Toronto Transportation: Parking

On Street Parking Permits

The City of Toronto provides residential parking permits in certain areas, so they may park their automobile on the street within a specified area exclusively during permit parking hours. This program generally services those residential areas where driveways and/or garages are not common. Permit holders generally have the privilege of parking their vehicles overnight and are exempt from the 1, 2, and 3 hour parking restrictions. Conversely, vehicles without parking permits may be tagged if parked in parking spaces designated for those with permits.

Currently, the program is in effect in the communities of the former cities of Toronto, East York, and York and to a limited extent Etobicoke. Expansion of the permit parking program citywide, is under consideration.

With the exception of the three week on-street parking permit renewal periods in May/June and November/December, on-street parking permits will no longer be sold from the York Civic Centre effective March 2, 2009. On-street permit parking services continue to be available at City Hall, East York Civic Centre and Etobicoke Civic Centre, between 8:30am and 4:15pm, Monday to Friday.

Two types of permits are available in most areas: 6 & 12 month term resident-only permits; and, temporary resident or visitor permits. More information about parking permits & fees.

Provided space is available, a temporary on-street parking permit may now be purchased on-line by residents and their visitors to park a motor vehicle on a street designated under the permit parking program. Using this on-line service, you will receive confirmation of the transaction and can print the permit yourself.

Office locations:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St W
Main Floor, West Tower
Toronto ON, M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-392-7873
Fax: 416-392-1911

East York Civic Centre
850 Coxwell Ave
East York ON
M4C 5R1
Tel: 416-397-4480
Fax: 416-397-4582

Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto ON
M9C 2Y2
Tel: 416-394-8419
Fax: 416-394-8942

Office hours of operation: Monday to Friday; 8:30am - 4:15pm

Accessible permits - disabled persons 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 Ontario Ministry of Transportation by calling 416-235-2999. 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 diplaying the Accessible Parking Permit.

Delivery Vehicles

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:

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.

* For information regarding the Toronto Cartage Licence, contact the Toronto Licensing Commission at 416-392-3000.

Bus Parking

Because many school groups travel into the core by bus, to attend cultural and sporting events in the central area, as well as many private groups on motor coach tours, the City of Toronto has identified approximately 90 parking spaces exclusively for use by buses in the downtown Core, surrounding Central Business District and Portlands areas.

Buses are allowed to park for durations ranging from a maximum of 1 hour up to a maximum of 24 hours. Traffic conditions dictate that some of these parking spaces are not available at all hours of the day. However, all spaces are offered free of charge to bus operators.

In addition to the exclusive parking spaces provided, buses can park in "pay and display" parking areas on City streets, provided adequate space is available and in accordance with any maximum time restrictions, rush hour parking prohibitions, etc. Drivers must purchase a ticket from a nearby machine located along the sidewalk and place the ticket face up on the dashboard or prominent location on the windshield of the bus.

Buses may legally "stop" to pick-up or drop-off passengers in any area where a "No Parking" or "No Standing" regulation is posted, provided the bus is actually engaged in this activity. A bus may not park in these areas and wait for groups to arrive.

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

Parking Offences

While most parking offences are signed, there are a numbeer of general parking offences that do not require signs. Here are the most common situations:

Offence No. on ticket


Area for by-law

Set Fine


Park longer than 3 hours

Toronto wide



Park more than 30cm from curb

Toronto wide



Park vehicle for sale

Toronto wide



Park obstruct driveway/laneway

Toronto wide



Park 3 metres of fire hydrant

Toronto wide



Park 9 metres of intersecting highway

Toronto wide



Park taxi cab for hire-unauthorized location

Toronto wide



Park on Boulevard

North York
East York




Park between 2am-6am Dec 1 to Mar 31

North York




Stop on/over sidewalk/footpath

Toronto wide



Stop roadside (parked/stopped) vehicle

Toronto wide



Park left wheels to curb

Toronto wide



Stop within intersection

Toronto wide



Stop within 9 metres of crosswalk

Toronto wide



Stop on bridge

Toronto wide



Stop on centre strip

Toronto wide


For up-to-date parking by-law information in your area, please call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or email at [email protected].

Parking Tickets & Questions

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

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.

Station 1210
21st Floor, Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto ON, M5V 3C6
Call: 416-397-8247
Fax: 416-392-4436

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