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Locations of Paid City Parking

City parking lots

The City of Ottawa operates several parking lots. All municipally operated parking lots offer long and short-term parking, while select lots offer monthly parking.

The City of Ottawa takes every measure to protect your car while it’s parked in City lots.

Below is a list of the parking lots municipally operated in Ottawa.

Short Term/Monthly Rates

Currently, there are no monthly parking permits available at any City of Ottawa facility that offers monthly parking. Parkers interested in obtaining a monthly parking permit can have their names added to the waiting list by contacting 3-1-1.

Enclosed lots

Lot 3M

Monthly parking Tenant parking – available

210 Gloucester 

Between Bank St and Kent St
2.0 m max

Lot 4M

Monthly parking – winter only between
Nov 1 to Apr 30

70 Clarence St

 

Between ByWard and William St.
2.2 m max

Lot 5M

Monthly parking

141 Clarence St

Between Dalhousie St and Cumberland St
2.0 m max
 

Lot 6M

Monthly parking 

110 Laurier Ave W

Between Laurier Ave W and Lisgar St – under Ottawa City Hall
2.16 m max

Lot 8M

Monthly parking

170 Second Ave

Between Bank St and Lyon St S
2.4 m max

 

Lot 12M

Monthly parking 

762 A Somerset St W

Between Bell St. N and Lebreton St N under St. Luke's Church
2.29 m  max

Unenclosed surface lots

Lot 9

monthly parking not offered

234-250 Slater St

Between Bank St and Kent St

Lot 10M

Monthly parking 

574 Bank St.

Corner of Chamberlain Ave and Bank St

Lot 11M

Monthly parking 

687 Somerset St W

Between Bronson Ave and Cambridge St N

Lot 13M

Monthly parking – winter only between
Nov 1 to Apr 30 

Parkdale Market,
366 Parkdale Ave

Parkdale between Wellington St W
and Armstrong St

Lot 14M

Monthly parking 

301 Preston St

Between Gladstone Ave and Hwy 417 overpass

Lot 15

Monthly parking

531 Albert St

CLOSED

Lot 18M

monthly parking not offered

Former Ottawa Technical High
422 Slater Street

Slater between Bronson Ave 

and Bay St

Lot 20M

Monthly parking 

400 North River Rd

North River Rd at McArthur Ave (Old City of Vanier)

Lot 22M

Monthly parking 

283 Cyr Ave

Between Cody and Olmstead (Old City of Vanier)

Lot 23

Seasonal Parking – May to Sept

2950 Riverside Dr

Mooney’s Bay Beach

Lot 27

monthly parking not offered

111 Kent Street 

Kent St. between Albert St and Queen St

Lot 28

monthly parking not offered

382 Albert

Albert St. Corner of Albert and Lyon St.

Lot 30

Seasonal Parking – May to Sept

727 Trim Rd

Petrie Island Beach

Short-term and monthly rates

On-street

On-street Parking rates vary depending on the location and are subject to change. Please pay attention to the specific rate displayed on the Pay and Display machine

Off-street

All parking rates are subject to change.

  Lot # Address Short-Term Rate
(HST Included)
Monthly Rate
(HST Included)
Spaces Operating Mechanism

Gloucester Garage

212 Gloucester St.

3 212 Gloucester St.

Daily
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
$2.00 / 30 min..
($15.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Monday to Friday
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$1.00 / 30 min..
($4.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
Free

$194.99

213 spaces
7 accessible parking
spaces

5 motorcycle parking spaces

5 Pay and Display – (Automated)

Byward Market Garage

70 Clarence St.

 

4 70 Clarence St.

Morning Special
Monday to Sunday
(6:00 am to 11:00 am)
($2.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Regular Daily Rate
Monday to Saturday
(11:00 am to 6:00 pm)
$1.50 / 30min.
$14.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Evening/Overnight Rate
Monday to Sunday
(6:00 pm to 6:00 am)
$1.50 / 30 min.
($7.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Sundays/Holidays
(6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
$1.50 / 30 min..
($7.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Lost Ticket Charge:
$20.00

$194.99 290 spaces
6 accessible parking
spaces
3 Pay on Foot
(Automated)

Dalhousie Garage 

141 Clarence St.

5 141 Clarence St.

Daily
(6 :00 am to 6:00 pm)
Monday to Friday
$1.25 / 30 min..
($11.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Evenings/Overnight
Monday to Sunday
(6:00 pm to 6:00 am)
1.25 / 30 min.
($4.00 max..)

Saturday/Sundays/Holidays
(6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
$1.25 / 30 min..
($4.00 max..)

Lost Ticket Charge:
$20.00

$194.99 461
6 accessible parking
spaces
2 Electric vehicle
2 Pay on Foot
(Automated)

City Hall Underground Garage

110 Laurier Ave. W

6 110 Laurier Ave.W

Monday to Friday
6:00 am to 6:00 pm
$2.50 / 30 min.
($16.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Saturday / Sunday / Holidays
6:00 am to 6:00 pm
$0.50 / 30 min.
$2.00 max..

Evenings/Overnight
6:00 pm to 6:00 am
$0.50 / 30 min.
$2.00 max.

Lost Ticket Charge: $18.50

$182.00

850 spaces
12 accessible parking
spaces
 

Indoor -
4 Pay-on-Foot & Cashiers

Glebe Garage

170 Second Ave.

8 170 Second Ave.

Daily
Monday to Sunday
8:00 am to midnight
$1.25 / 30 min..

Level 1 & 2 (2 hour max..)
Level 3 & 4 ($14.00 max.. )

Midnight to 8:00 am - Free

$130.00

146 spaces

7 accessible parking spaces

6 motorcycle

2 electric vehicles
               

8 Pay and Display
  9 234-250 Slater St.

Daily
Monday to Friday
(6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
$2.00 / 30 min..
($18.00 max. - may fluctuate)

(6:00 pm to 6:00 am)
$1.00 / 30 min..
($2.00 max.)

Holidays
6:00 am to 6:00 pm
($5.00 max..)

6:00 pm to 6:00 am
$1.00 / 30 min..
($2.00 max..)

Saturday, Sunday - Free

N/A 65 spaces
1 accessible parking
space
1 Pay and Display
  10 574 Bank St.

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
$1.25 / 30 min..
$10.00 max..

Monday to Friday
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$1.25 / 30 min.
$6.50 max.

Saturday
8:30 am to 9:00 pm
$0.50/ 30 min..
$5.00 max.

Sundays and Holidays - Free

$95.00 19 spaces
1 accessible parking
space
1 Pay and Display
  11 687 Somerset St. Daily
Monday to Thursday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
$1.25  / 30 min..
($9.00 max.)
 

Friday
8:30 am to 9:00 pm
$1.25 / 30 min..
($9.00 max.)

Saturday
8:30 am to 9:00 pm
$1.25/30 min..
($5.00 max..)

Sunday/Holidays
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
$1.25 / 30 min..
($5.00 max..)

$95.00 46 spaces
2 accessible parking
spaces
1 Electric vehicle
1 Pay and Display
  12 762 A Somerset St.

Daily
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
$1.25  / 30 min..
($9.00 max. -may fluctuate)

Saturday / Sunday and Holidays
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
$1.00 / 30 min..
($4.00 max..)

$95.00 19 spaces
1 accessible parking
space
1 Pay and Display
  13 Parkdale Market,
366 Parkdale Ave.
Monday to Sunday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
$1.25 / 30 min..
(30 min.. max..)
(May to October Free)
$53.74
(Nov to Apr)
20 spaces
1 accessible parking
space
1 Pay and Display
  14 301 Preston St.

Monday to Sunday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
$1.00  /  30 min..
$9.00 max.

Monday to Sunday
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$0.50/30 min.
$2.00 max.

Sat/Sun/Holidays
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$0.50/30 min. $2.00 max.

$118.80 62 spaces
3 accessible parking spaces
2 Pay and Display
             
  18 422 Slater St

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

$1.00 / 30 min.
(2-hour max..)

Holidays
$1.50 / 30 min. ($16.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Saturday & Sunday - Free

N/A 10 spaces
1 accessible parking
space
1 Pay and Display
  20 400 North River Road Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
$1.25  / 30 min..
($12.00 max..)
 
$105.00 79 spaces
4 accessible parking
spaces
1 Pay and Display
  22 283 Cyr Ave. Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
$0.50 / 30 min..
($4.00 max..)
$55.00 25 spaces
2 accessible parking
spaces
1 Pay and Display
  23 2950 Riverside Dr.
(Mooney's Bay Beach)
Monday to Sunday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
$0.75 / 30 min..
(Seasonal parking passes)
$60.00 available at Terry Fox Field House - 2960 Riverside Dr.
186 spaces
3 accessible parking
spaces
 
5 Pay and Display Stations (Beach Season)
  27 111 Kent St

Daily
Monday to Friday
(6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
$2.00 / 30 min..
($20.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Evening/Overnight
(6:00 pm to 6:00 am)
Monday to Friday
$1.50/ 30 min..
($5.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Saturday & Sunday- Free

N/A

44 spaces
4 accessible parking
spaces

2 Pay and Display
  28 382 Albert St.

Daily
Monday to Friday
(6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Monday to Friday
$2.00 / 30 min..
($20.00 max..- may fluctuate)
 

Evening/Overnight
Monday to Friday
(6:00 pm to 6:00 am)
$1.50 / 30 min..
($5.00 max.. - may fluctuate)

Saturday & Sunday- Free

N/A

33 spaces
2 accessible parking spaces

1 Pay and Display

 Petrie Island

 789 Trim Road

30

789 Trim Road.
(Petrie Island)

Monday to Sunday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
$0.50 / 30 min..
$2.00 max. for 5 hrs

Seasonal parking passes $30 available at 
Orleans Client Service Centre Ray Friel Recreation Complex, and Bob MacQuarrie Recreation complex

274 spaces
3 accessible parking spaces
 

3 Pay and
Display Stations (Beach Season)

All parking rates are subject to change.
All prices include tax.

Municipal Parking Management Strategy

Parking in the ByWard Market

The Municipal Parking Management Principles and Objectives are based on the role of the parking program established in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and are the result of extensive consultation during 2008 and 2009 with Business Improvement Areas, Community Associations, Church representatives, and members of the public interested in issues including accessibility, tourism, cycling, motorcycle and scooter riding, and transportation demand management.

Parking Management Strategy Discussion Paper – April 2009 [PDF 545 KB]

Municipal Parking Management Strategy and Governance Review Report - March 6, 2009

Municipal parking management principles and objectives

The Municipal Parking Management Principles and Objectives are based on the role of the parking program established in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and are the result of extensive consultation during 2008 and 2009 with Business Improvement Areas, Community Associations, Church representatives, and members of the public interested in issues including accessibility, tourism, cycling, motorcycle and scooter riding, and transportation demand management.

The following statement will govern the Municipal Parking Management Program’s policies and objectives and guide its actions:

The Municipal Parking Management Program values efficiency, transparency, and clarity. Stakeholders will be engaged through regular and timely communications and opportunities for consultation.

The following Objectives of the Municipal Parking Management Program clarify its purpose and can be reasonably achieved within the expected timeframe and with the available resources. They will serve as the basis for policy and performance appraisals, and act as glue that binds the entire organization together.

  1. Provide and maintain an appropriate supply of affordable, secure, accessible, convenient, and appealing public parking.
  2. Provide and promote affordable short-term parking services, and fair and consistent enforcement services, that support local businesses, institutions, and tourism.
  3. Promote, establish, and maintain programs and facilities that encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation including public transit, car/van pooling, taxis, auto sharing, cycling, and walking.
  4. Support residential intensification and resolve parking problems within residential areas caused by significant traffic generators or conflicting uses of the roadway, including implementing on-street permit parking programs to relieve area residents and visitors from parking regulations directed at the non-resident.
  5. Ensure the revenues generated by the Municipal Parking Program are sufficient to wholly recover all related operating and life-cycle maintenance expenditures; contribute to a reserve fund to finance future parking system development, operation, and promotion; and then assist in the funding of related initiatives to encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation.

Funding model

Overall Financials

The Municipal Parking Management Program will be financially self-sustaining as a whole.

Municipal Parking Management Program Costs and Revenues will be determined based on the following components:

Revenues
  • On and Off-street Paid Parking Fees
  • Parking Permit Fees
  • Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Levies
  • Net Proceeds obtained from the sale of any parking facility1
Costs
  • Operating Costs2
  • Development Costs3
  • Program Support Services (Finance, Legal, HR, IT, Supply, Records)
  • Incremental Surface Operations Services (Winter Control)
  • Roadway & Curb Lifecycle costs4
  • Depreciation Of Equipment And Facilities
  • Facility Operating And Lifecycle Costs
  • Debt Servicing
  • Contributions To Parking Reserve

Opportunity costs

Track special event costs and revenues, and estimate revenues lost due to special events and meter hoodings

Services between Departments

Where the Municipal Parking Management Program is provided a service by another area of the City, such as Surface Operations for snow clearing, OC Transpo for coin processing, or RPAM for facility operation and life-cycle costs the funds returned to these groups will be earmarked specifically for Municipal Parking Management Program support services.

Use of Revenues

Cash-in lieu of Parking revenues shall be used for the acquisition, establishment, laying out or improvement of additional parking lots or facilities and other parking related activities in accordance with the City's Cash-in-lieu of Parking Fund By-law No. 2004-321, as amended.

Parking Fee revenues shall be used to fund the Municipal Parking Management Program, which includes:

  • On-street Paid Parking Program
  • Off-street Paid Parking Program (including the development of new facilities)
  • On-street Permit Program
  • Local Area Parking Study Program ($150,000 per year)
  • Marketing and Promotion Program (including an maximum annual grant of $5,000 per BIA per year for promotion and projects in keeping with Municipal Parking Management Strategy objectives)
  • Tour Bus Parking Program
  • Related initiatives to encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation

Long term planning

A capital program plan shall be developed to plan costs and revenues over the longer term and to ensure the Municipal Parking Management Program assets are maintained and new assets are built or provided through other means such as Public Private Partnerships as required.

Approvals / financial documents

Annual Budget and Work Plan – Approved by Council annually

Annual Report – Received and reviewed by Council annually

Capital Program Plan – Approved by Council; Updated as Required

 

Parking rate setting guideline

  1. On-street and Off-street Public Parking Rates, hours, and locations will be set by Council on an Annual Basis as part of the approval of the Parking Management Program Work Plan and Budget approval, based on the results of Local Area Parking Studies, and after consultation with stakeholders including appropriate BIAs, Community Associations, the Ward Councillor, and Places of Worship.
  2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1 above, On-street Public Parking Rates, hours, and locations may be varied by staff at any time throughout the year provided the variation of the rates is consistent with the Municipal Parking Management Strategy and is within the range approved by City Council as part of the annual budget, and the local Ward Councillor, BIA, and Community Association concur;
  3. Notwithstanding paragraph 1 above, off-street rates maybe varied by staff at any time throughout the year to reflect seasonal and market adjustments, or to encourage alternative modes of transportation, such as motorcycles, scooters, and auto-share vehicles provided the variation of the rates is consistent with the Municipal Parking Management Strategy and is within the range approved by City Council as part of the annual budget.
  4. Local Area Parking Studies will be undertaken for all designated areas, by order of priority based on the following criteria:
    1. On-street utilization in the area is less than 75% or greater than 85% during peak periods.
    2. There is a Community Design Plan, a traffic network study or a similar related study that the Local Area Parking Study would benefit from being integrated with.
    3. Stakeholders are actively asking that the City find a solution to a problem or to make a change to existing public parking hours, rates or locations.
    4. The City is ready to undertake the study (funding, resources, corporate priorities)
    5. Identified Stakeholders are ready to participate in the study.
  5. All areas subject to paid parking will be monitored with respect to utilization rates and turnover for both on and off-street facilities on an annual basis. These results will be communicated to stakeholders. Should utilization change unexpectedly, staff and stakeholders may consider adjusting the rates prior to the next annual report to Council.
  6. On and off-street rates and hours for different areas should vary only where there is an appropriate justification for the variance. A comparison of rates and hours in various locations will be included in the annual report.
  7. When on-street paid parking is introduced to a new area or a new off-street facility is opened a special introductory rate should be considered, and a communication plan should be developed to advise the public of the change.
  8. Transportation modes that take up less than half of a regular parking stall (such as motorcycles, scooters, and smart cars), or otherwise reduce the demand for space in parking facilities (auto share vehicles or registered car/van pool vehicles) should be considered for a reduced rate where practical.
  9. The On-Street Parking Permit Program should be provided on a cost recovery basis.
  10. Unsecured bicycle parking should be provided free of charge; secured bicycle parking will be provided based on the recovery of operational costs.

 

Performance measures

An Annual report will be prepared and provided to Council and made available to stakeholders.

It will include:

  • A review of performance measures noted below that relate to the Principles and Objectives of the Municipal Parking Management Program
  • An overview of identified goals and objectives for the current year and progress towards meeting them
  • A financial overview of the Municipal Parking Management Program, including revenues and expenses as well as capital budgets (cash-in-lieu fund; parking reserve fund)
  • Identification of new program initiatives and budget implications
  • Marketing information regarding availability of parking for various needs
  • A review of the use of on-street parking stalls by motorcycles
  • Further, the third Annual Report will include a comparison of the existing parking governance model with a Parking Authority model.

The Municipal Parking Management Program values efficiency, transparency, and clarity. Stakeholders will be engaged through regular and timely communications and opportunities for consultation.

Efficiency:
    1. Gross operating cost per on-street space (in accordance with OMBI)
    2. Gross operating cost per off-street space (in accordance with OMBI)
    3. Net revenue generated per on-street space (in accordance with OMBI)
    4. Net revenue generated per off-street space (in accordance with OMBI)
Transparency & Clarity
    1. Principles and Objectives promoted and available
    2. Financials accessible for review
    3. Description of number and type of opportunities for consultation / delegations
Regular and Timely Communications
    1. Number of Stakeholders Consultation Group Meetings
    2. Minutes of meetings available
    3. Annual Business Report
    4. Number and variety of stakeholders engaged for various parking studies and operational issues
    5. Provision of parking study results to public
  1. Provide and maintain an appropriate supply of affordable, secure, accessible, convenient, and appealing public parking.
    1. Number of managed on-street and off-street spaces
    2. Impact of adjustments to improve management of supply
    3. On-street sustained peak utilization by area – target 75% to 85%
    4. Review of any security issues and what actions were taken
    5. Number Disabled parking spaces provided
    6. Measures to improve convenience of facilities and equipment
    7. Photographic review of facilities illustrating the up-keep of existing parking, use of art in public places, quality of landscaping and streetscaping.
  1. Provide and promote affordable short-term parking services and fair and consistent enforcement services that support local businesses, institutions, and tourism.
    1. Number and use of short-term visitor parking spaces provided
    2. List of improvements to management of short term parking undertaken
    3. Number, location, and use of Tour Bus Parking Spaces
    4. Marketing and Promotion activities undertaken and their results
    5. Analysis of cancelled tickets to ensure adherence to Council approved enforcement standards
  1. Promote, establish, and maintain programs and facilities that encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation including public transit, car/van pooling, taxis, auto sharing, cycling, and walking.
    1. Number and use of auto share spaces provided
    2. Number and use of car/van pooling spaces provided
    3. Number and use of bicycle parking spaces provided
    4. List of any related initiatives to encourage alternative modes of transportation funded by program
  1. Support residential intensification, and resolve parking problems within residential areas caused by significant traffic generators or conflicting uses of the roadway, including implementing on-street permit parking programs to relieve area residents and visitors from parking regulations directed at the non-resident.
    1. Number of On-street Residential Parking Permits issued
    2. Number of Other On-street Permits issued
  1. Ensure the revenues generated by the Municipal Parking Program are sufficient to wholly recover all related operating and life-cycle maintenance expenditures; contribute to a reserve fund to finance future parking system development, operation, and promotion; and then assist in the funding of related initiatives to encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation.
    1. Municipal Parking development, operating, and life-cycle maintenance expenditures recovered
    2. Amount of contributions to Reserve Fund
    3. Promotion and marketing initiatives undertaken and funded
    4. Related transportation demand management initiatives undertaken and funded

 

Parking function accountabilities

A variety of City Departments are responsible for different aspects of the Parking Function. These accountabilities are documented below. Key coordination points and lead roles are outlined below.

High Level Policies

The Strategy for the Municipal Parking Management Program must align to overarching policy documents and programs managed by internal and external interests. The following are examples:

  • Highway Traffic Act
  • Municipal Act
  • The Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan
  • The Cycling Plan

Focusing on municipal parking management

All of these high-level policies have contributed to the creation of a single document that brings focus and establishes the role of the management of municipally controlled parking:

  • The Municipal Parking Management Strategy**

Tools for implementation

There are a number of tools used to implement the different high-level policies. The use of these tools must be coordinated, understanding that many of them have broader concerns that must be balanced with Municipal Parking Management Strategy objectives. These include:

  • Community Design Plans*
  • Neighbourhood Planning Initiatives*
  • The Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw*
  • The Traffic and Parking Bylaw**
  • Local Area Parking Study Program **
  • Parking Stakeholders Consultation Group**

*Coordination Point: Led by Planning and involve multidisciplinary teams

**Coordination Point: Led by Traffic and Parking Operations and involve Parking Enforcement, Planning, Economic Development, and others as appropriate.

Supporting functions to ensure success

A successful Municipal Parking Management Program requires effective coordination of the following functions:

  • On and Off- Street Paid Parking Programs
  • On street Permit Parking Program
  • Tour Bus Strategy
  • Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Program
  • Parking Enforcement

1 Costs to be paid to the City and the balance remaining after payment of incidental expenses be paid into the Parking Reserve Fund

2 Includes an annual grant of up to $5,000 to each BIA that has metered parking for initiatives that are in keeping with the Municipal Parking Management Strategy as per Council’s direction of April 22, 2009

3 In additional to the current policy, the Percentage for Art Program applies to Parking Development projects in excess of $500,000 as per Council’s direction of April 22, 2009

4 Roadway costs relate only to infrastructure specifically constructed to accommodate on-street parking

Parking studies

Parking Studies

Local Area Parking Studies provide a comprehensive review of parking in an area, and then determine what, if any adjustments are required to the management of public parking.

The demand for parking and the supply of parking is surveyed for each area being studied.  Demand for parking is measured based on utilization over a peak period. The utilization rate represents the percentage of spaces occupied in an area. In accordance with the City’s Municipal Parking Management Strategy and industry best practices, where a survey indicates utilization is over 85% for a sustained period and in a broad area, measures to manage demand (shorter durations, the introduction of paid parking), or increase supply are considered. The public is consulted during the study, typically through the Ward Councillor, Community Associations and Business Improvement Areas.

Current Parking studies

The study in Wellington West will be a key piece to the broader Kitchissippi Parking Strategy which will also include the Westboro Village area.

 Completed Parking Studies

Contact

Scott Caldwell
Area Manager
Parking Services Branch
City Operations Portfolio, Public Works Department
Phone: 613-580-2424 x 27581
E-mail: scott.caldwell@ottawa.ca

 

Seasonal beach parking pass

The Seasonal Beach Parking Pass is available for purchase from April to September, for use from May to September, and provides an easy and convenient parking option for parkers using Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island beaches. Passes for Petrie Island are available for purchase at Orleans Client Service Centre, Ray Friel Recreation Complex, and Bob MacQuarrie Recreation complex. Passes for Mooney’s Bay are available for purchase at Terry Fox Field House at Mooney’s Bay.

Motorcycle and scooter parking

Background

In alignment with the Council approved Municipal Parking Management Strategy, the City provides half-price motorcycle and scooter parking at all paid on-street spaces and most parking lots and garages.

On-street

All of the City’s paid on-street parking spaces offer year round half-price scooter and motorcycle parking.

To obtain the half-price rate at an on-street space, press the “motorcycle” button on the Pay & Display machine before inserting coins or a credit card.

Pay & Display parking lots and garages

All of the City’s parking lots and garages that use Pay & Display machines for payment offer year round half-price motorcycle and scooter parking.  This includes all parking lots except for 70 Clarence St., 141 Clarence St., and 110 Laurier Ave. (City Hall).

To obtain the half-price rate at Pay & Display parking lots and garages, press the “motorcycle” button on the Pay & Display machine before inserting coins or a credit card.

70 Clarence St.

The 70 Clarence St. parking garage offers seasonal half-price scooter parking in the motorcycle and scooter parking compound.  The compound typically operates from Victoria Day to Labour Day of each year, weather dependent, and provides space for 11 motorcycles and scooters at the half-price rate.

To obtain the half-price rate in the motorcycle and scooter parking compound at 70 Clarence St., use the Pay & Display machine located in the compound.

Seasonal permits for the motorcycle and scooter compound are available by contacting one of the City’s Client Service Centres.

Motorcycle and scooter parkers may park anywhere else in the garage if the compound is full or closed, but are required to pay standard parking rates.

141 Clarence St.

The 141 Clarence St. parking garage does not provide half-price scooter and motorcycle parking.  Instead, scooter and motorcycle users are encouraged to use the summer motorcycle and scooter parking compound in the 70 Clarence St. parking garage or to park on-street to obtain the half-price rate.

City Hall

The City Hall parking garage at 110 Laurier Ave. offers year round half-price motorcycle and scooter parking which may be obtained by paying the attendant at the exit gate instead of using the Pay on Foot machines.

PayByPhone

Half-price motorcycle and scooter parking is also available with PayByPhone at all on-street spaces and in all Pay & Display parking lots and garages 

To obtain the half-price rate using PayByPhone for motorcycle and scooter parking, register for a PayByPhone account and select “motorcycle/scooter” as the vehicle type.  The half-price rate will be automatically applied when a transaction is made.

Paying with the PayByPhone system eliminates the need to display a parking receipt on your motorcycle or scooter.

Proof of payment

Motorcycle and scooter drivers must display their Pay & Display ticket on their motorcycle or scooter to show proof of payment. 

Pay & Display ticket sleeves

To assist motorcycle and scooter riders in displaying their Pay & Display ticket, the City of Ottawa has created a plastic sleeve which allows a Pay & Display ticket to be inserted and attached onto the handlebars of a motorcycle or scooter.  Use of the sleeve is optional and they are available for free at the following locations:

  •  Ottawa City Hall Client Service Centre
     110 Laurier Avenue West
     Monday to Friday
     8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centre
    101 Centrepointe Drive
    Monday to Friday
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Orléans Client Service Centre
    255 Centrum Blvd.
    Monday to Friday
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Kanata Client Service Centre
    580 Terry Fox Drive
    Monday to Friday
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Market Kiosk
    55 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa

Deputization Program

The objectives of the Deputization Program:

  • To reduce private parking violations by authorizing owners, on-site personnel, or their agents
  • To enforce infractions in a more timely manner than could be achieved by Bylaw Enforcement Officers dispatched to the property
  • To reduce the number of requests made to Bylaw Officers for service to private properties – as a result freeing resources for right-of-way and traffic management.

Interested parties can begin the authorization process by collecting the necessary information required in the Deputization Program Application.

The completed application should be forwarded to the address found on this page. Upon review of the application, the Bylaw and Regulatory Services Office will contact you.

Should you have any questions in regards to the application or the process of Deputization Program, please contact Kevin Heiss  at 613-580-2424 x41864 or at kevin.heiss@Ottawa.ca.

Rules and Regulations for Private Property Owners

  • The Deputization Appointment confers the authority to issue Parking Infraction Notices for motor vehicles parked on private property without the consent of the property owner as defined in Bylaw 2003-530, or motor vehicles illegally parked in a signed fire route or a signed disabled parking space.
  • The Deputization Appointment does not confer the authority to tow, move or remove the motor vehicles. Any towing, moving or removing of the motor vehicles shall be undertaken only with the presence and assistance of a City of Ottawa Parking Control Officer or, in an emergency situation only, an Ottawa Police Officer.

Application Requirements – Property Owner

PLEASE NOTE: In this section the term “owner” (when used in relation to property) denotes “the registered owner of the property”.

The Property Owner must submit along with the attached application form the following materials:

  • Proof of property ownership (i.e., City of Ottawa tax bill) or (copy of Board meeting minutes if Condominium Corporation);
  • Certificate of Insurance (sample attached …note highlighted requirements);
  • Written request naming nominees for Deputization;
  • Properties for which nominees will be deputized;
  • Completed Criminal Records Check (green form). This may be obtained by attending any of the Ottawa Police Service Branches. The check must not be older than 90 days.

Conditions for Deputization

Each nominee for Deputization Program shall:

  • Be either the registered owner of the property, or a person authorized in writing by the Private Property Owner to enforce the parking regulations on the property;
  • Be approved by the Ottawa Police Services Department;
  • Have been appointed by Ottawa City Council as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer to enforce relevant provisions of the Traffic and parking Bylaw Number 2003-530 and the Fire Routes Bylaw Number 2003-499, as applicable;
  • Have participated in and passed the City of Ottawa Training Session on the issuance of Parking Infraction Notices under Part II of the Provincial Offences Act.

Indemnification

  • The Private Property Owner or his/her agent shall provide evidence of such insurance (Certificate of Insurance or Insurance Policy) to the City of Ottawa prior to the commencement of the Deputization Program, and shall keep that evidence current at all times.
  • The Private Property Owner shall be responsible for the act or acts of each and every deputized individual in the same manner and to the same extent as if such act or acts were performed by the Private Property Owner.

Regulations

  • The Private Property Owner agrees that:
    • All issued Certificate of Parking Infractions, spoiled Parking Infraction Notices and Certificate Control Lists will be remitted within 3 business days following the day of issue to one of the following Client Service Centre locations:
      • 110 Laurier Avenue West (Ottawa)
      • 100 Constellation Crescent. (Nepean)
      • 580 Terry Fox Drive (Kanata)
      • 255 Centrum Boulevard (Orleans)
    • Upon receipt of a Notice of Trial it will be responded to promptly.
    • The Bylaw Services branch will be advised immediately in writing when an appointed Municipal Law Enforcement Officer is no longer in the employ of the Private Property Owner or is no longer authorized to enforce parking regulations on the property of the Private Property Owner;
    • For each new person to be deputized, the Private Property Owner will submit a written request with the name of the person to be deputized, a completed Personal Record Search Form (with the appropriate payment), as well as Proof of Insurance as described in Section 3.
  • The Private Property Owner will respond in writing within ten (10) days to any inquiry/correspondence from the public regarding Provincial Infraction Notice’s issued by deputized personnel.
  • The Private Property Owner will ensure that deputized personnel communicate effectively, courteously and tactfully with all persons having questions about parking tickets issued.
  • The Private Property Owner will ensure that deputized personnel will appear in Provincial Offences court, as required, to defend tickets issued.
  • The Private Property Owner understands and agrees that the Corporation shall retain all monies collected, as a result of the issuance of Parking Infraction Notices.
  • The Private Property Owner shall observe and comply with all laws of Ontario and Canada, as well as by-laws, rules, regulations, notices, orders and demands of the Corporation.
  • The Private Property Owner understands and agrees that any abuse of the deputization privilege or a breach of any of the rules or regulations of the Deputization Program may result in the revocation of the authority to issue Parking Infraction Notices.

Any notice required respecting the Deputization Program must be mailed to the City of Ottawa by personal delivery or by registered mail, postage prepaid and addressed to:

City of Ottawa
Emergency and Protective Services
By-Law Services
735 Industrial Avenue, 2nd floor
Ottawa, ON K1G 5J1
 

Attention: Deputization Program

Large vehicles

Motor homes and tour buses qualify as “large vehicles”, and there are special parking regulations for each. Review the information on this page, and see more details on encroachment permits.

Motor homes 

The City of Ottawa also recognizes the popularity and convenience of visiting the city via motorhome.  Unfortunately, the city does not provide parking in Municipal parking lots for motorhomes.  For your convenience, below is a listing of free parking locations for motor homes.  When parking on private property, get permission from the property owner first, and observe any restrictions they may have.

For more information on bylaws specific to large vehicles, please visit: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits/laws

Free parking locations for motor homes:

Place Address Fee Daytime Overnight Additional
Casino Du Lac Leamy 1 Boulevard du Casino Gatineau QC Free 8:30 am to 4 am    No
  • Parking in designated areas
  • Casino Guest only
Rideau Carleton Raceway 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa, ON Free Open 24 hrs Yes
  • Parking only available in the south parking lot.
  • No hook-ups available for overnight staying
  • Must register with Casino Courtesy desk.
  • Designated parking areas will be confirmed
Walmart 2210 Bank Street Ottawa, ON   Free

Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm

Sun
8 am to 8 pm 

       

Yes
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
  3651 Strandherd Dr Ottawa, ON Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm
Sun
8 am to 8 pm
Yes
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
  3900 Innes Rd Orleans, ON Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm
Sunday
8 am to 8 pm
Yes
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance

Information:
For more information, please call 3-1-1
(Press 2 for parking & by-laws, then 1 for parking)

Local: 613-580-2400
Toll free: 1-866-261-9799
TTY: 613-580-2401

Tour Bus Parking

As visitors to our nation’s capital region make up an integral part of Ottawa’s tourism industry, and help drive the overall economic success of Ottawa, the city offers several parking options, as well as convenient pick up and drop off locations for visiting tour buses.  On this page, you will find details of the different types of parking options available to you, which include free and metered parking, as well as parking permits. 

 The City of Ottawa defines a Tour Bus as: 

"Tour bus” means a bus with the name and address of its operator or owner plainly displayed in letters and figures not less than five (5) centimetres in height in a conspicuous place on both sides of the vehicle, but does not include a public transit motor vehicle or a shuttle bus service.” (City of Ottawa Traffic and Parking By-law No 2003-530)

Map of Tour Bus Parking Options [zoomed in map

Map of tour bus parking areas in the Ottawa area

*Important reminder: Construction projects can affect traffic flow on city roads. Tour bus operators should be aware of current projects when planning routes.

 Free tour bus parking:

  • LeBreton Flats / Commissioner Street: maximum of 3 hours 
  • LeBreton Flats / Fleet Street: maximum of 3 hours
  • ​​Robert Guertin Center, 125 De Carillon Street, Gatineau, QC (7 am to 5 pm – Mon to Sun)
  • Note: Tour bus spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis

​Metered tour bus parking:   

                                                              Yellow tour bus parking meters like this one are located throughout the city.

Yellow tour bus parking meters are located on-street throughout the downtown area. (see above map).
Parking fees are $1.50 for 20 minutes. Meters accept 25¢, $1 and $2 coins and Credit Cards.  Operators are also permitted to park at the metered tour bus parking areas using the 24 hour Tour Bus Parking Permit.(see below for details)

Weekend parking 

Free weekend parking is available on weekends at on-street parking meters located within the downtown core (The Rideau Canal to Bronson Avenue, and Wellington Street to Catherine Street). *Please check parking signs, as time restrictions may apply.

24-hour Tour bus parking permits 

24-hour Tour Bus Parking Permits are available to tour bus operators, and can be a very convenient option, as they are pre-paid and allow longer term parking at any of the yellow tour bus parking meters.  After purchasing a permit, there is no need to feed the meter. Drivers can simply display the permit on the inside of their vehicle’s windshield.  The permit indicates both the time and date of expiry.

Purchasing a 24-hour Tour bus parking permit 

Permits are $25 each, HST included, and can be obtained at the City of Ottawa’s Champagne Fitness Centre at 321 King Edward Avenue and at City Hall Client Service Centre at 110 Laurier Avenue.

Champagne Fitness Centre hours:
Monday- Wednesday, Friday    6:30 am to 9:45 pm
Thursday                                   9 am to 9:45 pm
Saturday and Sunday               9 am to 4:45 pm

City Hall Client Service Centre hours:
Monday-Friday                 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday      Closed

*Please note there is no tour bus parking at City Hall

Tour Bus Permits can also be obtained from select downtown hotels (before arriving please contact destination hotel directly to inquire).

For more information, please call 3-1-1
(Press 2 for parking & by-laws, then 1 for parking, then 5 for permits)

Local: 613-580-2400
Toll free: 1-866-261-9799
TTY: 613-580-2401

Tour bus operators coming to Parliament Hill  

Please note that due to safety reasons, no public vehicles, including tour buses, are permitted on Parliament Hill to stop, park or load. These provisions are in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To avoid fees and possible towing, convenient loading and unloading zones are specifically identified on the map below.  These spaces are loading and unloading zones only. Which means that tour buses must depart immediately after dropping off and/or picking up passengers.  Please note the times and locations for off-peak hours and rush hours.

Please be reminded that this information is subject to change. 

Click to enlargeMap of Parliament Hill

 

Rideau Hall

Tour buses can drop off visitors in the lay-by area adjacent to the site on Princess Avenue, next to the main gate on Sussex Drive. Drivers must remain with their buses in this area during the tours.

Tour buses may use the Overflow Holding Area in Rockcliffe Park. Operators may park for longer periods and may leave their bus to use the nearby services such as the washrooms and the snack bar.

If you have any questions concerning tour bus parking at Rideau Hall, you may contact the Rideau Hall Visitors Services Office at 613-991-4422 or
1-866-842-4422.

Please be reminded that this information is subject to change.


Idling motor vehicles 

Ottawa is committed to preserving and respecting the natural beauty of our city for all residents and visitors alike.  To further that goal, and for safety and health reasons, tour buses are not permitted to leave their engines running for more than 5 minutes if stopped or parked anywhere in the city.  The following exceptions apply:

  • The vehicles are operated by a private bus transportation company in the course of providing transportation services and the vehicles are carrying passengers 
  • Weather conditions justify the use of heating or refrigerating systems powered by the motor or engine for the safety and welfare of the operator, passengers or animals, or the preservation of perishable cargo, and the vehicle is stationary for purposes of actively loading or unloading.

To read more about these specific regulations, please visit:

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits/laws/noise-law-law-no-2004-253
http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/laws-licenses-and-permits/laws/idling-control-law-law-no-2007-266

Information:

For more information, please call 3-1-1
(Press 2 for parking & by-laws, then 1 for parking)

Local: 613-580-2400
Toll free: 1-866-261-9799
TTY: 613-580-2401

Parking at National Museums

When parking at any museum, get permission directly from the museum first, and observe any restrictions they may have.
 

Museum

Parking Details

Diefenbunker5 Five free tour bus parking spaces available inside the Bunker gates available form 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless special arrangements are made in advance).
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum    paid overnight parking possible (contact museum for details)

 

 

Canadian Aviation and Space  Museum                                                                                                                                                                                

paid overnight parking possible (contact museum for details)
Canadian Museum of History                                                                                                                                            No parking on premise.  Buses park along Laurier Street.  Free parking for buses at the Robert-Guertin arena close-by and a dedicated bus section on boulevard des Allumettières between Laurier and Maisonneuve.
Canadian War Museum  There are a few spots in the round-about, by the group entrance and there is city parking for buses along the parkway (quite a few spaces).