Tickets & Parking

Municipal Parking By-laws

Hamilton Municipal Parking Services (HMPS) Operations

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.

  • Payment will be required and enforced at all parking meters and lots. The first 30 minutes at meters will be free until further notice.
    As a security measure, payment will still be required for vehicles parking in the Convention Centre Garage and the York Parkade

  • In person renewal of monthly permits at all Service Centres, including 80 Main Street West, is suspended until further notice.
  • For the general public, all permits must be renewed for the month of June if your March, April or May permit has or is set to expire. Permits can be paid for over the phone utilizing a Visa or Mastercard by calling 905-540-6000, or by cheque dropped through the mail slot located at the front entrance of 80 Main Street West location. A Customer Service Representative will assist you in the mailing out or pick-up of your permit. Your current permit will continue to be honoured in all municipal parking lots until May 31, 2020.
  • For all city employees, your permit will continue to be renewed through payroll deductions or pre-authorized payment on the normal schedule. For employees who renew monthly in person at any of our service centres, May and June permits can be paid for over the phone utilizing a Visa or Mastercard by calling 905-540-6000, or by cheque dropped through the mail slot located at the front entrance of 80 Main Street West location. A Customer Service Representative will assist you in the mailing out or pick-up of your permit. Your current permit will continue to be honoured in all municipal parking lots until May 31, 2020.

  • In-person payment of parking fines is suspended until further notice. However payment can still be made online via www.paytickets.ca 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.

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.

Hamilton has several by-laws that provide safe streets and better traffic flow throughout the City.

You should be familiar with the by-laws to understand your responsibilities and avoid getting a ticket. 

Any vehicle parked in a municipal parking lot must pay the required fee unless otherwise noted by signage. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you do not pay for parking.

Read about Hamilton’s Respecting Municipal Parking Facilities By-law No. 01-216 (PDF, 145 KB)

You cannot stop or park your vehicle on a fire route or obstruct a fire route in any way. If there is a fire route on your property, you must maintain the fire route. Any expenses incurred by the City to maintain a fire route on your property will be applied to your property taxes. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you are parked on or obstructing a fire route.

Read about Hamilton’s Fire Route By-law No. 01-217 (PDF, 116 KB)

You may only park your vehicle on a street where permitted. Any vehicle parked in a metered spot must have paid the meter and must not exceed the maximum time limit posted for that spot. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you do not comply with posted parking restrictions.

Read about Hamilton’s On-Street Parking By-law No. 01-218 (PDF, 336 KB)

You cannot park your vehicle in any park between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. You can only park your vehicle in a park while you are using the park. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you do not obey parking signs posted in the park.

Read about Hamilton’s Municipal Parks By-law No. 01-219 (PDF, 139 KB)

You cannot park your vehicle on private property unless you have permission from the property owner. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you do not have permission to park on private property. 

Read about Hamilton’s Parking on Private or Municipal Property By-law No. 01-220 (PDF, 115 KB)

Enforcing vehicles illegally parked on boulevards and front and side yards of private properties. Discretion used by Officers during all special events around Tim Hortons Field and Winona Peach Festival, This by-law does not apply to rural or agricultural properties.

Read about Hamilton's By-law No. 16-009 To Regulate Unauthorized Parking on Boulevards, Side Yards and Front Yards (PDF, 460 KB).