The City provides municipal parking to help retain and enhance the viability of the city core, through support of local business, institutions, tourism and community-wide participation in social and cultural activities. To make parking part of the solution to the challenge of competing land uses, it must be both planned and controlled in conjunction with other modes of travel, including walking, cycling, public transit, and auto priorities.
The City maintains and administers a variety of parking options (including 4,000 parking spaces) and enforces parking regulations.
If you need help to find a spot to park, or you just wish to obtain information on the City's parking bylaws, please contact us.
Short-term parking options
On-street metered parking
The City administers about 1,400 on-street Pay & Display or metered parking spots. The maximum length of stay at meters varies from two to three hours and costs from $1 to $2 an hour.
Parking lots and garages
More than 20 City lots offer Pay & Display parking for $1 to $2 per hour (unless affected by Event Parking rules).
The Chown and Hanson parking garages rates vary depending on length of stay and time of day. Payment can be made through the automated payment systems (AutoPay) in the garages which allows drivers to pre-pay or pay-as-you-leave.
The Tap and Go payment options is available at both City garages allowing for payment by credit card or debit card at all exits. Cash payment is not accepted at exits, however can be made at the pay on foot stations located throughout the garages.
Near the Leon's Centre – See the Event Parking map.
The cost of parking increases in municipal parking lots as you get closer to the Leon's Centre, (1 The Tragically Hip Way) when events are scheduled. Signage with event parking rates, instructions and rules are displayed before and during scheduled events.
Event parking rates
- $6 flat rate – Barrack Street Lot, Drury Lot, King & Queen Lot, Frontenac Lot.
- $5 flat rate – Angrove Lot.
- $4 flat rate – Anglin and Springer lots
- $3 flat rate – Upper and Lower Robert Bruce Lots Chown and Hanson Parking garages are $1 per hour; Evenings daytime $3 maximum
Early payment for an evening event can be made after 2:30 p.m. (earlier in some lots). Please refer to signage in each lot for details. Payment for event parking is not required on Sunday.
Long-term parking options
Monthly parking permits are available at some City garages and lots from $74.75 to $128.75 (taxes included) a month.
Permits can be renewed online or in person at City Hall (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
On-street parking permit program
Payment for parking is not required on most residential streets in the Central area of the City. However many of these spots have time of day restrictions (Monday to Friday), typically prohibiting parking for 1 hour during the morning and afternoon.
The City offers a variety of on-street parking permits for residents, commuters and temporary visitors in several areas. If your parking needs can be met within the posted regulations a permit is not required. A limited number of permits are sold, subject to availability and the terms and conditions for each permit type (commuter, resident, and temporary).
Find out more on the On-street permits parking program page.
A number of accessible parking options are provided both on-street and off-street in parking facilities across the City for short term use. Find an Accessible Parking space downtown.
A registered accessible parking permit must be displayed in a vehicle using any designated accessible parking space. These spaces are signed with a regulation wheelchair symbol.
Parking in one of these designated spaces without this permit could result in a $300 fine.
If you have a provincially issued accessible parking pass and do not have access to any parking at your residence the City may be able to provide a reserved on-street space close by your home. Find out more about this program on the On-street parking program page.