Loading and passenger zones

Stopping in loading and passenger zones for anything other than loading or unloading passengers and materials is illegal under Steet and Traffic Bylaw 2849.

Loading zone and passenger zone signs without times or days are in effect 24 hours a day, including holidays.

Loading zones

Under section 21.3 of Street and Traffic Bylaw 2849, loading zones can be used to unload:

  • Passengers for up to 3 minutes
  • Materials for up to 30 minutes

 NOTE: Loading zone rules only apply to regular loading zones, not to commercial loading zones.

Passenger zones

Passenger zones are located in front of areas where large groups of people are being dropped off or picked up, including hotels, theatres, night clubs, and community halls.

Under section Section 21.1 of Street and Traffic Bylaw 2489, passenger zones can be used to:

  • Load or unload passengers for up to 3 minutes


Motorists displaying a valid permit for people with disabilities - a SPARC placard - can park in non-commercial loading zones, and passenger zones, for up to 30 minutes while loading and unloading passengers and materials.

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Commercial loading zones and lanes

Know the regulations for commercial loading zones and lanes, including the rules both commercial and non-commercial vehicles must follow.

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Street & Traffic Bylaw

Regulates traffic, the use of streets, and the size and weight of vehicles that are permitted to travel on City of Vancouver streets.