Cars parked on a Vancouver street

Parking in Vancouver

We manage parking to balance the needs of residents, commuters, and visitors. We have rules about:

  • Where you can park
  • How much it costs to park
  • How to report parking-related issues

By following the rules, you can help maintain a smooth flow of traffic throughout Vancouver.

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. 

Paying your parking ticket

Pay parking tickets online, by phone, or in person. Pay within 14 days of the issue date and get 40% off the full amount.

Time-limited and metered parking

On-street parking in Vancouver includes time-limited parking and metered parking.

Residential parking permits

Vehicles parked in residential parking zones must have a valid parking permit. Learn how to get one.

Pay for metered parking with the free PayByPhone smartphone app

Download PayByPhone

When you use the PayByPhone app, you:

  • Park until the next day
  • Get reminders before your time on the meter expires
  • Can extend your time on the go, without running back to the meter

Download the PayByPhone app now

Learn more about how to pay for parking in Vancouver

Tickets and towing

Learn why the City tickets and tows vehicles, and how parking bylaws impact public safety and the flow of transportation.

Parking tips, regulations, and bylaws

Avoid getting a ticket by knowing the top parking laws. Park smart by following this guide to parking bylaws in Vancouver.

Commercial and business parking

Learn about commercial loading zones and lanes, tour-bus parking, reserving metered spaces, and adding and removing meters.