Tickets & Parking

Residential Driveway Access Permit

Hamilton Municipal Parking Services (HMPS) Operations

Updated July 13, 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 below, 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.
  • For all city employees, permits have continued to be renewed through payroll deductions or pre-authorized payment on the normal schedule. For employees who typically renew monthly in person, 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.

Enforcement of these parking regulations has resumed:

  • On Street Signed Time Limit Regulations such as 1, 2 and 3 hour time limits
  • Time limit exemption permits for City Streets with posted time limits
  • Un-plated vehicles
  • Certain Parking related regulations for vehicles with expired Ontario License Plate Stickers
    (Plates expired in 2019 or 2020 will be provided grace until Service Ontario resumes normal services)
  • Commercial Vehicle Time Limit Regulation

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 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.

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]