Parking regulations


City council passed a resolution for a one-year pilot project that permits parking on the paved portion of a boulevard (driveway between the sidewalk and the road) in Wards 1-4 and Wards 6-10 from now until March 31, 2019. Parking on the boulevard is already permitted in Ward 5.

There are some areas where boulevard parking is not applicable as there is not enough space for vehicles to park. 

The following standards outline where parking on the boulevard can occur:
  • Vehicles, if parked parallel to the road, must be facing the direction of travel.
  • Vehicles must not park on the landscaped or hardscaped portion of the boulevard or access the paved portion of the boulevard by driving over landscaped or hardscaped portions of the boulevard.
  • The vehicle must be fully encompassed on the paved portion of the boulevard.
  • All tires must be fully on the hard surface.
  • No part of the vehicle can overhang the sidewalk or the curb/road edge.
  • Residents with abutting driveways must not overhang the projection of the property line.
  • No boulevard parking will be permitted within 15 metres of an intersection.
  • Only driveways providing access to single family, semi- detached and street fronting townhouses are applicable.

Parking regulations are in place to ensure safety and fairness for local pedestrians, drivers, home and business owners. Here is a summary of the regulations we ask you to keep in mind when parking your vehicle anywhere in our city.

Please refrain from parking your vehicle:

  • For more than three consecutive hours on any city street from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., unless signs are posted to indicate otherwise. From April 1 through Nov. 30 each year, you can park your vehicle on any city street from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. This exemption means bylaw enforcement staff will not ticket cars parked on city streets during those hours so long as they comply with all other posted regulations.
  • On or over any sidewalk, or on a city boulevard - paved or grass. This includes between the sidewalk and street.
  • In prohibited areas.
  • Facing the wrong direction.
  • On private property without the consent of the owner or occupant.
  • Within three metres (3 m.) of a fire hydrant.
  • In a designated fire route.
  • In an accessible parking space, unless you have a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) accessible parking permit clearly displayed on your dashboard.
  • For a second time within five hours of initial parking in the two-hour free parking spaces downtown.
  • Vehicles with expired licence plates - or without licence plates are also prohibited from parking on city streets.
  • Trucks that weigh in excess of 4,600 kg. (4.6 tons) are not allowed to park on city streets.

If your vehicle is found in violation of any of our parking bylaws, you may be issued a ticket and your vehicle may be towed at your own expense. Parking violation fines can range from $15 to $300.

Reporting violations:

To report a parking violation, please call 519-741-2345 - or, use Pingstreet, our mobile app, to take a photo of the parking problem and the image to us.

Camera enforcement vehicle

The City of Kitchener is using new parking enforcement technology that uses a camera based software system that scans license plates for the purpose of enforcing parking regulations. The system allows by-law enforcement officers to respond to customer complaints in a more timely manner, covering a larger area of the city within a shorter period of time. The system is initially being used to enforce time limits on city streets including the re-parking by-law within the downtown core, as well as the three hour time limit.

How it works

  • The vehicle is equipped with four cameras mounted along the top and sides of the vehicle
  • The cameras will scan the image of the vehicle, license plate, tire location
  • The software records the date, time, license plate and GPS coordinates of the vehicle
  • Once the time limit has expired, the Officer will return to the same location and the system will scan the license plate, tire location and GPS coordinates, the system will advise us if a vehicle has been parked in the same location longer than the permitted time limit
  • The by-law officer will review the data and issue a ticket if appropriate

Ensuring Privacy

Information collected will be stored on a secure City of Kitchener server for the period of time required by the city's records retention by-law; however any information that is not related to a parking infraction will not be retained. All information collected will be kept private and confidential.  

Additional parking regulations

Every winter, from Dec. 1 through March 31 you cannot park on any city street from 2:30 to 6 a.m. 

Our tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on a city street when a snowfall of more than eight (8) cm. is forecast or a snow event is declared.

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