New city-wide permit parking system with surcharges for more polluting vehicles

Climate Emergency Response "big moves"

  • By 2020, 2/3 of all trips in Vancouver will be by active transportation and transit.
  • By 2030, 50% of kilometres driven on our roads will be by zero emissions vehicles.

Review our Climate Emergency Plan

As part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan approved on November 3, 2020, Council directed staff to create a city-wide residential on-street parking permit program, with higher rates for more polluting new vehicles.

Why a city-wide permit program

A city-wide parking permit program will free up more curbside space and:

  • Make it easier for people to find parking, including residents, service providers, and other visitors
  • Allow more space to be converted to other uses, such as green space, community plazas or patios, wider sidewalks, and safe cycling facilities
  • Support the creation of more affordable housing built with less or no parking

Higher fees for more polluting vehicles aim to:

  • Encourage people who are purchasing new, higher-priced gas or diesel powered vehicles to choose ones with lower or zero emissions
  • Not adversely impact people with older vehicles, nor those who are purchasing lower-priced vehicles

While the new city-wide residential permit parking system is under development, our existing permit parking system, including requests for new permit zones, will remain available.

Next steps

  • Early-mid 2021

    Public engagement on plan details

  • Mid 2021

    Final plan brought to Council for approval

  • Late 2021+

    System implementation begins