking

Over 800 on-street parking meters intended for short-term parking are available, most as low as $1.00. per hour. Parking meters in Downtown Hamilton are available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parking is FREE at on-street parking meters all day Saturday, Sunday, on Holidays and after 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday in Hamilton Downtown (area bordered by Queen, Cannon, Victoria, Hunter, and the commercial areas of James Street North and South). Look for the orange face plates.

On-street parking meter time limits range from 1 hour to 2 hours and provide a free grace period of 10 minutes after the paid time on the electronic meter has expired.


Here is some useful information about on-street parking meters:
  • Read the information printed on the meter for rates and restrictions before inserting coins.
  • Parking meters are in effect Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parking meter time limits range from 1 hour to 2 hours.
  • Parking meter rates are $1.00 per hour.
  • Parking is free at on street meters on Saturdays in the Downtown (the area bordered by Queen, Cannon, Victoria, Hunter, and the commercial areas of James Street North and South). Look for the Orange Face Plates inside the parking meters.
  • For free Pre-Christmas parking, be sure to read the information on the parking meter dome.
  • Rush Hour areas can be identified by looking for signs, reading the information plate in the parking meter dome and by a yellow sticker on the parking meter post.
** Please remember that existing parking regulations must be obeyed.


Off-Street Parking / Municipal Car Parks

You'll also find clean and safe facilities, easy 24-hour access and security patrols are some of the features and sevices that Hamilton offers at the 18 surface car parks and 2 covered parking facilities in the Downtown Core.

Take advantage of some of the municipal car parks where the all day parking fee is only $4.00. Pay and Display machines are located in these car parks to purchase your parking receipt. Remember to always clearly display your parking receipt face up on the dash! To find, view and/or download a PDF map for Downtown Car Park locations, rates and related information, click to see the Downtown Parking Map.

Monthly parking may be available in selected municipal car parks. For availability or further information, call a Customer Service Representative at (905) 540-6000.


Quick Facts
  • The average Daily Rate in Hamilton municipal car parks is $5.58 compared to the Canadian average of $13.77.**
  • The average Monthly Rate in Hamilton municipal car parks is $56.76 compared to the Canadian average of $155.99.**
  • There are 800 short-term on-street parking meters for your easy access.
  • Parking is FREE at most on-street parking meters after 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Look for the orange face plates inside the meters.
  • Most on-street parking meter rates are as low as $1.00 per hour.
  • There is a 10 minute grace period after the paid time has expired at on-street electronic parking meters.
  • There are 18 municipal surface car parks and 2 covered municipal car park facilities for a total of 3254 parking spaces.
  • There are several municipal car parks with rates as low as$0.50 per hour.
  • There are several car parks with a Daily Rate of only $4.00.
  • There is FREE on-street parking from November 24th to December 24th.
 * Victoria to Queen/Cannon to Hunter and James from CNR tracks to Charlton
** Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Brampton, Kitchener and Winnipeg


 

 

 

  Contact Information
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
80 Main Street West
(entrance on Summers Lane)
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: (905) 540-6000
Email: parking@hamilton.ca

  Online Services

  Things You Need to Know
  • Parking Tickets
  • Hamilton Downtown Parking
  • Driveways and Approaches
  • Commercial and Residential Boulevard Parking
  • Parking Meters and Pay & Displays

  Most Requested Info
  • Online Ticket Payments
  • Parking Tickets
  • Municipal Car Parks
  • Parking Regulations and Bylaws
  • Parking Permits