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Use of commercial loading zones and lanes

Do not park in a commercial loading zone unless you have a permit.Any lane that is next to a commercial property, such as a store, hotel, restaurant, or parking lot, is classified as a commercial loading zone.

Under section 21.5 of Street and Traffic Bylaw 2849, it is illegal to stop in a commercial loading zone unless you have a commercial vehicle permit.

Exception to the rule

The exception to the no stopping rule is the area within the Burrard St, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and English Bay boundary.

Unmarked commercial lanes

Do not assume you can park in a lane because it is not marked with a commercial loading zone sign. Signs are not required in busy business areas, including:

  • Downtown
  • Broadway
  • West 4th Avenue
  • Kingsway
  • Kerrisdale
  • South Granville

Commercial vehicle privileges

Licensed commercial vehicles can:

  • Stop in commercial loading zones and commercial lanes for up to 30 minutes to load or unload materials
  • Stop in passenger zones for up to 30 minutes (until 12noon only) to load or unload materials
  • Use a metered space for free on any day up to 10:30am, excluding 7:00am to 9:30am rush hour zones

All drivers, whether in commercial vehicles or not, must obey No Stopping and No Parking signs, and other rules on leaving clearances at corners, lane intersections, and driveways.

Get a commercial permit

There are two types of commercial vehicle permits.

Find out:

  • What kind of permit you need
  • Documentation needed to get a permit
  • Where to buy your permit

Permit details