Parking tips, regulations, and bylaws

Know the parking regulations, and avoid getting towed.

As the demand for on-street parking grows, the City of Vancouver has introduced regulations under our parking bylaws in more areas of the city.

This helps to maintain the flow of traffic, and ensure parking space turnover in busy areas. 

So park smart—know the top parking laws, and avoid getting a ticket or towed.

COVID-19 updates
COVID-19 updates

To support essential workers working longer and more frequent shifts, we're temporarily suspending enforcement for:

  • Metered parking
  • Rush-hour zones
  • Residential permit-parking zones
  • Parking time limits, including the three-hour parking restriction


To help ensure street parking is available for healthcare and essential workers, please avoid street parking if you have off-street options.

Parking-enforcement officers will continue to enforce:

  • Parking in spots designated for people with disabilities
  • Safety violations
  • Impeding the movement of others 
  • Special zones that must remain open for other purposes


We'll monitor the situation and modify parking enforcement as needed, or if there are safety or community concerns.

Online permit parking sales and renewals will continue to be available. If you have a current permit on your vehicle, it will remain valid as issued. 

Learn about Vancouver's parking regulations

Parking when there is no signage

Find out the rules for parking on unsigned streets and lanes, including corner clearance, driveway and garage clearance, and angle parking.

Parking when there is signage

Find out the rules for parking on streets and lanes when there is signage.

Abandoned vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle on public property, and find out what you should do if you get an abandoned vehicle ticket.


Find out about idling regulations in the City of Vancouver, and the exceptions to the regulations.

Large vehicles

Find the rules about parking a large vehicle, including trailers, in Vancouver.

Read the bylaw

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.

Report a broken meter

Do not park at a broken parking meter. You will get a ticket.

Report a broken meter online and:

  • Provide the six-digit meter number located on the side of the meter 
  • If you lose money in the broken meter, we will provide a credit of up to a $2 worth of parking