Overnight Parking By-law

Bylaw No.
2007-209
Updated
2019

As per the Traffic By-law, parking is not permitted in any hybrid parking lots (Spirit Catcher, Lakeshore Drive, and North Marina lots) or waterfront parking areas (lots and on-street) from 12:01am to 5am, December 1 through March 31. On-site signage is in place.

​Overnight On-Street Parking Restric​​tio​ns

As per the Overnight Parking By-law, on-street parking is not permitted 3–6am within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and on other City streets 12:01–7am, December 1 through March 31. Outside of this time period, overnight on-street parking is not permitted when a "Winter Maintenance Event" be declared. 

These restrictions ensure crews can completely clear streets of snow and that large emergency v​ehicles can get down City streets. These restrictions are in place from December through March each year because it's never certain when winter weather will hit. Sometimes snow squalls happen overnight or we see freezing rain in the forecast (when that happens, the crews have to get out before the storm to prepare the roads). Further, stipulating set dates within the by-law ensures that the enforcement period is objectively measured, leaving no room for (mis)interpretation — forecasts can vary! — or likely missed last-minute communications as weather patterns change.

Possible exceptions (weather-dependent) to the Overnight Parking By-law include Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day (see Possible Exceptions below).

Please note that year-round, parking on lawns is not permitted. Parking is only permitted on your driveway (See Zoning By-Law, sections 4.8.1 and 5.3.6.1). Please leave your landscaped space healthy and growing.

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