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Short-term and visitor parking permits

Short-term residential parking permits are good for rental vehicles, courtesy cars, borrowed cars, and can also be used if you have recently moved to Vancouver from another province.

Visitor residential parking permits can be used for out-of-town visitors, housesitters, homecare providers, and contractors that need temporary street parking on your block.

Residents may apply in person for short-term and visitor parking permits up to 2 weeks in advance. Temporary short term and visitor parking permits are available for up to 3 months (where applicable). 

Reserve street parking for your moving truck

To ensure your movers can conveniently access your property, apply for a temporary special zone permit to reserve street parking for the moving truck.

How to get a permit

To buy a permit, you or your guest can visit our parking permit offices in person.

Before you visit:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is insured.
  2. Gather the required documents based on your situation below.

Please bring the following:

  1. Rental vehicle contract in your name
  2. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement

The weekly fee applies to permits for rental vehicles unless you can show that the rental vehicle is a courtesy car being used in place of your permitted vehicle.

The permit may be purchased for up to 3 months.

Please bring:

  1. Courtesy vehicle insurance and registration, contract, or keys
  2. Licence plate number of your vehicle that's getting repaired 
  3. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement

A free, temporary permit will be issued for a courtesy vehicle while your vehicle gets repaired.

Please bring:

  1. Vehicle insurance and registration
  2. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement
  3. An official flight itinerary or travel ticket showing the vehicle owner's name and travel dates (no hotel or ferry reservations) 

The permit may be purchased for up to 3 months.

If you have not changed your vehicle insurance yet, bring:

  1. Valid out-of-province vehicle insurance and registration
  2. Home rental contract or purchase agreement that:
    • Shows your address is in the permit zone
    • Is dated within the last three months
  3. Or

    Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:

    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement

The permit is valid for up to one month at no charge while you change your insurance.

If you have already changed your insurance to reflect your new BC address, apply for your permit online, by phone, or in person.

 If you move to Vancouver from within BC, your vehicle insurance must be updated to show your address is in the permit zone before applying for a permit.

Need street parking for your moving truck?

We issue short-term parking permits for out-of-town visitors who live:

  • On Vancouver Island
  • On the Gulf Islands (except Bowen Island)
  • North of Squamish
  • East of Chilliwack
  • Across the USA border

Please bring:

  1. Your visitor's vehicle insurance and registration (must include the licence plate information and address)
  2. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement

The permit may be purchased for up to 3 months.

Please bring:

  1. The valid vehicle insurance and registration of your housesitter
  2. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement
  3. Your official travel itinerary or ticket with your name and travel dates (no hotel or ferry reservations)

The permit may be purchased for up to 3 months.

One permit can be issued to you at a time. If you have more than one homecare provider, we can make the permit transferrable between all of your homecare providers' vehicles.

Please bring:

  1. Your homecare provider's BC vehicle insurance and registration
  2. Two pieces of ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement 
  3. A doctor's letter that states you require regular homecare services

The permit is valid for up to one year. We require current ICBC insurance and registration papers and a recently dated residential ID each year.

 For your first application, we require the doctor’s letter to be dated within the last three months. An updated doctor’s letter is required every 5 years.

A contractor is someone who renovates, paints, or completes plumbing or electrical work in your home, while you continue to live there.

A maximum of two permits can be issued to you at a time. If you have more than one contractor, we can make the permits transferable between all of your contractors' vehicles.

Please bring:

  1. Valid vehicle insurance and registration of your contractor(s) working on site
  2. One piece of ID dated within the last three months that shows your address is in the permit zone. For example:
    • Driver's licence
    • Canada Post change of address form
    • Phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement (in electronic or paper format)
    • Rental agreement
  3. Documentation of the dates, location, and type of work being done: For example: 
    • Building permit
    • Work order
    • Invoice

The permit may be purchased for up to 3 months and is valid only during 7:00am and 8:00pm.

It doesn't guarantee a parking spot in front of your home. Does your contractor need reserved street space?

Please use your permit responsibly

If you use your short-term residential parking permit with a vehicle other than the one it was approved for, you may not be allowed to purchase a residential parking permit in the future.

As well, you are responsible for any temporary permits issued to out-of-town visitors, housesitters, homecare providers, or contractors parking at your home.

Short-term and visitor parking permit fees

Type of temporary permit Rate
Contractor $5.36 per day ($5.10 + $0.16 GST)
Courtesy vehicle No charge
Homecare See annual resident parking permit fees
West End Permit zone use the non-market rate of $79.45 per year
All other $10.71 per week ($10.20 + $0.51 GST

You pay for the permit when you apply for it. We accept cash, cheque, debit, and credit card.

Parking permits for students

From another part of BC

If you are moving to Vancouver from within BC, your insurance must be changed to show your address is in the permit zone before you can get an annual residential parking permit.

From outside BC

To be eligible for a residential permit, your vehicle insurance must be changed to ICBC insurance at the permit area address, or you must apply for Exemption status through ICBC. Exemption status allows you to forego changing your vehicle insurance to BC insurance.

For information, call ICBC at 604-443-4624 or 1-800-665-4336.

Please bring the following:

  1. Valid out-of-province vehicle insurance and registration
  2. Student exemption form filled out and stamped by ICBC
  3. Two pieces of residential ID that show your address is in the permit zone, with one item dated within the last three months. For example:
  • Driver's license
  • Canada Post change of address form
  • Non-personal mail (a phone, cable, or hydro bill, or a credit card statement)
  • Printed electronic bill or statement
  • Rental agreement

The residential rate of the permit zone will apply. The fee will be prorated for the duration of the student exemption.

If you need to park your out-of-province vehicle immediately while you wait for the Student Exemption to be processed by ICBC, we can issue you a free-of-charge temporary permit for up to one month. Bring in a piece of residential ID that is dated within the last 3 months, such as a rental contract or utility bill, along with your out-of-province vehicle insurance and registration to our obtain the permit.

Not eligible for permits

Trucks are not eligible for residential parking permits.

Under section 20 of the Street and Traffic Bylaw, vehicles longer than 6.4 m (21 feet) or higher than 2.2 m (7 feet and 2.61 inches) are not eligible for residential parking permits. This includes:

  • Buses
  • Commercial vehicles, including cube vans and limousines
  • Large motorhomes
  • Most Sprinter vans
  • Trailers

Street and Traffic bylaw 

Uninsured vehicles

Residential parking permits are not valid, nor are they issued, on uninsured vehicles or vehicles with off-street storage insurance. Vehicles without proper insurance are prohibited under the BC Motor Vehicles Act from parking on the street or lanes.