Parking Permits

Business identity card parking permit

The purpose of the Business Identity Card Permit is to provide special short-term parking privileges for drivers of commercial or delivery and pick-up vehicles, not including passenger services, in the downtown and business districts of the City.  The card is essentially a permit that allows drivers to temporarily park on-street in “Loading” or signed “No Parking” zones.  It is intended to serve business-related drivers and is applicable across the City, where defined Loading or No Parking zones exist along the street.  It is not intended to provide any special privilege with respect to metered parking or other parking-restricted areas.

Permit holders are allowed to stop, for purposes of delivery, pick-up, or loading, for: (i) up to fifteen (15) minutes in a "No Parking Zone"; or (ii) up to fifteen (15) minutes in a "Loading Zone".

Approximate cost

  • 2017: $120 per year (per vehicle)

Approximate timeline

  • Upon the approval of a completed application form with permit fee

Permit requirements

Applicants are required to complete an application form and provide proof of their eligibility by describing in writing the nature of their business or service that requires them to be involved in the delivery and/or pickup of goods, packages, or messages in the normal conduct of that business or the provision of that service.

Who to Contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Day care parking permit

The purpose of the Day Care Parking Permit is to provide a safe and convenient manner for the drop-off and pick-up of day care users (i.e. children), without a significant disruption to the availability of on-street parking or the operation of the street. In general, the Day Care Parking Permit entails the establishment of a temporary pick-up and drop-off zone along the street, where vehicles can stop for the purpose of picking up children.  “No Parking” zones are established on-street adjacent to the day care centers and permits are then issued to provide special fifteen minute privileges for loading and unloading only in that zone.  The No Parking zones may be time-of-day and time-of-week specific, and the special privileges are applicable only during those specified times. The permit is intended as a remedial measure at day care centers that do not have adequate off-street pick-up and drop-off areas.

Permit holders are allowed to park for no more than fifteen minutes only in the defined area that corresponds to the permit.

Approximate cost

  • 2017: $263 per year

Approximate timeline

  • the approval of a completed application form with permit fee

Permit requirements

The applicant must complete an application form and provide evidence including:

  • That they are an administrative manager of a licensed Day Care center
  • Justification for the required number of parking permits as requested
  • Vehicle owner name and licence plate number of each vehicle for which a permit is to be issued

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Special events parking permit

The purpose of the Special Event Parking Permit is to provide short-term on-street parking privileges under special circumstances typically for only infrequent not-for-profit or charitable events at locations such as schools, places of worship, and other institutions.  In general, permits are issued to provide patrons some relief from time-restriction regulations when a special parking longer-duration demand is anticipated that cannot be accommodated off-street.

The permit is intended to allow patrons of a limited range of non-commercial special events to park longer than is otherwise permitted on specified streets.  It is not intended to provide any special privilege with respect to metered parking, loading zones, no stopping zones, or other parking-restricted areas.

Approximate cost

  • 2017: $25.50 (per event per area) 

Approximate timeline

  • Upon the approval of a completed application form with permit fee

Permit requirements

The applicant must complete an application form and state the reasons why the permit is required and needed including:

  • the nature of the special event;
  • the date(s), time of day, and duration;
  • the number of available off-street parking spaces;
  • the approximate number of on-street parking spaces required;
  • That alternative off-street means of providing the required temporary parking were sought by the applicant but found to be unavailable; and,
  • That means to reduce vehicle demand such as the promotion of walking, cycling, transit use, ridesharing were considered.

The applicant must be either the property owner where the special event is to be located or be the event manager/organizer authorized by the owner.

Events related to retailing or other commercial activities shall not be eligible.

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Special events parking permit funeral

The purpose of the Special Event Parking Permit Funeral is to provide short-term on-street parking privileges for funerals.  In general, permits are issued to provide patrons some relief from time-restriction regulations when a special parking longer-duration demand is anticipated that cannot be accommodated off-street.

The permit is intended to allow patrons of a funeral to park longer than is otherwise permitted on specified streets.  It is not intended to provide any special privilege with respect to metered parking, loading zones, no stopping zones, or other parking-restricted areas.

Approximate cost

  • 2017: No cost 

Approximate timeline

  • Upon the approval of a completed application form

Permit requirements

The applicant must complete an application form and state the reasons why the permit is required and needed including:

  • the date(s), time of day, and duration;
  • the number of available off-street parking spaces;
  • the approximate number of on-street parking spaces required;

The applicant must be an authorized agent of the location of the funeral

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Tour bus parking permit

Tour Bus Parking Permits are used by tour bus operators to park at any of the yellow tour bus parking meters.  Each permit is valid for a maximum period of 24 consecutive hours and allows a tour bus to park at any designated tour bus meter without having to pay the hourly rate.  The permit indicates both the time and date of expiry.

Approximate cost

  • $25 per permit

Approximate timeline

  • Upon receiving the permit fee

Permit requirements

  • Permit fee

Who to contact

Contact 3-1-1

Where to apply

No application necessary; permits may be purchased at:

  • City Hall Client Service Centre (110 Laurier Avenue)
  • Champagne Pool Recreation Facility (321 King Edward Avenue)

Volunteer parking permit

The purpose of the Volunteer Parking Permit is to provide special short-term parking privileges for volunteers who are volunteer drivers for a non-profit or charity organization.  The card is essentially a permit that allows drivers to temporarily park on-street in “Loading” or signed “No Parking” zones.  It is not intended to provide any special privilege with respect to metered parking or other parking-restricted areas.

Permit holders are allowed to stop, for purposes of delivery, pick-up, or loading, for: (i) up to fifteen (15) minutes in a "No Parking Zone"; or (ii) up to fifteen (15) minutes in a "Loading Zone".

Approximate cost

  • 2017: No cost

Approximate timeline

  • Upon the approval of a completed application form

Permit requirements

Permit applications must be completed by the local agency which must be a registered charity in Ontario.  The Volunteer Parking Permit(s) are then issued to that agency for assignment to their drivers. Agencies will be issued permits that include the driver’s licence plate number. Once issued, the agency will be responsible for the permit.

Who to contact

Volunteer Services at 613-580-2624 or volunteer@ottawa.ca

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre