Commercial loading zones and lanes

What are commercial loading zones and lanes?

Do not park in a commercial loading zone unless you have a permit.Commercial loading zones:

  • Are dedicated areas for commercial vehicles to load or unload materials
  • Can be identified by regulatory signage

Any lane that is next to a commercial property is classified as a commercial loading zone. Commercial properties include businesses such as a store, hotel, restaurant, or parking lot.


Under section 21.5 of Street and Traffic By-law 2849 (947 KB):

  • It is illegal to stop in a commercial loading zone or commercial lane unless you have a commercial vehicle permit.


Exception to the no stopping rule:

  • The area within the Burrard St, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and English Bay boundary.

Get a commercial permit

Find out:

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

Permit details