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Frequently Asked Questions - Parking

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Permit Parking

Are parking permits available in my district?

The Residential Permit Parking Program for Toronto provides on-street parking on most streets. Please note that there are no permits issued for the Scarborough and North York areas at this time.

 

How do I get a parking permit?

Residential parking permit applications are available online. Permit holders may park their vehicles overnight and are exempt from the 1, 2, and 3 hour parking restrictions.

Off street parking permits are required if you wish to park on part of the City boulevard.

 

How long can I park on the street with a permit?

Vehicles for which parking permits have been issued may be tagged and towed at the owner's expense if the vehicle remains unmoved and parked in the same spot on the street for more than seven days.

 

How can I get a disabled parking permit?

There are three types of disabled parking privileges available. Accessible Parking Permits (formerly known as the Disabled Person Parking Permit) are issued by the provincial government, Ministry of Transportation and placed on the dashboard. Applications can be picked up at any Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office. Persons with Disabled Parking Permits can apply for Designated Disabled Street Parking Space sissued by the City's Transportation Services, Traffic Operations. They can be reached at 416-392-7771.

 

Where can I park using a disabled parking permit?

The Accessible Parking Permit, formally known as the Disabled Person Parking Permit must be displayed on the dashboard or sun visor. Rules and regulations for parking in the City of Toronto with an Accessible Parking Permit are found on our website.

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How can I pay for or appeal a parking ticket?

Parking ticket payment and appeal option information is available on our parking tickets site. Payment, appeal options and locations are also listed on the back of the ticket. For information on outstanding parking tickets call 416-397-TAGS (8247) during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. TTY users may call 416-392-0719. Infractions are based on the laws of Ontario's Provincial Offences Act, and so disputes are handled in court.

 

I lost my parking ticket, how can I pay it? I do not know the number of the parking ticket and do not know the amount to pay?

By calling a Customer Service Representative at 416-397-TAGS (8247) and providing pertinent information, we will be able to provide you with the ticket number and amount in order for you to pay your parking ticket. TTY users may call 416-392-0719.

 

What happens if I decide not to pay for the parking ticket I received?

You will receive a Notice of Impending Conviction advising you of the outstanding amount of your ticket if payment is not made within 15 days of issue. Fees may be added and non-payment of a ticket may end up in plate denial. This means that you will not be able to renew your license plate sticker until the overdue amount and associated fees are paid.

 

I received a Notice of Impending Conviction in the mail. I do not remember receiving a parking ticket. Do I have to pay this?

If you receive a Notice of Impending Conviction, it means that a parking ticket was issued against the license plate. You will need to pay the notice to prevent further charges and fees from being added. You still may choose to dispute your notice.

 

I received a parking ticket, but I want to dispute the ticket.

In order to dispute your parking ticket, you must attend a First Appearance Facility. Information is available on our website as to the process and locations available to dispute your parking ticket.

 

I attempted to renew my license plate but was told I have an outstanding parking ticket that must be paid before I can renew my plate.

  1. How can I pay for that parking ticket?
  2. How can I dispute that ticket?
  1. Once your license is in plate denial, you can only pay for the associated outstanding parking tickets at a Service Ontario locations.
  2. In order to dispute a parking ticket that is in plate denial status, you must request a reopening. Information is available on our website as to the process to dispute your parking ticket.

 

I would like to go to court about my parking ticket. Can I go to a court that is near my home as I live outside of Toronto?

No, parking ticket dispute trials for tickets issued in Toronto are only dealt with in Toronto Courts.

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My car has been towed, how do I find it?

The Toronto Police Service Communications Centre at 416-808-2222 will direct vehicle owners to the location of their impounded car.

 

What are the rules for parking on the street in Toronto?

In the City of Toronto, a three-hour limit exists on public roads where no other parking regulations are posted. Signs advising visitors to the city of this regulation are posted at the access points to the city and when exiting from a Provincial highway. It is very important, therefore, to check signage before parking on any street in Toronto.

 

I am visiting Toronto. How do I avoid getting a parking ticket?

In the City of Toronto, a three hour parking restriction exists on public roads where no other regulations are posted. Signs advising visitors of this regulation are posted at the access points to the City and when exiting from a provincial highway. It is very important, therefore, to check signage before parking on any street in Toronto. More information about parking regulations.

The Toronto Parking Authority operates 160 municipal parking lots containing about 20,000 spaces. Its mandate is to provide safe, attractive, conveniently located and competitively priced off and on-street public parking. More information, including the parking lot locator, can be found on their website. There are also metered spaces on many streets in Toronto and you pay either through individual meters or parking machines in the vicinity. Again, check for signage.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in a permit parking area of the City, you can apply for a Temporary (resident/visitor) Parking Permit.

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