Residential Parking

Heat Alert
September 4, 2015 - 3:22pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has called a Heat Warning effective beginning September 5, 2015. A Heat Warning is issued when hot weather conditions are expected to last for 2 days. For more information, visit

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has called a Heat Warning effective beginning September 5, 2015. A Heat Warning is issued when hot weather conditions are expected to last for 2 days. For more information, visit

Holiday Closures
September 4, 2015 - 4:04pm

Labour Day September 7, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.

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

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, September 7.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • 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, September 7.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, September 7.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, September 7. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, September 7. 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, September 7.


Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum &, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, August 3.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Friday, September 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 5 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, September 6 - Closed
  • Monday, September 7 - Closed
  • Tuesday, September 8 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labour Day.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit:

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-CITY (2489)
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-CITY (2489) or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, and will reopen Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, September 7. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

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, September 7, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

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 Violations

Online payments can be made at:

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 (see addresses above) 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

Online payments can be made anytime at:

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, September 7

Spray Pads

All spray pads, except for the Village Green Spray Pad, are open this weekend.

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.

To report illegally parked vehicles:

  • Weekdays, evenings and weekends*, call the Hamilton Municipal Parking System Office at 905-540-6000
  • *Sundays from 5:45 am to 10 pm (excluding 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 Conviction + $16 Plan denial + $20
Expired meter $19 $24 $40 $60
Parking unauthorized on private property $35 $50 $66 $86
Parking unauthorized in accessible parking spot $300 $350 $366 $386
Parking in a No Parking area $26 $33 $49 $69
Parking in a No Stopping area $60 $75 $91 $111
Parking in a No Stopping Fire Route area $80 $100 $116 $136
Parking within 3 metres of a fire hydrant $60 $75 $91 $111

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.

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