Parking meter tips
- Parking meters are in effect from 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week, including holidays.
- Report a broken meter. Do not park at it. You will get a ticket.
- Daytime rates (9am to 6pm) may be different from evening rates (6pm to 10pm).
- Before paying, check if there are parking restrictions in effect, such as rush hour, special events, or construction.
- Pay with the PayByPhone app and get text alerts when your session expires and extend it.
Parking time limits, meter parking, and other regulations help to:
- Ensure you can find on-street parking near destinations such as shops, services, and amenities
- Manage streets in industrial areas
- Serve residential visitors and service providers in denser neighbourhoods
- Minimize unnecessary searching for parking, congestion, traffic safety risks, GHG production, and air pollution
Our goal is to provide up to two available parking spaces per block in peak periods.
- Is typically 1 hour or 2 hours
- Gets shorter as demand for parking increases
- Is replaced with parking meters if time limits alone are not effective at managing parking
Parking meter rates
- Vary throughout the city
- Are set based on demand and may vary by time of day
- Are adjusted annually based on parking data collected in the previous year
- 5% tax is included in parking meter rates
Parking for veterans
To recognize the service and dedication of Canadian military personnel, Council voted on October 19, 2021, to provide free year-round parking to vehicles displaying veteran or Memorial Cross licence plates.
Vehicles displaying veteran or Memorial Cross licence plates are exempt from:
- Any parking meter fees at all on-street meter parking (time limits and any other posted regulations still apply)
- Fees at City-owned off-street parking facilities (EasyPark External link icon) in Vancouver
Read the Parking Meter By-law No. 2952 PDF file (4.9 MB).
Find out how to obtain a veteran licence plate through ICBC External link icon
Other street parking regulations
Loading and passenger zones
Find out about the rules on using a loading zone or passenger zone in Vancouver.
Find accessible parking in Vancouver. Learn about parking exemptions for people with disabilities, and how to get a SPARC parking permit.
Car-sharing, carpooling, and ride-sharing
Save the environment and make new friends. Find out how to join a carpool, car-share, or car co-op.
Motorcycles and scooters
Find motorcycle and scooter parking in Vancouver. Learn how much it costs to park your motorcycle and scooter.
Public parking lots
EasyPark is a City-owned, non-profit company that manages parking lots that are owned and leased by the City of Vancouver.
Find parking lots around Vancouver and in City parks on the EasyPark website .