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Regulations and restrictions

On-street parking restrictions

Department of Corporate Services

EXTRACT FROM GENERAL REGULATIONS OF BY-LAW 2003-530

Parking Prohibited - Whether Signs Have Been Erected or Not

  1. In excess of three (3) hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; 

  2. within 300 metres of previous parking space within one (1) hour; 
  3. within 9 metres of an intersection; 
  4. within 3 metres of a fire hydrant; 
  5. within 1.5 metres of a driveway; 
  6. on a roadway which is 6 metres or less in width; 
  7. on any portion of a highway not intended for vehicle parking; 
  8. during snow removal and street sweeping operations; 
  9. angle parking is permitted on a highway where the angle has been designated by signs or markings on the roadway; 
  10. no person shall remain parked on any highway where there are parking meters unless such vehicle is parked entirely within the area designated as a parking meter space.

 Stopping Prohibited - Whether Signs Have Been Erected or Not: 

  1. within a pedestrian crossover, within 30 metres of the approach side of a pedestrian crossover or within 15 metres of the leaving side of a pedestrian crossover; 
  2. within 34 metres of the approach side of a bus stop and within 18 metres of the leaving side of a bus stop; 
  3. within an intersection or crosswalk; 
  4. between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. within 30 metres of the approach side of a school crosswalk and within 10 metres of the leaving side of a school crosswalk and within 10 metres of the leaving side of a school crosswalk; 
  5. upon a bridge, within an underpass or within 30 metres of any such structure unless parking is otherwise permitted by signs; 
  6. on or partly on or over a sidewalk;

No person shall park or stop any vehicle or permit a vehicle to remain parked or stopped on any highway except as follows:

  1. where there is a raised curb, on the right side of the roadway, having regard to the direction in which the vehicle was travelling, with its right front and rear wheels parallel to and not more than fifteen (15) centimetres away from such curb; or
  2. where there is no curb or a rolled curb, on the right side of the highway having regard to the direction in which the vehicle was travelling, with the right front and rear wheels parallel to and as near to the right hand limit of the highway as is practicable without stopping over any part of a highway which is landscaped or which is not intended for the use of vehicles.

Holiday parking regulations

All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on statutory holidays.

Parking infractions and associated fines

The following is a list of parking infractions along with the associated fines.

The first dollar amount on each line is the amount due when paying voluntarily within 15 days of the ticket’s date of issuance. The second amount is the set fine.

Part A – Parking Rules of the Road

Infraction 
Early Payment (within 15 days) 
 Set Fine

Park facing wrong direction - raised curb

$40

$60

Stop facing wrong direction - raised curb

$40

$60

Park more than 15 cm from raised curb

$40

$60

Stop more than 15 cm from raised curb

$40

$60

Park facing wrong direction - no curb

$40

$60

Stop facing wrong direction - no curb

$40

$60

Park too far from right limit of highway - no curb

$40

$60

Stop too far from right limit of highway - no curb

$40

$60

Park facing wrong direction - one way traffic - raised curb

$40

$60

Stop facing wrong direction - one way traffic - raised curb

$40

$60

Park more than 15 cm from raised curb - one way traffic

$40

$60

Stop more than 15 cm from raised curb - one way traffic

$40

$60

Park facing wrong direction - one way traffic - no curb

$40

$60

Stop facing wrong direction - one way traffic - no curb

$40

$60

Park too far from left limit of highway - one way traffic - no curb

$40

$60

Stop too far from left limit of highway - one way traffic - no curb

$40

$60

Park in front of fire hall lot - same side of highway

$50

$70

Park within 8 m of fire hall lot - same side of highway

$50

$70

Park in front of fire hall lot - opposite side of highway

$50

$70

Park within 30 m of fire hall lot - opposite side of highway

$50

$70

Park within 15 m of intersection

$50

$70

Park within 30 m of intersection controlled by traffic control signal

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to hotel

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to hospital

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to nursing home

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to theatre

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to auditorium

$50

$70

Park in front of main entrance to public building

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from hotel

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from hospital

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from nursing home

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from theatre

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from auditorium

$50

$70

Park in front of emergency exit from public building

$50

$70

Park within 30 m of crosswalk controlled by traffic control signal - approach side - non- intersection

$50

$70

Park within 15 m of crosswalk controlled by traffic control signal - leaving side - non- intersection

$50

$70

Park - interfere with formation of funeral procession

$50

$70

Park within 15 m of roadway end on dead end highway

$50

$70

Park within 9 m of intersection

$50

$70

Park within 3 m of a point on the curb or edge of roadway opposite fire hydrant

$50

$70

Park in front of laneway

$50

$70

Park in front of driveway

$50

$70

Park within 1.5 m of laneway

$50

$70

Park within 1.5 m of driveway

$50

$70

Park - obstruct vehicle use of laneway

$40

$60

Park - obstruct vehicle use of driveway

$40

$60

Park - prevent removal of previously parked vehicle

$40

$60

Park - prevent removal of previously standing vehicle

$40

$60

Park - prevent ingress to metered parking space

$40

$60

Park - prevent egress from metered parking space

$40

$60

Park - impede ingress to metered parking space

$40

$60

Park - impede egress from metered parking space

$40

$60

Park for purpose of displaying vehicle for sale

$40

$60

Park for purpose of greasing vehicle - non- emergency

$40

$60

Park for purpose of repairing vehicle - non-emergency

$40

$60

Park for purpose of stripping vehicle - non- emergency

$40

$60

Park for purpose of partially stripping vehicle - non-emergency

$40

$60

Park - roadway width 6 m or less

$50

$70

Park on inner boulevard

$50

$70

Park on driveway within 0.5 m of sidewalk

$50

$70

Park on driveway within 1.5 m of roadway - no sidewalk

$50

$70

Park vehicle on driveway within 0.3 metres of sidewalk on west side of Lorne Ave. between 109 m and 152 m north of Somerset St.

$50

$70

Park - interfere with snow removal

$85

$105

Park - interfere with ice removal

$85

$105

Park - interfere with clearing of snow

$85

$105

Park - interfere with highway cleaning operations

$85

$105

Park – interfere with highway sweeping

$85

$105

Park in no parking area

$60

$80

Park in no parking area - Central Canada Exhibition

$50

$70

Park in no parking area - Central Canada Exhibition

$50

$70

Stop on sidewalk

$75

$95

Stop partly on sidewalk

$75

$95

Stop over sidewalk

$75

$95

Stop partly over sidewalk

$75

$95

Stop within intersection

$75

$95

Stop within crosswalk

$75

$95

Stop within school crosswalk zone between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

$75

$95

Stop adjacent to roadway excavation - impede traffic

$75

$95

Stop adjacent to roadway obstruction - impede traffic

$75

$95

Stop across from roadway excavation - impede traffic

$75

$95

Stop across from roadway obstruction - impede traffic

$75

$95

Stop on roadway side of stopped vehicle

$75

$95

Stop on roadway side of parked vehicle

$75

$95

Stop upon bridge

$75

$95

Stop upon elevated structure

$75

$95

Stop within tunnel

$75

$95

Stop within underpass

$75

$95

Stop within 30 m of bridge

$75

$95

Stop within 30 m of elevated structure

$75

$95

Stop within 30 m of tunnel

$75

$95

Stop within 30 m of underpass

$75

$95

Stop on central boulevard

$75

$95

Stop on outer boulevard

$75

$95

Stop adjacent to central boulevard

$75

$95

Stop adjacent to median strip

$75

$95

Stop within 30 m of railway crossing - approach side

$75

$95

Stop within 15 m of railway crossing - leaving side

$75

$95

Stop adjacent to a school between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

$100

$120

Stop adjacent to a park between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

$100

$120

Stop adjacent to a playground between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

$100

$120

Stop within turning basin of cul-de-sac

$90

$110

Stop in no stopping area

$100

$120

Stand in no standing area

$55

$75

Park in excess of posted time limits

$40

$60

Park in excess of 3 hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

$40

$60

Park within 300 m of previous parking space within 1 hour

$40

$60

Park vehicle exceeding 6.5 m in length between 9:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of next following day

$50

$70

Park school bus between 9 p.m. of one day and 7 a.m. of next following day

$50

$70

Park between 1a.m. and 7 a.m. from November 15 to April 1

$75

$95

Stop - not entirely within angled parking space

$40

$60

Stand - not entirely within angled parking space

$40

$60

Park - not entirely within angled parking space

$40

$60

Stop in angled parking space - improper angle

$40

$60

Stand in angled parking space - improper angle

$40

$60

Park in angled parking space - improper angle

$40

$60

Park in angled parking space - vehicle front not at curb

$40

$60

Park in angled parking space - vehicle front not at roadway edge

$40

$60

Park - unauthorized angle parking

$40

$60

Park - not entirely within parking meter space

$40

$60

Park in a parking meter zone area - not within a designated parking meter space

$40

$60

Park in parking meter space - fail to use meter

$40

$60

Park in parking meter space - fail to deposit required fee in meter

$40

$60

Park in parking meter space - fail to activate meter

$40

$60

Park at time expired metered

$40

$60

Park in parking meter space in excess of posted time limits

$40

$60

Park in parking meter space - meter hooded

$50

$70

Parallel park in metered space - front wheels of vehicle not opposite meter - single meter standard

$40

$60

Parallel park in metered space - vehicle rear not opposite forward meter - double meter standard

$40

$60

Parallel park in metered space - vehicle rear not close to forward meter - double meter standard

$40

$60

Parallel park in metered space - vehicle front not opposite rear meter - double meter standard

$40

$60

Parallel park in metered space - vehicle front not close to rear meter - double meter standard

$40

$60

Angle park in metered space - vehicle front not opposite meter provided for space

$40

$60

Angle park in metered space - vehicle front not close to meter provided for space

$40

$60

Park - not wholly within parking space

$40

$60

Park oversize vehicle in more than one parking space - insufficient coin deposits for meters used

$40

$60

Park – not entirely within area designated as pay and display parking machine space

$40

$60

Park in a pay and display parking machine zone area - not within a designated pay and display parking machine space

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking machine space - fail to use machine, deposit required fee and active machine

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking machine space - fail to place receipt on vehicle’s dashboard

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking machine space- fail to place receipt in a position so that writing and markings face outward so as to be easily seen from outside vehicle

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking space in excess of time shown on receipt

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking machine space in excess of posted time limit

$40

$60

Park in pay and display parking machine space – not wholly within parking space

$40

$60

Park oversized vehicle in more than one pay and display parking machine space – receipt displayed insufficient fee deposited

$40

$60

Park in a loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in a loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in a bus zone

$100

$120

Park in a bus time point zone

$100

$120

Stop in a bus time point zone

$100

$120

Park in a school bus loading zone

$90

$110

Stop in a school bus loading zone

$100

$120

Park in a taxi zone - not a taxi

$50

$70

Stop in a taxi zone - not a taxi

$50

$70

Park in taxi zone - taxi not occupied

$50

$70

Stop in taxi zone - taxi not occupied

$50

$70

Park in a police vehicle zone

$50

$70

Stop in a police vehicle zone

$50

$70

Park in a hotel loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in a hotel loading zone

$50

$70

Park in a hotel loading zone in excess of 15 minutes

$50

$70

Stop in a hotel loading zone in excess of 15 minutes

$50

$70

Park in a bookmobile zone

$50

$70

Stop in a bookmobile zone

$50

$70

Park in a diplomatic loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in a diplomatic loading zone

$50

$70

Park in a diplomatic loading zone – not loading/unloading

$50

$70

Stop in a diplomatic loading zone – not loading/unloading

$50

$70

Park in a motorcycle zone

$50

$70

Stop in a motorcycle zone

$50

$70

Park in a tour bus zone

$60

$80

Stop in a tour bus zone

$60

$80

Park in an excursion loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in an excursion loading zone

$50

$70

Stop in a reserved bus lane

$100

$120

Stop in a reserved bicycle lane

$100

$120

Stop in a high-occupancy vehicle lane

$75

$95

Park on a barricaded highway

$50

$70

Park tow truck within 100 m of scene of collision

$160

$190

Park tow truck within 100 m of scene of an apparent collision

$160

$190

Park tow truck within 100 m of a vehicle involved in collision

$160

$190

Park vehicle on highway - obstruct traffic

$55

 $75

Park in excess of 4 hours – disability parking permit

$35

$55
Park a vehicle on a mall when prohibited $90 $110

Stop a vehicle on a mall when prohibited

$90

$110

Park vehicle on highway during time period prescribed by the General Manager

$75

$95

Part B – Parking: Private and City Property

Unauthorized parking on private property

$75

$95

(Park,stop) vehicle on park except on portion of park specified as parking area

$45

$65

(Park vehicle on park)(Permit vehicle to remain parked) on portion of park specified as parking area between the hours of 11 p.m. of one day and 5 a.m. of the next following day

$45

$65

(Park, stop vehicle)(permit vehicle to be parked, stopped) on the park known as “Brewer Park” between the hours of 
11 p.m. of one day and 7 a.m. of the next following day

$45

$65

(Park vehicle, permit vehicle to be parked) on portion of park specified as parking area contrary to any (conditions, prohibitions) that are stated on posted signs

$45

$65

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in pay and display machine space without (using pay and display machine, depositing fee in accordance with rate per hour, ensuring machine activated)

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in pay and display machine space without placing receipt on vehicle dashboard in position so that writing and markings can be easily seen

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in pay and display machine space with expired receipt

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space in park without using meter

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space in park without (depositing fee, depositing fee in denomination of coin indicated on the meter)

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space in park without activating meter by turning handle

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space in park without depositing coin

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space in park without using parking card

$35

$55

(Park vehicle, Permit vehicle to be parked) in parking meter space indicating unexpired time paid

$35

$55

Park on City of Ottawa property in area prohibited by sign

$50

$70

Park on City of Ottawa property in a reserved area

$50

$70

Park on City of Ottawa property in excess of posted time limits

$50

$70

Person (parking, leaving) any motor vehicle on City property known municipally as 170 Second Avenue for a longer period of time than that set out on the sign

$30

$50

Person (parking, leaving) any motor vehicle on City property known municipally as 574 Bank Street for a longer period of time than that set out on the sign

$30

$50

Park on City of Ottawa property in a loading zone

$50

$70

Stop on City of Ottawa property in a loading zone

$45

$65

Part C – Parking for the Physically Disabled

Park in space reserved for physically disabled - no disability parking permit

$350

$450

Park on City of Ottawa property - Lansdowne Park - in a taxi zone

$50

$70

Stop on City of Ottawa property - Lansdowne Park - in a taxi zone

$50

$70

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

Report an issue with a parked vehicle on private property

Please call 3-1-1 if the issue is related to the following:

  • An immediate hazard to people or property
  • Personal accessibility

You must be on site and will be required to provide documentation proving that you own or rent the property or that you are assigned the designated parking space. Please start by selecting the parking location or specific issue:

Unauthorized Parking

Oversized vehicle

Front yard parking

For more information

Please refer to the parking regulations and restrictions page or the Parking By-Law (No. 2003-530) for more information.