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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ownership - boulevard parking is permitted whether entirely on the boulevard or partly on the boulevard and partly on private property.
- Fees - there is a one-time non-refundable processing fee effective January 1, 2020 of $309 including HST.
- 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.
- 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.
Parking during special events
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
Tim Hortons Field parking area maps (PDF, 1 MB)
Winona Peach Festival
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.
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