Reserve parking spaces and parking meters with Temporary Street Occupancy permits

Street use and Temporary Street Occupancy requests

We are limiting the number of street use requests granted in commercial areas from December to January during the holiday season.

With an expected increase in demand for street space during the holiday period, these restrictions will be in place to support businesses and events.

Upcoming changes

Required insurance certificates

September 1, 2021: Applications for Temporary Street Occupancy permits (with the exception of Temporary Street Occupancy Permits for use at single family homes by homeowners) must be accompanied by a Commercial General Liability Insurance Certificate (270 KB) or Wrap-up Liability Insurance Certificate (293 KB) that names the City of Vancouver.

You must provide the insurance certificate before a Temporary Street Occupancy permit is issued.

Lane use fees

January 1, 2022: Temporary Street Occupancy permits will be subject to revised Lane Use fees. Lane Use Fees apply to the closures of:

  • Traffic lanes
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Sidewalk closures
  • Use of rear lanes (alleys)

If you require use of more than the curb lane, contact Engineering Services to determine if a Lane Use fee will impact your Temporary Street Occupancy application. 

Temporary Street Occupancy permits allow you to temporarily suspend posted parking regulations and temporarily occupy a street for:

  • Construction deliveries
  • Construction activities (for example, when a crane lift or concrete pour is needed)
  • Moving trucks, to facilitate move-in and move-out of a building (homes, condominiums, or commercial needs)
  • Service work (for example, window cleaning, sign installation)
  • Waste containers and bins
  • Placement of moving and storage contains

These permits are not issued for crew parking purposes.

These permits cannot be used to take over a legitimately or previously parked space on the street.

Per the Streets and Traffic By-law 2849, section 30 (964 KB), a permit issued under subsection (3) does not authorize the permit holder to require any person lawfully occupying any such location to discontinue their occupancy.


Apply for your permit a minimum of 7 business days before you need the reserved parking spaces or parking meters.

This gives the City time to post parking restriction signs, and cover parking meters in advance.

If emergency work is required during the time you have reserved parking meters, the emergency work will take priority.

Waste containers and bins, and moving and storage containers

  • When placing a bin or container within a zone where parking regulations have been temporarily suspended, additional fees are generally required when containers and bins are involved. In most cases, placement of a bin or container on the street and in a special zone will also require a Street Occupancy permit. Staff will advise of and prepare this additional permit for you to coincide with your Temporary Street Occupancy permit.
  • Beginning January 1, 2022, if you wish to place a bin in front of your own home where no parking regulation exists, you may request permission for this purpose for up to two days without any fee being charged but you must receive a permit granting such permission before placement of the bin.  
  • If parking is at a premium in your neighbourhood, and you wish to secure the space by temporarily suspending parking regulations, you can choose to purchase a permit, but no fee will be assessed for the bin placement if the street use is no more than two days.

Apply for a temporary street occupancy permit

  1. Record the following information:
    • Location you need to reserve parking spaces (specific address or hundred block)
    • Existing parking regulations at the location
      • Any parking meters? Record the six-digit meter identification numbers, not the five-digit pay-by-phone numbers.
        Find parking meters on Google Maps
      • Any parking restrictions? Record any restrictions for time-limited parking, permit parking, and zones for certain vehicles and activities.
        Find residential permit zones
    • Date, time, and duration of your work
    • Details about your work
    • Extent of street use needed (parking lane only, travel lane, or more). Are sidewalk, bike lanes, or rush-hour lanes required for your activity, do you require use of the rear lane?
    • Some uses of public property may require a submission of a traffic management plan.
      Learn more at Traffic management for construction and special events
  2. Apply for your permit by registering for an account and submit your application online.
    Apply online

Apply for your permit in advance. 7 business days is required to ensure your application is processed, and the signs are installed in advance of your work-date. This is to ensure the Temporary Occupancy permit can be enforced.

  • You must conclude and pay for your permit by 10am 7 working days in advance of the permit start date to allow for scheduling and installation of temporary signage.
  • Provide the information in step 1.
  • You may also make an appointment at Engineering Client Services to apply in person. Email to book your appointment.
  1. Receive your permit.
    • Simple applications are generally approved right away.
    • Applications are preferably paid for through your online account. This should be completed by 10am, 7 business days before your permit starts. Having issues paying for your permit online?
      Contact for support.

Contact Engineering Client Services

5th floor, Crossroads
507 West Broadway (at Cambie St)
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday (except holidays)
8:30am to 4pm, by appointment only

Phone: 604-871-6730

Read the by-law

Regulates traffic, the use of streets, and the size and weight of vehicles that are permitted to travel on City of Vancouver streets.

Section 30 of the by-law applies to Temporary Street Occupancies. 

Street & Traffic Bylaw