Tickets & Parking

Parking Meters

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.

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.