Tickets & Parking

Residential Driveway Access Permit

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 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.

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.

If you want to park on your own property, the Residential Driveway Access Permit allows you to:

  • establish a new driveway approach
  • modify an existing driveway approach or culvert entrance

Permits will not be approved if the location is underneath the canopy of a City tree.

You will need to call 905-546-2489 to start the application process. Once your application is submitted staff will contact you.

Once you receive approval from the City, you will be given:

  • a quote to install a concrete driveway approach or culvert entrance
  • a list of authorized bonded contractors that you can contact for installation

Do not put asphalt on the road to create or extend a driveway approach ramp. Putting any material on the roadway without authorization from the City is against Hamilton’s Streets By-law No. 86-077. You will be subject to a fine up to $5,000 and all costs for removing the material.

Follow these rules for driveway approach widths:

  • Single vehicle driveway approaches are 4 metres (13 feet) wide.
  • Multiple vehicle driveway approaches can be up to 8 metres (27 feet) wide.
  • The standard width of a culvert platform entrance (not the pipe) is 6 metres (20 feet) for residential properties.
  • Your driveway must be 0.91 metres (3 feet) away from a fire hydrant or hydro pole.
  • The City of Hamilton has a 50% green space requirement under the Zoning By-law No. 05-200. You cannot pave your entire front yard. 

Repairs and maintenance of existing driveway approaches

If you have questions about existing driveway approaches or ramps such as repairs, maintenance or estimates for widening, contact Roads Operations and Maintenance by:

Phone: 905-546-2489
Email: [email protected]