Tickets & Parking

On-Street Parking

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 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.

You may park your vehicle on a street where permitted. Posted signs will indicate where parking restrictions and/or conditions apply.  Where there are no posted signs the parking is unrestricted. Unrestricted parking areas are still subject to any and all other by-laws which are not typically posted such as no overnight parking on through streets, intersection and crosswalk clearances, 12 hour parking, etc. 

Any vehicle parked in a metered spot must have paid the meter and must not exceed the maximum time limit posted for that spot.

How to propose a change to the on-street parking regulation

These are the steps involved in requesting an on-street regulation change in your neighbourhood:

  1. Identify the street/block where you would like to see the change.
  2. Discuss with parking staff: The requestor should discuss the parking problem with staff. Parking staff will review the parking regulations and, if warranted, recommend changes in the form of a by-law update to Council.
  3. Once Council approves the on-street parking regulation changes, the by-law is updated and on-street parking signs are changed.

How to contact parking staff:
Phone: 905-540-6000
Email: [email protected]

Permit Parking Zones Permit

The purchase of this parking permit is specific to the street address it is for and does not entitle permit holders to park their vehicle on arterial streets. It does not guarantee that a parking spot will be available at a specific location.

Parking Time Limit Zones Permit

The city is divided into Time Limit Exemption Zones; the purchase of this type of permit exempts the permit holder from all signed time limits in the zone purchased. The purchase of a Parking Time Limit Zone exemption permit does not entitle permit holders to park their vehicle on arterial streets.It does not guarantee that a parking spot will be available at a specific location.

All other parking by-laws and pay-parking fees still apply to permit holders.         

Criteria for permit parking and time limit parking:

  • The yearly fee for permit parking and time limit parking as of January 1, 2020 is $90.26 plus HST per permit. This rate is subject to change.
  • Your permit must be renewed before January 1 of each year. We recommend you renew by the middle of December.
  • Permits are issued only to passenger vehicles or commercial vehicles registered with the Ministry of Transportation as "Personal use only".
  • The address on your vehicle ownership must match your current address where there are parking regulations.
  • You must live on a one, two or three unit dwelling on or abut the street with the permit parking regulation or time limit parking to apply for a permit.
  • The universal 12-hour parking time limit for all City streets applies to permit holders.
  • Permits are not issued to any vehicle:
    • over 4500 kilograms
    • over 6.4 metres (21 feet) in length
    • that has dual rear wheels or tandem rear axles
    • that is a tow truck
    • that is a bus, or a bus converted for other use
    • that is not a motor vehicle
  • Permits do not provide an exemption to the No-Parking, Through Street or 2 am to 7 am parking regulation.

To inquire about obtaining a parking permit please call 905-540-6000 or email [email protected].

Home Care Services Parking Permits are available for residents who are confined to their home and require essential services. These permits allow health care service workers to park their vehicle in a permit parking zone for up to two hours.

How to apply

To apply for a Home Care Services Parking Permit you will need to:

After submitting parking staff will contact you.

Street parking on through Highways

Through highways are designated roadways that prohibit parking from 2 am to 7 am every day of the year. Parking is restricted to allow street maintenance such as street cleaning, catch basin cleaning and minor road repairs. There is not a permit available to exempt you from this restriction. There are signs posted at all major entrances to the City advising of this regulation. Each individual street is not signed.

Find Through Streets with Parking Restrictions in your neighbourhood

Browse the map to determine Through Streets with Parking Restrictions in your neighbourhood. The red roads indicate Through Streets which are enforced. The green roads indicate Through Streets which are not enforced, where overnight parking is permitted.


Contact us

If you have any questions about on-street parking regulations or parking permits, contact:
Phone: 905-540-6000
Email: [email protected]