Residential Parking on Private Property

Rules for parking on your property

Rules for parking on your property, as per the Zoning By-law 05-200, include:

  • Parking on or over sidewalks or on a boulevard between the sidewalk and roadway is not permitted.
  • Vehicles must be parked on an approved surface such as concrete, asphalt or gravel. It is a violation to park a vehicle on the front lawn. Vehicles should be parked on a driveway or on the street where permitted.

Driveway disputes with neighbours

If water is running from your neighbour's driveway onto your property or your neighbour is building their driveway on your property, contact Building Services at 905-546-2424 ext. 2720. Driveway disputes may be a civil matter.

How to report illegally parked vehicles

The Private Property Parking program allows you to report vehicles parking on your property without your consent. Vehicles may be ticketed or removed at the expense of the vehicle owner.

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.

Signage

Signage required to support enforcement on private property must be suitably posted on all properties except:

  • operating farms and the lands
  • single dwellings
  • duplexes
  • triplexes
  • on areas not set aside for the parking of motor vehicles (i.e., grass)

Signage may be displayed in an:

  • Entranceway plan - all access and exit points must be signed with a 24 by 30 inch sign
  • Interior plan - a sign must be posted in view of the vehicle illegally parked

If you own a residential property with three or more dwellings, call 905-540-6000 for information about proper signage and forms that allow us enforce. If you own a residential property with less than three dwellings, signage is not necessary, but we can advise on authorization forms that may need to be completed.

Enforcement of the by-law

Enforcement of this by-law is provided on a complaint basis. The following people can request enforcement:

  • Property owner,  including spouse or same sex partner - require photo ID
  • Authorized agent of the owner - require authorization letter and photo ID
  • Property manager - require business card and photo ID
  • Occupant - require lease or letter and photo ID; agreement must include parking spaces if property is not wholly leased
  • President of the Board,  Condominium Corporations – require photo ID
  • A person who has legal authority - require photo ID
  • Uniformed security officer - uniform is their identification