Parking Permits

Parking FAQ

Select a category below to explore some frequently asked questions related to parking in the City of Toronto:

General Questions about Parking in Toronto

How long can I park on the street if there are no signs posted?

Within the City of Toronto, an unsigned maximum three-hour parking limit exists on public roads unless there is signage posted indicating otherwise (eg, maximum 1 hour parking, maximum 15 minute parking, etc.)

Signs advising visitors to the city of this general, unsigned regulation are posted at the access points to the city and when exiting from a Provincial highway.

To request enforcement of the three-hour limit, call the Toronto Police Service, Parking Enforcement Unit at 416-808-6600.

What if I need to park on the street as I do not have a driveway?

The rules associated with each parking regulation are listed in order of least to most restrictive:

No Parking
Motorists are only permitted to load or unload passengers or merchandise.

No Standing
Motorists are only permitted to receive and discharge passengers. Typically used in the area of TTC bus stops.

No Stopping
Motorists are generally not permitted to stop for any reason except to avoid a conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a constable or other police officer or of a traffic control sign or signal.

I am having my driveway paved. Can I park on the street for a few days?

The Toronto Police Service, Parking Enforcement Unit does allow for short duration parking consideration. Residents should contact the Toronto Police Service, Parking Enforcement Unit at 416-808-6500 in advance of parking on the road and request that they not receive tickets for the duration that they will be parking on the street.

There is no parking consideration for offences such as No Standing, No Stopping, stopping on sidewalks and parking on boulevards, in front of fire hydrants, in fire routes, rush hour routes and permit parking streets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Permit Parking

What should I do if I change address/cars?

Show proof of your change of address to obtain a re-issue of the permit for the new address along with the re-issue fee of $6.40 plus HST. If the new address does not have permit parking, you may return the permit for a refund. For a change of cars, the permit may be transferred with valid vehicle registration, provided the owner's name and address are the same.

What is the penalty for parking without a permit on a street authorized for permit parking?

A vehicle owner without a parking permit who parks on such a street during the period specified on the posted signs, will be subject to a fine of $30.00. Parking for an excessive length of time (eg. more than one, two, or three hours as shown on the signs), during other periods will make the vehicle owner liable to a minimum fine of $15.00 where there are no other restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Parking Tickets

How can I pay for or appeal a parking ticket?

Parking ticket payment and appeal option information is available on our Parking Tickets page. Payment, appeal options and locations are also listed on the back of the ticket.

For information on outstanding traffic tickets call 416-397-TAGS (8247). Infractions are based on the laws of Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, and so disputes are handled in provincial court.


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