parking information | Permit parking | Parking tickets
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?
Some streets in the Scarborough District are candidates for
the installation of long duration (maximum 12-hours) parking. The
policy regarding installing long duration parking dictates the following:
must be submitted in the form of a petition signed by the majority
of property owners.
parking must be non-existent or deficient, based on the number
of driveways versus the number of homes and in accordance with
zoning requirements for parking. (ie. at least one off-street
space per home)
- Long term
parking periods will apply to one side of the street only. Parking
will be prohibited on the opposite side of the street.
What is the
difference between parking, standing and stopping regulations?
associated with each parking regulation are listed in order of least
to most restrictive:
Parking - motorists are only permitted to load or unload
passengers or merchandise.
Standing - motorists are only permitted to receive and discharge
passengers. Typically used in the area of TTC bus stops.
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
If you cannot
find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact
Do I need
a permit for parking motorcycles?
Yes, permits for motorcycles are issued under the same regulations
applicable to motor vehicle permits.
when my permit expires?
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.
I park with my permit?
Depending on where you live, your permit may allow you to park
just on your street or in a certain area.
I do with my permit if I have to use a temporary car because of
an accident or because my car was stolen?
If your car is being repaired, or was stolen, simply provide necessary
documentation to get a free temporary permit for the loaner car.
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.
May I purchase
permits for others?
the proper documentation is presented.
I do about parking tickets?
Parking ticket matters must be taken up with Parking Tag Operations.
See Parking tickets for more details.
holders have to obey parking meter regulations, pay and display,
and signs prohibiting or restricting parking, stopping, and standing?
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.
Can I get
a permit with an out of province registration and/or driver's licence?
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.
May I use
mixed payment methods to purchase a permit?
no. Payment can be made with one method only.
methods of payment.
Can I get
a permit for my commercially registered vehicle?
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
parking by non-permit holders on authorized streets affect a permit
holder authorized to park on that street or in the area?
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.
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.
permits will be issued to each household?
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.
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
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