How to pay for parking

Pay Vancouver parking meters using your smartphone.

You can pay for street parking:

  • By mobile app and phone with a credit card
  • At parking meters and pay stations with coins or a credit card

Pay by mobile app

The easiest way to pay by phone is to download the PayByPhone mobile app.

Download the iPhone app in the App Store   Download the Android app on Google Play   Get the BlackBerry app on BlackBerry App World

Pay by phone

Visit the PayByPhone website external url icon or phone 604-909-7275 (PARK) to set up an account. 

Provide the following information when prompted:

  • Cell phone number
  • Credit card number (Visa or MasterCard)
  • Licence plate number

Avoid getting a parking ticket

  • Do not park at a broken meter.
  • Ensure you select the correct licence plate. The licence plate you pay for needs to match the licence plate for the vehicle in the parking space.
  • Delivery of text reminders depends on your service provider. The City of Vancouver is not responsible for late reminders. Regular texting charges apply.

Benefits of paying by mobile app and phone

  • Park overnight. Avoid the stress of moving your vehicle the next day or adding time to your parking session when pay parking starts at 9am.
  • Extend your time. Use the app, text, or call to extend your parking session.
  • Get more time. If you are parking after 6:00pm at a two-hour meter, you can pay for four continuous hours.
  • Get reminders. Opt in to text message reminders before your parking session expires.
  • Access receipts. Set your account to have receipts emailed to you.

Secure payments

By phone, your details are saved and automatically recognized each time you pay parking by phone. Your credit card number is encrypted, and is never entered, displayed, or spoken during a transaction.

At parking meters, your information is encrypted and sent electronically to the payment centre. Our credit card meters are compliant with banking and credit card security requirements.