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Please review the following Frequently Asked Questions about the City's permit parking program.

Why do we need an on-street parking program?

The on-street parking program discourages all-day parkers from overcrowding residential streets in a high-demand neighbourhood. A large number of commuters can take up on-street spots all day on streets that do not have time of day restrictions. These users are typically commuters who work in the vicinity of an institution or a business where parking is in high demand. This creates parking challenges for area residents and their short-term visitors' parking needs. The on-street program is designed to address these concerns.

What does the on-street parking program consist of?

The on-street program has two components:

  1. The first component involves adding time-of-day restrictions to restrict parking for a period of time in the morning and afternoon (such as no parking between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday) to restrict all-day parkers.
  2. The second component of the program involves issuing a limited number of permits to exempt parkers from these restrictions.

What are the benefits of the on-street parking program?

The program frees up on-street spots for those in need of short-term parking, primarily residents and visitors. It also offers some controlled parking for commuters, if parking in off-street lots is not available.

Is the City of Kingston going to add parking on both sides of neighbourhood streets where parking is restricted to one side only?

No. The City is not proposing changes of this nature.

As a resident, am I required to buy an on-street parking permit to park on my street?

No.  Residents are not required to purchase a permit if they can work within the regulations that typically restrict parking for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on weekdays.  Parking on the street in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, and overnight (April 1 to November 30) or anytime on the weekends does not require a permit.  A permit is available for residents who wish to be exempted from the morning and afternoon week day time-of-use restrictions.

What is the cost of a residential permit?

The rate in effect is $30 a month (taxes included).

As of September 1, 2017 the residential parking permit rate will be reduced to $25 a month. Residents that do not have a driveway or on-site parking space will be eligible for a $12 a month on-street permit.

What is the cost of a commuter parking permit?

Commuter permits range from $80.85 to $121.28 depending on the proximity to institutions and businesses with high parking demands (commuter permits for areas closest to these institutions will be more expensive). These rates also factor in the cost of private parking available in the area. The on-street permits generally cost more than private parking to encourage parkers to use parking lots.

Construction contractors will be attending my residence to perform some work. How does the on-street permit affect them?

A weekly permit is available for residents to provide to visitors and/or contractors so they can park on the street without having to comply with the time of day restrictions. This permit fee is $12 (taxes included).

As of June 4, 2017 the City will be offering an expanded residential contractor permit for time restricted areas where residential repairs, maintenance and services are required on an ongoing basis. Contractor permits will not be issued for any new development or the renovation of any property with more than 3 units at one location. Those requiring permits for new development or renovation of 3 or more units should contact parkingonstreet@cityofkingston.ca or call 613-546-0000.

The permit fees will be $24 for 14 days (minimum purchase), $48 for 1 month, $162 for 4 months, and $486 for an annual permit.

Can I get a single-day exemption and what is the cost?

Single day exemptions are available free of charge by emailing contactus@cityofkingston.ca or by calling 613-546-0000 (Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Requests should be made at least one business day in advance.

Is the City planning to expand the program into other areas?

Yes, the City is considering expanding the on-street parking program to the residential areas around the Williamsville and Inner Harbour neighbourhoods in the fall of 2017.

What is the accessible residential on-street parking program?

The current rate for an accessible on street permit is $30 a month. (taxes included).

As of September 1, 2017 the rate will be reduced to $12 a month.

Am I eligible for a reserved accessible on-street parking space near my home?

To participate in this program you must have  a valid provincially issued accessible parking permit and demonstrate that your residence does not have any parking available to you.

If you would like more information about this program contact the City at 613-546-0000 or at contactus@cityofkingston.ca.

What is the cost of the reserved on-street accessible parking space?

The current rate for an accessible on street permit is $30 a month. (taxes included).

As of September 1, 2017 the rate will be reduced to $12 a month.


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