Tickets & Parking

Residential Boulevard Parking

Hamilton Municipal Parking Services (HMPS) Operations

Updated August 5, 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, 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.

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 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.


Also known as front yard parking, Residential Boulevard Parking allows residents of one, two and three-family dwellings to establish parking spaces in their front, side or rear yards. These parking spaces can be either partially or entirely on city road allowance. The road allowance includes a portion of the front yard at each residence in the City and the portion varies in size from home to home.

Residential boulevard parking alleviates parking difficulties for residents who live in older areas where there are few driveways.

There are currently almost 5,000 registered residential boulevard parking agreements.

Qualifications for a residential boulevard parking space

To qualify for a residential boulevard parking space, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Size - a minimum parking space of 2.7 m (9 feet) wide by 6 m (19.5 feet) in length is required. Where less space is available, the length of the driveway may be reduced depending on the size of the owner’s current vehicle that will be parked in the space. For rental properties, a minimum of 5.35 m (17.5 feet) is required. A minimum clearance of 25.4 cm (10 inches) is required between the rear of the parked vehicle and sidewalk.
  2. Ramp - an approach ramp not to exceed 5.7 m (18 feet) in width for a one or two family dwelling or 8 m (27 feet) in width for a three family dwelling may be granted for boulevard parking spaces. The cost of this construction is the homeowner’s responsibility and the price is determined by the City.
  3. Types of vehicles - all vehicles registered as non-commercial, passenger vehicles are allowed to park in residential boulevard parking spaces. Commercial vehicles such as trailers, boats or recreational vehicles are not permitted to park in these spaces.
  4. Proximity of fire hydrant - boulevard parking is not permitted where a vehicle would be parked within 0.91 m (3 feet) of a fire hydrant.
  5. Location - parking is allowed perpendicular to the City sidewalk only within the area immediately adjacent to the approved approach ramp so that access to the space cannot be gained from a neighbouring driveway.
  6. Ownership - boulevard parking is permitted whether entirely on the boulevard or partly on the boulevard and partly on private property.
  7. Fees - there is a one-time non-refundable processing fee effective January 1, 2020 of $309 including HST.
  8. Landscaping – a boulevard parking application cannot be approved if the proposed parking space(s) will result in less than 50% of the private front yard being landscaped. If the application is denied on this basis, the applicant may apply to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance to allow boulevard parking without meeting the City of Hamilton's Zoning By-law No. 05-200.
  9. City Trees - boulevard parking will not be approved if the proposed parking space is under the canopy of a City tree.

Once approval is given, an agreement must be registered on the title of the property. The agreement, among many other provisions, requires that the parking space be hard-surfaced with asphalt, concrete or a combination of the two.

Call 905-546-2489 if you have questions about existing driveway approaches and ramps.

Unauthorized parking on boulevards, side yards and front yards

Hamilton's By-law No. 16-009 includes a new way of enforcing vehicles illegally parked on boulevards and front and side yards of private properties. The by-law does not apply to rural or agricultural properties. 

While Parking Control Officers try to use discretion during all special events, the areas around Tim Hortons Field and Winona Peach Festival have been given specific time exemptions and parking is allowed four hours before an event starts until two hours after an event has ended. This by-law does not apply to rural or agricultural properties.

Tim Hortons Field

Parking maps for Tim Hortons Field during special events

Tim Hortons Field parking area maps (PDF, 1 MB)

Winona Peach Festival

Parking maps for Winona Peach Festival during special events

Winona Peach Festival parking area map (PDF, 547 KB)

How to file a complaint about an unauthorized parked vehicle

During weekdays, evenings and weekends, call the Hamilton Municipal Parking System Office at 905-540-6000. On Sundays from 5:45 am to 10 pm (including holidays), contact Hamilton Police Services at 905-546-4925.