Tickets & Parking

Parking Meters

Hamilton Municipal Parking Services (HMPS) Operations

Updated July 13, 2020

Certain aspects of the City’s parking service were amended through the period from March 2020 to June 2020 as a result of the COVID 19 Emergency Declaration.  Except as noted below, parking operations and enforcement have returned to normal.

  • In person renewal of monthly permits at all Service Centres, including 80 Main Street West, is suspended until further notice.
  • For the general public, permits can be paid for over the phone utilizing a Visa or Mastercard by calling 905-540-6000, or by a 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.
  • For all city employees, permits have continued to be renewed through payroll deductions or pre-authorized payment on the normal schedule. For employees who typically renew monthly in person, permits can be paid for over the phone utilizing a Visa or Mastercard by calling 905-540-6000, or by a 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.

Enforcement of these parking regulations has resumed:

  • On Street Signed Time Limit Regulations such as 1, 2 and 3 hour time limits
  • Time limit exemption permits for City Streets with posted time limits
  • Un-plated vehicles
  • Certain Parking related regulations for vehicles with expired Ontario License Plate Stickers
    (Plates expired in 2019 or 2020 will be provided grace until Service Ontario resumes normal services)
  • Commercial Vehicle Time Limit Regulation

Regulations that remain suspended:

  • 12-hour time limit for parking on City Streets unless necessary to ensure traffic safety and/or community concerns.
  • In-person payment of parking fines is suspended until further notice. However payment can still be made online via 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.

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

 

On-street meters

  • Cost of all meters in the City of Hamilton is $1.50 per hour
  • Operational hours:
    • in Hamilton are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 9 pm
    • in Dundas are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Some meters in the downtown core are exempt from paying after 6 pm and/or free on Saturdays. Please check the parking meter while making payment which displays the operational hours on the front face of the meter to ensure compliance
  • The maximum amount of time for purchase varies by area. Please check the parking meter for the maximum time for purchase.
  • Some streets with meters contain morning and/or afternoon peak rush hour restrictions. Please check the parking meter and regulated signage in the metered area to ensure there is no restriction while parked
  • The City of Hamilton offers a 10 minute grace period after the paid time has expired

Pre-Christmas free parking

The City of Hamilton offers pre-Christmas free parking at select meters and lots across the city.

Pay and Display machines, or P&D machines, are multi-space parking pay machines found in most City car parks.

P&D machines are:

  • solar powered
  • have an electronic display
  • easy to use

After you park, pay for the amount of parking you need. You will get a receipt to put on your dashboard face up. If the machine is not working, use a different one.

The average daily parking rate in Hamilton municipal car parks is $5.58

Report repair and maintenance issues by:

You will need to report:

  • The location of the parking meter
  • The number on the parking meter
  • The location of the car park, if you are reporting a Pay & Display machine

Repair/maintenance of machines and meters

Technicians inspect the parking meters every day. Response time to repair a reported malfunctioning meter is under 24 hours.

If you received a parking ticket due to a malfunctioning meter or would like to dispute the fine, contact the Hamilton Municipal Parking System office Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm at 80 Main Street West, Hamilton. The entrance is off of Summers Lane, opposite City Hall.