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Time-limited and metered parking

Parking time limits, metered parking, and other regulations help to:

  • Ensure you can find on-street parking near destinations such as shops, services, and amenities
  • Manage streets in industrial areas
  • Serve residential visitors and service providers in denser neighbourhoods
  • Minimize unnecessary searching for parking, congestion, traffic safety risks, GHG production, and air pollution 

Our goal is to provide up to two available parking spaces per block in peak periods.

Time-limited parking

  • Is typically 1 hour or 2 hours  
  • Gets shorter as demand for parking increases 
  • Is replaced with parking meters if time limits alone are not effective at managing parking

Parking meter rates

  • Vary throughout the city 
  • Are set based on demand and may vary by time of day 
  • Are adjusted annually based on parking data collected in the previous year

Parking meter tips

  • Meters are in effect from 9:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week.
  • Different rates may be in effect for daytime, 9:00am to 6:00pm, and evening, 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Before paying, check if there are restrictions in effect, such as rush hour, special events, or construction.
  • Consider paying with the PayByPhone app.

Other street parking regulations

Loading and passenger zones

Find out about the rules on using a loading zone or passenger zone in Vancouver.

Accessible parking

Find accessible parking in Vancouver. Learn about parking exemptions for people with disabilities, and how to get a SPARC parking permit.

Car-sharing, carpooling and ride-sharing

Save the environment and make new friends. Find out how to join a carpool, car-share, or car co-op.

Motorcycles and scooters

Find motorcycle and scooter parking in Vancouver. Learn how much it costs to park your motorcycle and scooter.

Public parking lots

EasyPark is a City-owned, non-profit company that manages parking lots that are owned and leased by the City of Vancouver.

Find parking lots around Vancouver and in City parks on the EasyPark website .

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