The City of Toronto does not send text messages or email reminders about parking violation/tickets or issue reminders through a third party. If received, do not click on any of the links and delete the message. Learn how to pay your parking violation. 

Parking bylaws in the City of Toronto are designed to help reduce traffic congestion and maintain ease of traffic flow within city streets. Parking violation notices are issued in an ongoing effort to keep the flow of traffic moving while enforcing City parking bylaws and regulations.

How to Search

  • Non-Ontario licence plate holders must use violation notice number and licence plate.
  • Handwritten violations may take five to ten days to appear in the system.

Searching within 15 days of violation or Non-Ontario Licence Plate

  • Use the parking violation notice number and licence plate.

After 15 days of date of violation

  • Violation notice number and licence plate
  • Drivers licence/registrant identification number (RIN)
  • Violation notice number and name

The City of Toronto does not send text messages or email reminders about parking violation/tickets or issue reminders through a third party. If received, you are advised to not click on any of the links provided and to delete the email from your inbox. To view and pay visit our Parking Ticket Services online application.

Most parking violation notices are uploaded into the system automatically within minutes of issuance. They are available for vehicle owners to look up, pay or dispute in the Parking Ticket Lookup service.

For handwritten parking violation notices, please allow seven to 10 business days to appear in the Lookup service. Check back frequently so you can pay your violation by the due date.

Alternatively, payment for parking violations is available in-person or by mail.

Pay Your Parking Violation

Pay your parking violation online, by mail, or in-person.

Introducing a new online option to pay parking violations, plus property tax and utility bills, in one convenient place. Learn more about MyToronto Pay.

Your Dispute Options

Within 15 days of receiving your parking violation notice you can request a review. If you missed this deadline, you can request an extension.

Once a full or partial payment is made, the matter is considered resolved and will not be reviewed or, be eligible to dispute. This includes payments made to pending screening/hearing decisions.

A parking violation notice is issued when a vehicle is parked in contravention to:

  • parking bylaw and sign posted
  • an unposted parking bylaw

A City of Toronto parking violation notice may be issued by one of the following officers:

  • Parking Enforcement Officer (city streets and private parking lots)
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Officer (public/private parking lots)
  • Police Officer (city streets and private property)
  • By-law Officer (private property, parking lots and city streets).

A City of Toronto parking violation notice may be issued in several ways:

  • attaching it to the vehicle
  • serving it personally to the driver at the time of the violation
  • sending it by registered/regular mail to the vehicle license plate owner’s last known address on file at the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario.

Parking violation notices will never be issued via email, text message, social media app, or fax.

You may receive a parking violation notice if you:

  • park longer than three hours
  • park more than 30 centimetres from a curb
  • park vehicle for sale
  • park obstruct driveway/laneway
  • park within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • park within 9 metres of an intersecting highway
  • park taxi cab for hire – unauthorized location
  • park on a boulevard
  • park between 2 to 6 a.m. December 1 to March 31 each year in the former North York ONLY (TMC 950, Traffic and Parking), Section 950-400D(9)
  • stop on/over sidewalk/footpath
  • stop roadside (parked/stopped) vehicle
  • park left wheels to curb
  • stop within the intersection
  • stop within 9 metres of the crosswalk
  • stop on a bridge
  • stop on the centre strip

Fire Hydrants

The 3 metres limitation refers to prohibited parking within 3 metres of the “imaginary line” on the point on the street where the hydrant is located. A fire or rescue vehicle must have unimpeded access directly in front of the hydrant regardless of how far back the hydrant is located from the curb.

3 Hour Parking

Section 950-400D(5) of the Municipal Code:

General stopping and parking regulations: No person shall on any “highway” park any vehicle for a period longer than three (3) hours.

Definition of a Highway

Under the provisions of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario, every public road is a highway.

The legal definition of a Highway in the Act: “highway” includes a common and public highway, street, avenue, parkway, driveway, square, place, bridge, viaduct or trestle, any part of which is intended for or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles and includes the area between the lateral property lines thereof.

The City of Toronto will issue a parking violation notice on statutory holidays.

All parking signs should be followed, as posted. For example, if a sign says “No Parking between 4 – 6 p.m. Mon-Fri” and there is no posted exception, then vehicles are still not allowed to park in that area between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, even if Monday happens to be a holiday.

Posted exceptions, for example, no parking except on weekends and holidays, in this case, “holidays” refers to statutory holidays only which include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Simcoe Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Parking Authority – Parking Meters and Pay & Display Machines

Payment for parking is required through-out the year unless otherwise posted. In most off-street parking facilities, regular rates apply on holidays. There may be some Toronto Parking Authority parking facilities that have holiday rates, which are posted on the rate signs in the parking facility.

No fee is charged to dispute a parking violation notice.

Fee(s) are charged for the collection of unpaid parking violation notice(s) and for not appearing at a scheduled screening and/or hearing review.

Parking violation(s) will not impact your driving record, demerit points, or auto insurance rates.

Parking violation penalty amount(s) can range from $15 to $450 depending on the violation.