No stopping and no parking zones

"No stopping" and "no parking" signs without time limits are in effect all day.

If you do not know how long you are going to be, use a parking lot to avoid the hassle of moving your vehicle.

We install “no stopping” and "no parking" signs to:

  • Reduce congestion
  • Improve sightlines
  • Make moving around Vancouver a more enjoyable and safer experience

Rules on "no stopping" and "no parking" signs are set by Street and Traffic By-law 2849. (947 KB)

"No stopping" signage

Once your vehicle stops moving it has stopped, regardless of whether the vehicle is occupied or not. (Section 3)

You cannot stop in a "no stopping" zone for any reason, or any length of time. (Section 17.1)

"No stopping" signs are also used to indicate zones that are for the exclusive use of a particular vehicle group, including:

  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Tour buses
  • Special event vehicles
  • Police
  • Accessible parking
  • Temporary zones

"No parking" signage

If your vehicle stops and is not loading or unloading passengers, it is parked, whether it is occupied or not. (Section 3)

You can stop in a "no parking" zone for up to 5 minutes to load or unload passengers, or materials. (Section 17.6A (a))

SPARC permit exemption

Motorists with a valid parking permit for people with disabilities (a SPARC placard) can use "no parking" zones for up to 30 minutes for loading and unloading passengers, or materials.