Select a category below to explore some frequently asked questions related to parking in the City of Toronto:
General Questions about Parking in Toronto
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.
The rules associated with each parking regulation are listed in order of least to most restrictive:
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
Yes, permits for motorcycles are issued under the same regulations applicable to motor vehicle permits.
Renewal notices will be sent by mail near the end of the term. Simply send in a cheque or money order to receive next term's permit.
Depending on where you live, your permit may allow you to park just on your street or in a certain area.
If your car is being repaired, or was stolen, simply provide necessary documentation to get a free temporary permit for the loaner car.
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.
Yes, provided the proper documentation is presented.
Parking ticket matters must be taken up with Parking Tag Operations. See Parking Tickets for more details.
Yes. They must obey all existing regulations such as "No Parking Anytime", "No parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.", "Snow Route", etc. However, in the case of signs restricting parking to one, two, or three hours, the permit holder in most cases may disregard these signs if they are posted on a street authorized for permit parking.
Yes. However, if the registration and/or driver's licence does not show the Toronto address at which you are currently residing, proof of residency must be provided.
Unfortunately, no. Payment can be made with one method only.
No.You must register the vehicle as personal use only before you may get a permit.
Note: Some exceptions may apply. Please call 416-392-7873 for details
It deprives a permit holder of a potential parking space, however, a non-permit holder may only park his/her vehicle subject to all existing regulations, specifically, he/she may not park on a street authorized for permit parking between the hours specified on the sign, nor may he/she exceed the 3 hour limit for parking on any street not otherwise restricted.
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.
If after all the requirements have been met and there is still space remaining on the street or area, then a permit may be issued to more than one vehicle owner in a household.
Frequently Asked Questions About Parking Tickets
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.