Parking Permits

Parking Regulations

Parking by-laws from the seven former municipal governments that now make up the new City of Toronto are being amalgamated. Until then, all by-laws previously approved by the former governments are still in effect. Information will be updated as new parking by-laws are approved by the Toronto City Council.

Disclaimer

Please note that By-law/Municipal Code references and fine amounts are provided for informational purposes. Although the City does its best to ensure that the information shown is accurate, the information is subject to change. The City is not responsible for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages that may arise from the use of any web pages or the materials contained within.

All Council and Committee documents, including By-laws/Municipal Codes and related amendments, are available from the City Clerk's office. Further information regarding contents of the Code and other by-laws may be obtained by contacting City Clerk's office. Please e-mail clerk@toronto.ca.

Parking regulations that apply throughout the City of Toronto are listed below:

Parking Considerations

Toronto Police, through the Parking Enforcement Unit, give consideration under a variety of circumstances upon request of individuals and groups. Consideration numbers are issued which permit withdrawal of infractions involving prohibited parking areas, expired meters, three hour limit or parking in excess of permitted time. You can call the Customer Service Section any time, seven days a week and leave a message and phone number where you can be reached during the day. Someone will return your call during business hours, Monday to Friday.

Toronto Police Parking Enforcement

Customer Service Section
416-808-6500

The Parking Tag Operations unit is able to deal with questions and concerns about parking tags by telephone, fax and mail. For example, obvious errors, on-street parking permits, Accessible parking permits, stolen vehicle and defective meter complaints.

Parking Tag Operations

5100 Yonge St
Lower Level
North York, ON M2N 5V7
Call: 416-397-8247
Fax: 416-696-4194

Diplomatic Immunity

Individuals who have Diplomatic Immunity Status can submit parking infraction notices by fax to the:

Office of International Relations and Protocol

Ministry of Intergrovernmental Affairs - Cabinet Office
1075 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Suite 830
Toronto ON, M5S 2B1
Phone: 416-325-8535
Fax: 416-325-8550

Tour Buses

Tour buses may pick up and discharge passengers in permitted areas only; however, they may not park in contravention of the bylaws.

Bus drivers may obtain information on parking facilities from:

Tourism Toronto Travel Trade Department

207 Queens Quay, Suite 590
Toronto ON, M5J 1A7
Phone: 416-203-2600

Nursing Agencies/Compassionate Service Agencies

There is no legal exemption for this, however, Parking Tag Operations may consider withdrawal of parking infractions for offence numbers 1, 2, 5 (excluding rush hour) and 6 if the tag is accompanied by a letter from an official on letterhead explaining that the vehicle was being operated by a staff member while performing duties for the organization. The letter must have an original signature and must include the title and telephone number of the authorized writer (Nurse, Manager, etc.)

Official Vehicles and Utility Vehicles

(Includes Canada Post, Bell Canada, cable companies, public utilities and communication companies)

There is no legal exemption for this. However, Parking Tag Operations may consider withdrawal of parking infractions 1, 2, 5 (excluding rush hour) and 6 if the parking infraction is accompanied by a work order and a letter from a management official on letterhead explaining that the vehicle was being operated by a staff member while performing duties for the company and that no other parking was available, and the situation was of an emergency nature.

Note: Official vehicles and utility vehicles are required to park legally whenever possible.

Accessible Parking Permits

If you have difficulty walking, you can apply for a Accessible Parking Permit. The application form for the permit can be acquired from Service Ontario.

The eligibility of an applicant needs to be certified by a licensed chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopathic physician or occupational therapist.

View the special parking regulations for vehicles displaying the Accessible Parking Permit.

Delivery

All drivers on delivery are advised to use "ON DELIVERY" signs as officers are informed to use discretion when a sign is displayed. Delivery drivers are responsible for their own parking requirements at/or within the vicinity of their place of business. All drivers are instructed to obtain legal parking whenever possible to maintain the flow of traffic.

In order to be eligible for withdrawal of a Parking Infraction Notice while on delivery, the following must be provided:

  1. A letter on letterhead (type) from head office noting the Parking Infraction Notice number and the fact that the vehicle was engaged in making a delivery at the time. The correspondence must be reviewed and signed by a senior official of the firm. Photocopies of signatures are not acceptable.

  2. Original proof of delivery, i.e. waybill, invoice, delivery manifest must correspond to the location, time and date on the parking infraction notice.

Parking tickets considered for withdrawal are from parking in prohibited parking areas only. They are not exempt from rush hour routes, no standing/stopping zones, parking meters, private property or areas that impede vehicular/pedestrian traffic or emergency vehicles.

Taxi Cabs for Hire

In order for a taxi cab to be considered on duty, it must be in the act of either picking up or dropping off a fare. If a taxi is parked with the lights off, or the driver is not in the car and is not available for hire, then it is subject to the same regulations as all other motor vehicles. Taxi cabs are prohibited from parking for hire in a location which is not an authorized cab stand.

In order for taxi cabs to be eligible for the withdrawal of parking infractions, the following must be provided:

  1. A completed trip sheet for the date of offence on the Parking Infraction Notice.

  2. A valid taxi cab licence from Toronto Licensing (416-392-3000) in the name of the driver requesting the withdrawal.

Vehicles are not exempt from rush hour routes, no standing zones, private property, parking longer that permitted time or areas that impede vehicular/pedestrian or emergency vehicles.

Parking Offences That Do Not Require Signs

Offence No. on TicketDescriptionBy-Law AreaSet Fine

2

Park longer than 3 hours

City-Wide

$15.00

11

Park more than 30 cm from curb

City-Wide

$30.00

12

Park vehicle for sale

City-Wide

$15.00

14

Park obstruct driveway/laneway

City-Wide

$50.00

15

Park 3 m of fire hydrant

City-Wide

$100.00

16

Park 9 m of intersecting highway

City-Wide

$50.00

418

Park taxi for hire-unauthorized location

City-Wide

$40.00

28

Park between 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., Dec 1 to Mar 31

North York

$40.00

30

Stop on/over sidewalk/footpath

City-Wide

$150.00

31

Stop roadside (parked/stopped) vehicle

City-Wide

$150.00

48

Fail to Park/Stop parallel to curb

City-Wide

$30.00

57

Stop within intersection

City-Wide

$60.00

404

Stop within 9 m of pedestrian crosswalk

City-Wide

$60.00

65

Stop on bridge

City-Wide

$60.00

70

Stop on centre strip

City-Wide

$60.00

337

Unauthorized parking on boulevard

City-Wide

$50.00

 

For up-to-date parking by-law information in your area, please call 311 Toronto at at 311 or 416-392-CITY (2489) or email at 311@toronto.ca.

Licence Plate Registration

For information regarding plate registration, errors or changes in ownership information or lost or stolen plates, call the Ministry of Transportation at 416-235-2999.

Complaints About Enforcement Officers/Officer Conduct

Complaints regarding the parking enforcement officer who issued the ticket must be submitted in writing to:

Unit Commander Parking Enforcement Unit

330 Progress Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON  M1P 2Z4

All complaints should include a copy of the parking infraction or notice, the nature of the complaint and any receipts.

Traffic Courts

Call Centre: 416-338-7320

Provincial Offences Office: 416-338-7320

Towed Vehicle Information/MLEO Officers

Any complaints regarding the towing of vehicles must be submitted in writing to:

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement East

40 College Street
Toronto ON, M5G 2J3
Attention: Unit Commander Parking Enforcement East
Contract Services Section

All complaints should include a copy of the tag or notice, the nature of the complaint and any receipts.

For information regarding the location of a towed vehicle, please call 416-808-6600.

To make a request to have a vehicle tagged or towed, please call 416-808-6600.

Complaints regarding tow truck operators can be made to the Toronto Licensing Commission at 416-392-3000.


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