Tickets & Parking

Municipal Car Parks

Hamilton Municipal Parking Services (HMPS) Operations Update - March 24, 2020
As the City of Hamilton continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, certain aspects of the City’s parking service have been amended to assist with the needs of the community, such as self-isolation, working from home, and caring for others, while continuing to ensure road safety, availability of parking, and safe traffic circulation. Starting on Wednesday March 25, the City will also be modifying its parking services in response to the provincial order respecting essential services.

Parking Lots and Parking Meters

  • Enforcement of payment at Parking Meters and Municipal Car Parks will no longer continue.
  • As a security measure, payment will still be required for vehicles parking in the Convention Centre Garage and the York Parkade.

Monthly Permits and On-Street Permits

  • In person renewal of monthly permits at all Service Centres, including 80 Main Street West, is suspended until further notice. Permits will continue to be renewed by phone 905-540-6000 or email [email protected] for further information.
  • For any permits that are scheduled to expire at the end of March or April 2020, the deadline for renewals will be extended to April 30, 2020.
  • All pre-authorized payments for monthly permits will continue to be processed based on the normal schedule.
  • All on-street regulation change requests will be suspended until further notice.

Payment of Fines and Disputing of Fines

  • In-person payment of parking fines is suspended until further notice. However payment can still be made online via or by mail as printed on back of tickets. Note that administrative fees will still be applied to unpaid tickets.
  • Disputing of a parking fine in-person is suspended until further notice. The public can continue to dispute a parking fine by email [email protected] or phone 905-540-6000. Additional Information pertaining to the applicable administration fees, amount increases, and dispute process can be found on the Penalty Notice.

Parking Enforcement
Until further notice, enforcement of the following parking regulations has been suspended:

  • 12-hour time limit for parking on City streets.
  • On-street signed time limit regulations such as 1, 2 and 3 hour time limits in residential areas.
  • Time limit exemption permits for City Streets with posted time limits.
  • Parking related fines for vehicles with expired Ontario License Plate Stickers.
  • Commercial Vehicle Time Limit Regulation for vehicles that may need to remain on street during this time.

The above parking offences may still be enforced in exceptional circumstances where a significant traffic safety, and/or of community concern exists. This includes No Stopping and No Parking Offences. Parking Enforcement Officers will continue to have discretion to use enforcement tools as necessary to ensure the safe and orderly movement of vehicles in the city.

Staff will continue to enforce parking regulations at highly visited public sites, such as Waterfalls.

Enforcement that may result in the towing of vehicles is being limited to priority safety concerns inclusive of blocked driveways/approaches.

For any inquires relating to these services, contact [email protected] or 905-540-6000.

The City of Hamilton has 63 municipal car parks and two parking structures for a total of 4,681 off-street parking spaces. All City-owned parking lots are labelled with the green "P". Not all public parking lots are owned by the City of Hamilton.

The off-street municipal car parks are unattended. These lots are first-come, first-served.

  • The two parking structures are operated by cashier and pay at the machine.
  • Each parking lot has either parking meters or pay and display machines.
  • Coins are the predominant method of payment.
  • You must display your ticket.;
  • If you do not have your ticket displayed, you are required to pay for the day's parking or be subject to a Parking Infraction Notice. No refunds will be issued.

Find a municipal car park near you

To find a municipal car park near you, enter an address or intersection into the search box.


Note: Parking rates subject to change. Special event rates are as posted.

Car Share parking

The Hamilton Municipal Parking System provides nine parking spaces in seven locations where the public can access Car Share vehicles.

Learn more about the Community Car Share.

Carpool parking

Preferential carpool parking is provided to employees of the Smart Commute Network. Carpool parking spots are located in:

  • several municipal lots
  • other partner organizations
  • private parking lots

Learn more or apply for a Carpool Parking Permit.

Monthly parking passes

Monthly parking passes are available for select municipal car parks.

Contact us to inquire about a monthly pass:
Phone: 905-540-6000
Email: [email protected]

Most car parks operate from Monday to Saturday (excluding Sunday and holidays).