Tickets & Parking

Residential Parking on Private Property

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.

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.

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