Having a car in Vancouver means knowing about traffic, where
you can park, and sometimes tickets.
Parking meters are in effect 9am to 10pm every day, including holidays.
Important Do not park at a broken meter. You will get a ticket.
- Is typically 1 or 2 hours
- Gets shorter as demand for parking increases
- May be combined with restricted resident parking
- Vary based on demand
- Are adjusted annually based on data
- Can be paid using the PayByPhone app External website, opens in new tab
Parking at parks
- Overnight parking is not allowed
- Paid parking is managed by EasyPark External website, opens in new tab
Vehicles with a SPARC permit External website, opens in new tab may:
- Use designated accessible parking spaces
- Park for up to 3 hours in restricted resident parking zones
- Load and unload passengers and materials in non-commercial loading zones and passenger zones
Designated spaces are:
- Marked with:
- Green-topped meters
- Motorcycle parking signs
- White painted zones
- 50% less than regular parking meter spaces on the same block
Loading zones can be used to unload:
- Passengers for up to 3 minutes
- Materials for up to 30 minutes
Passenger zones can be used to load or unload passengers for up to 3 minutes.
You may replace your permit decal, whether your:
- Car has been damaged
- Licence plate or address has changed
- You misplaced your decal
If you have a permit but do not display a decal on your vehicle, you will get a parking ticket.
If you move out of a permit zone, you may qualify for a pro-rated refund:
- Check that you have more than 30 days left on the permit.
- Remove the permit decal from your vehicle.
- Return the decal in person.
7 days before your moving day, apply for a temporary permit to park a moving truck at reserved parking spaces or meters.
You will need the:
- Existing parking regulations (reserved parking or meters)
- Date and time the space is needed
If you live in a permit zone, you may qualify for a short-term or visitor permit for a:
- Courtesy vehicle
- Rental vehicle
- Borrowed vehicle
- Hired contractor
- Out-of-town visitor
Pay within 14 days and get 40% off the full amount. Review your ticket for dates and what you owe.
You may also pay by phone, in person, or by mail.
If your vehicle was towed, you must pay towing fees directly to the towing company.
View photos taken by the bylaw officer:
- If you have a question about a parking ticket
- Think the ticket was received in error
Photos, if available, will be online 24 hours after your ticket was issued.
Your vehicle can be towed if you broke a parking bylaw or if your vehicle has been abandoned and is a safety hazard or inconvenience to others.
- Collected by the towing company
- Paid in addition to parking ticket fees, which are paid to the City
- Based on the size of vehicle and distance it was towed
If you broke a parking bylaw
To check the City Impound Yard at 425 Industrial Ave:
- Search for your vehicle online External website, opens in new tab
- Phone 604-685-8181
Open 24 hours, every day.
If your car was abandoned
To check the City Abandoned Vehicle Yard at 1150 E Kent Ave South:
- Phone 604-321-6527
Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm (excluding holidays).
Traffic and safety
Construction, special events, and weather can lead to delays or closures. Plan ahead using our road closure map and traffic feeds.
- Make eye contact with other road users
- Don't drive, park, or stop in a bike lane
- Watch your speed
- Leave room for other road users
- Watch for cyclists using hand signals
- Only honk if you need to warn a cyclist or pedestrian — it can be startling
- Recognize road signs and markings that show lanes for bicycles, special vehicles, and shared roadways
- Slow down when you see traffic calming signs
- On roads, watch for bikes, electric-assisted bikes, and motorbikes, and motorcycles
- On local streets, watch for skateboards, push scooters, rollerblades, and skates
Unless otherwise posted:
- City roads: 50 km/h
- School zone: 30 km/h (8am to 5pm, school days)
- Playground zone: 30 km/h (every day, dawn to dusk)
- Street bikeways: 30 km/h
- Lanes: 20 km/h
Important note Update:
- In July 2020, Council voted to extend the hours of the 30km/hr school zone and playground to 24/7
- Until new signs are installed, the current speed limits remain in place
- We estimate new signs will be in place end of 2020/early 2021
Where you can park in Vancouver may change with seasonal events or weather conditions.
If you are visiting Hastings Park during the PNE:
- Residents near Hastings Park may sell backyard parking spaces.
- Street parking cannot be sold.
- Parking enforcement officers step up patrols during the PNE. Make sure you're parked legally.
We remove leaves from streets November to January.
- Check the street leaf collection schedule.
- Watch for temporary “no parking” signs.
- Move your vehicle by 7am on the date marked on the sign.
Important Vehicles parked in “no stopping” zones will be fined $100 and towed to a nearby location.
We salt and bring major routes before snow or freezing rain starts.
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