On-Street Parking

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.

To propose a change to the on-street parking regulation in your neighbourhood, you will need to follow the petition process, on a block to block basis.

Parking restrictions are able to be applied to one side of the street only if it’s desired and meets the on-street parking needs.

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

These are the steps involved in requesting a petition to propose 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 to obtain guidance and a recommendation on which parking restriction would best address the concern. Based on this discussion, parking staff will prepare a petition identifying all addresses impacted by the proposed change to the on-street parking regulation(s) and deliver to the requestor.
  3. Circulate the petition: The requestor is responsible for circulating the petition to those listed on the petition. A minimum of 66% of the identified addresses must reply to the petition by filling out the supplied form. A minimum of 51% of the residences impacted must vote in favour of the proposed change for the City to implement. Once the petition is complete the requestor returns the petition to Parking Staff.
  4. Staff will present the recommendation to Council for the by-law amendment.
  5. 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: parking@hamilton.ca

Alternate Side Parking - Parking is restricted to one side of the street and alternated from side to side twice per month.  For the months of December through March parking is kept to one side of the street without alternating to allow for ease of snow removal operations.

No Parking Zone - No Parking is permitted in the signed area. A vehicle is permitted to stop momentarily such as to pick up or drop off a passenger.

No Stopping Zone - No Stopping is permitted in the signed area. A vehicle is not permitted to stop even momentarily in the signed area.

Parking Time Limit - Restricts on-street parking to a permissible time limit of 1, 2, or 3 hours. If the street is experiencing a high volume of non-resident parking this regulation is suitable for restricting non-resident parking while allowing for resident visitor parking. Time limit parking can be in effect on a full or part-time basis. Visitor parking is allowed for the duration of the signed time limit. Residents are able to purchase time limit exemption permits to allow for longer duration resident on-street parking.

Permit Parking - Restricts on-street parking to permit holders only. This regulation is very restrictive and suitable for restricting non-resident parking, however due to the nature of the restriction if there’s a desire to allow for visitor parking a parking time limit regulation is more suitable. The Permit Parking regulation prohibits anyone without a permit from parking on specific streets. Visitor parking is not allowed in permit parking areas, but loading and unloading is allowed.

Parking Prohibited - Reserved Permit Parking for Resident with a MTO Accessible Parking Permit. Find more information about Accessible Parking Permits.

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, 2017 is $84.07 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 parking@hamilton.ca.

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: parking@hamilton.ca