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Getting around the City

Accessible Parking Permit (APP)

Holders of a valid Accessible Parking Permit (APP) are entitled to special parking privileges in public parking areas and on public roadways. Ottawa residents with temporary or permanent disabilities can obtain an application for an Accessible Parking Permit (APP) by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-267-8097 or by contacting your local ServiceOntario centre.

Who is eligible?  

Any person who holds an Accessible Parking Permit (APP) is eligible. The City of Ottawa honours valid accessible parking permits, licence plates, markers, or devices bearing the international symbol for access, for permit holders from other jurisdictions.

Getting or replacing an Accessible Parking Permit (APP) 

Ottawa residents with temporary or permanent disabilities can obtain an application for an Accessible Parking Permit (APP) by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-267-8097or by contacting your local ServiceOntario centre.

 How to use your permit  

Your permit must be displayed on the dashboard or sun visor of the vehicle in a way that the permit number and expiry date are clearly visible.

On-street privileges 

Time limits are extended to four (4 ) hours at Pay & Display machines and elsewhere where parking is permitted, regardless of the time limit posted on the signs.  

Parking at Pay & Display machines is free.  

Vehicles may be parked up to four (4) hours in "no parking" zones. Permit holders may be picked up and dropped off in "no stopping" and "loading" zones, as well as in reserved bus lanes and reserved bicycle lanes as long as traffic is not impeded. Drivers are NOT permitted to wait for permit holders to return after they are dropped off in these locations.

These parking privileges do not apply to off-street parking facilities such as those at Federal Government buildings and Private Institutions (i.e.- Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, hospitals, etc.).  

international symbol for accessibility for persons with physical disabilitiesOff-street privileges 

All parking lots in the City of Ottawa with 20 or more public parking spaces are required to reserve at least one parking space for the use of permit holders. These spaces are identified by official signs showing the international symbol for accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Permit holders are required to pay the same parking fee as other parking lot users, unless signs indicate otherwise.


Permit holders are subject to all other Traffic and Parking By-law provisions including respecting the Winter Overnight Parking Ban and cannot block driveways, park in front of a fire hydrant or park within nine (9) metres of an intersection. 

Vehicles must not be stopped or parked in a way that blocks traffic. 

Permit holders cannot park facing the wrong direction (facing on-coming traffic).

Permit holders cannot park more than 15 centimetres away from a curb (includes the middle of a dead end street/cul-de-sac).

Permit holders cannot park in “no stopping zones“.  "No stopping" regulations are in effect on many roadways during peak traffic hours, usually Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Permit holders are not exempt from these regulations. Permit holders also cannot stop in school bus loading zones, taxi zones, and police vehicle zones. 


Please contact us for more information.

Bicycle parking

Bike ring-post parking

The City of Ottawa offers a number of options for parking your bike:

  • Free parking at all city-owned parking lots and garages 
  • Red bike racks at various Transitway stations
  • Bike racks at City of Ottawa client service centres, community and recreation centres
  • Blue Velocity bike racks on the street (April to November)
  • Ring-and-post racks at various locations throughout the city
  • Bike Corral Program – Bike corrals (currently three) are installed from April to November. These corrals take one car parking space and hold up to 12 bikes.  

Want to request a bike rack on a public street?

If you want a bike rack on a street that is within an on-street paid parking area where there are Pay and Display machines for motor vehicles, please send the request for a ring-and-post rack to 

Advertising-based bicycle parking is offered in partnership with Velocity Media for locations on the public right-of-way in the central area of the City. If you want a bike rack on a street that does not have paid parking, please forward your request for a Blue Velocity Media bike rack to

If the request for a bike rack is at a City Facility, please contact the City Facility directly.

You can also request a bike rack by contacting the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1. 

Locking your bike

Always try to pick a spot in a busy, public place to lock your bike. Follow these tips to keep your bicycle safe:

Bike Corrals parking

  • Buy the best lock you can afford
  • Lock your bike to something solid
  • Lock your frame and your wheels – use two locks (one U-lock and one cable lock) to secure more parts of your bike.
  • Remove your quick release items or replace quick release fasteners with bolts for added security
  • Disguise or personalize your bike with stickers, paint, etc. 

Cycling education programs

Become more comfortable and confident on multi-use pathways, cycle tracks and the road, learning assertive cycling skills, traffic analysis, general bicycle maintenance, route planning and more. The City's cycling programs are conducted by certified Instructors. Our programs are oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling.

Programs are offered from April through to October across the city.

Got a Bike Club? Sign your group up for a lesson.

See you on the road the pathways and the cycle tracks!


Cycling education courses for children

Bike RODEO – ages 6 to 10 – 2 hours (by community request)

Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists in a fun festival type atmosphere. Topics include helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride.

Learn to Ride Private Lessons – ages 6 and up

For children and youth who cannot ride a bike. Participants will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. Two 1-hour sessions are offered on a one to one basis. Participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Instructors will meet you at your local school parking lot.

Cycling education courses for adults

Adult Learn to Ride Private Lesson – Two x 1 hour

For adults who cannot ride a bike. Learn to balance, start, stop and turn. One session, on a one-to-one basis. You must have a bicycle and helmet.

Map of public washrooms

If you want to find a public washroom when exploring the city, take a look at this map. It has over 170 public washrooms and portables in City buildings and parks. It shows locations, hours of operation and level of accessibility.