Tickets & Parking

Parking Meters

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.