On-street parking 101

cars parked on the street

With several holidays and cultural celebrations approaching this spring, many people may be planning get-togethers with family and friends. This could mean more cars than usual will be parked on residential streets. But there are rules you need to be mindful of to avoid getting a ticket left on your windshield. 


What you need to know about on-street parking

In Vaughan, on-street parking is allowed for up to three hours without a permit between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. – unless otherwise signed or prohibited by the Parking By-law (PDF).The fine for parking longer than three hours is $60. On-street parking is not allowed overnight (between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.), unless the vehicle has a valid permit for that date, time and location. The fine for parking overnight is $100 from Dec. 1 to March 31, and $65 from April 1 to Nov. 30.


In an emergency, every second matters. Blocking fire routes, fire department connections and fire hydrants can delay emergency fire response and may also result in a ticket and/or towing at the owner’s expense. The fine for parking in a fire route is $210.


The Parking By-law is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Enforcement officers patrol the city issuing tickets for parking violations. Parking regulations may also be enforced by York Regional Police. To report a parking violation, call Service Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or email the City’s By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services team at bylaw@vaughan.ca.


Get a parking permit, not a ticket

The City offers three types of parking permits you can purchase:

  • Visitor Parking Permits – Residents may buy permits for their visitors to park on city streets.
  • Construction Parking Permits – Residents may buy permits to park their vehicle(s) on the street during construction projects or maintenance activities that prevent them from parking on their own driveway.
  • Resident Monthly Parking Permits – Residents may buy a limited number of monthly parking permits to park their vehicle(s) on streets in designated areas.


Parking permit applications are available online. Permits are electronic and do not need to be printed or displayed. They are non-transferable between licence plate numbers. Unused permit dates cannot be cancelled and reissued later if the dates have already passed. You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Debit and any type of debit credit card are not accepted. Visitor parking permits are $7 per permit for up to 10 days. 


Accessible parking

Valid accessible parking permits allow people to park in accessible spaces but do not provide exemptions from other parking violations, such as in fire routes. Permits must be valid on the date of parking and need to be displayed properly with the front of the permit clearly visible (face-up on the dashboard or attached to a turned-down sun visor). The fine for parking in an accessible space without a valid permit is $410.


For more information about parking in Vaughan, visit vaughan.ca/parking.


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