Residential Parking

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit

Holiday Closures
February 10, 2016 - 10:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.


Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Rules for parking on your property

Rules for parking on your property, as per the Zoning By-law 05-200, include:

  • Parking on or over sidewalks or on a boulevard between the sidewalk and roadway is not permitted.
  • Vehicles must be parked on an approved surface such as concrete, asphalt or gravel. It is a violation to park a vehicle on the front lawn. Vehicles should be parked on a driveway or on the street where permitted.

If water is running from your neighbour's driveway onto your property or your neighbour is building their driveway on your property, contact Building Services at 905-546-2424 ext. 2720. Driveway disputes may be a civil matter.

The Private Property Parking program allows you to report vehicles parking on your property without your consent. Vehicles may be ticketed or removed at the expense of the vehicle owner.

How to report illegally parked vehicles

During weekdays, evenings and weekends, call the Hamilton Municipal Parking System Office at 905-540-6000. On Sundays from 5:45 am to 10 pm (including holidays), contact Hamilton Police Services at 905-546-4925.

Signage required to support enforcement on private property must be suitably posted on all properties except:

  • operating farms and the lands
  • single dwellings
  • duplexes
  • triplexes
  • on areas not set aside for the parking of motor vehicles (i.e., grass)

Signage may be displayed in an:

  • Entranceway plan – all access and exit points must be signed with a 24 by 30 inch sign
  • Interior plan – a sign must be posted in view of the vehicle illegally parked

If you own a residential property with three or more dwellings, call 905-540-6000 for information about proper signage and forms that allow us enforce.

If you own a residential property with less than three dwellings, signage is not necessary, but we can advise on authorization forms that may need to be completed.

Enforcement of this by-law is provided on a complaint basis. The following people can request enforcement:

  • Property owner,  including spouse or same sex partner - require photo ID
  • Authorized agent of the owner – require authorization letter and photo ID
  • Property manager –require business card and photo ID
  • Occupant – require lease or letter and photo ID; agreement must include parking spaces if property is not wholly leased
  • President of the Board,  Condominium Corporations – require photo ID
  • A person who has legal authority - require photo ID
  • Uniformed security officer - uniform is their identification

During morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, there is a high volume of activity around schools. To improve safety around schools, parking regulations are enforced such as:

  • No Parking – No parking means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when standing temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
  • No Stopping – No stopping means the halting of a vehicle, even momentarily, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer, traffic control sign or signal.
Violation Early payment within 7 business days Set fine
within 15 calendar
Past Due Penalty Notice + $10 within 45 calendar days  Affirmation + $25
within 75 calendar days
Plan denial + $2
Expired meter $19 $24 $34 $59 $61
Parking unauthorized on private property $35 $50 $60 $85 $87
Parking unauthorized in accessible parking spot $300 $350 $360 $385 $387
Parking in a No Parking area $26 $33 $43 $68 $70
Parking in a No Stopping area $60 $75 $85 $110 $112
Parking in a No Stopping Fire Route area $80 $100 $110 $135 $137
Parking within 3 metres of a fire hydrant $60 $75 $85 $110 $112

Also known as front yard parking, Residential Boulevard Parking allows residents of one, two and three-family dwellings to establish parking spaces in their front, side or rear yards. These parking spaces can be either partially or entirely on city road allowance. The road allowance includes a portion of the front yard at each residence in the City and the portion varies in size from home to home.

Residential boulevard parking alleviates parking difficulties for residents who live in older areas where there are few driveways.

There are currently almost 5,000 registered residential boulevard parking agreements.

To qualify for a residential boulevard parking space, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Size - a minimum parking space of 2.7 m (9 feet) wide by 6 m (19.5 feet) in length is required. Where less space is available, the length of the driveway may be reduced depending on the size of the vehicle that will be parked in the space. For rental properties, a minimum of 5.35 m (17.5 feet) is required. A minimum clearance of 25.4 cm (10 inches) is required between the rear of the parked vehicle and sidewalk.
  2. Ramp - an approach ramp not to exceed 5.7 m (18 feet) in width for a one or two family dwelling or 8 m (27 feet) in width for a three family dwelling may be granted for boulevard parking spaces. The cost of this construction is the homeowner’s responsibility and the price is determined by the City.
  3. Types of vehicles - all vehicles registered as non-commercial, passenger vehicles are allowed to park in residential boulevard parking spaces. Commercial vehicles such as trailers, boats or recreational vehicles are not permitted to park in these spaces.
  4. Proximity of fire hydrant – boulevard parking is not permitted where a vehicle would be parked within 0.91 m (3 feet) of a fire hydrant.
  5. Location – parking is allowed perpendicular to the City sidewalk only within the area immediately adjacent to the approved approach ramp so that access to the space cannot be gained from a neighbouring driveway.
  6. Ownership – boulevard parking is permitted whether entirely on the boulevard or partly on the boulevard and partly on private property.
  7. Fees – there is a one-time fee effective January 1, 2015 of $229.70 (including HST). A $20 (plus HST) fee is due every year for insurance and administrative costs. This fee is added to your property tax bill.
  8. Landscaping – a boulevard parking application cannot be approved if the proposed parking space(s) will result in less than 50% of the private front yard being landscaped. If the application is denied on this basis, the applicant may apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance to allow boulevard parking without meeting the Zoning By-law No. 05-200.
  9. City Trees – boulevard parking will not be approved if the proposed parking space is under the canopy of a City tree.

Once approval is given, an agreement must be registered on the title of the property. The agreement, among many other provisions, requires that the parking space be hard-surfaced with asphalt, concrete or a combination of the two.

Call 905-546-2489 if you have questions about existing driveway approaches and ramps.

Hamilton's By-law No. 16-009 includes a new way of enforcing vehicles illegally parked on boulevards and front and side yards of private properties. The by-law does not apply to rural or agricultural properties. 

Parking during special events

While Parking Control Officers try to use discretion during all special events, the areas around Tim Hortons Field and Winona Peach Festival have been given specific time exemptions and parking is allowed four hours before an event starts until two hours after an event has ended. This by-law does not apply to rural or agricultural properties.

Tim Hortons Field

Parking maps for Tim Hortons Field during special events

Tim Hortons Field parking area maps (PDF, 1 MB)

Winona Peach Festival

Parking maps for Winona Peach Festival during special events

Winona Peach Festival parking area map (PDF, 547 KB)

How to file a complaint about an unauthorized parked vehicle

During weekdays, evenings and weekends, call the Hamilton Municipal Parking System Office at 905-540-6000. On Sundays from 5:45 am to 10 pm (including holidays), contact Hamilton Police Services at 905-546-4925.

Through highways are designated roadways that prohibit parking from 2 am to 7 am every day of the year. Parking is restricted to allow street maintenance such as street cleaning, catch basin cleaning and minor road repairs. There is not a permit available to exempt you from this restriction. There are signs posted at all major entrances to the City advising of this regulation. Each individual street is not signed.

A through highway may be described as a major artery within the City of Hamilton indicated by the following:

  • Rush hour signage indicating No Stopping 7 to 9am or 4 to 6pm
  • No Parking - Snow Route signage
  • HSR bus stops

Map of No-Parking, Through Street or 2 am to 7 am parking regulation. View the map of affected streets.