Parking in Toronto is very competitive with many booming industries inside of our beautiful city.
The Toronto Police Service cannot proactively enforce parking regulations in residential areas of the city due to the immense number of residential roads. Instead, Parking Enforcement relies on complaints to generate enforcement action. Once a complaint is received Parking Enforcement will “blitz” a street and hand out tickets until such time that the officers are satisfied that enforcement is no longer needed. They will return if more complaints are received.
For many residential streets in Toronto, parking regulations are unsigned, which means that there is a 3-hour parking limit. In many older neighbourhoods, residents have enjoyed parking overnight in contravention of the 3-hour limit because no one has complained to Parking Enforcement.
Parking Enforcement is obliged to uphold the by-laws. Residents who want to park their cars on-street overnight can petition their neighbours to introduce Permit Parking to the street, whereby residents agree to pay a monthly fee to allow them to park a car overnight.
If you have received a ticket that you believe was assigned in error, you can contact Parking Enforcement at 416-808-6600. Please provide them both the ticket number and the date you received it.
Toronto Police Services
Superintendent Anthony Riviere, 51 Division
Superintendent Michael Barsky, 52 Division
Parking Violation Dispute Process
Amending Parking Regulations
Sometimes the in-force parking regulations no longer meet the needs of residents. Residents can request changes, noting that parking can be a highly sensitive local issue. The City Councillor will not support significant changes without confidence that those changes are supported by the majority of the community.
This support will typically come either from a petition of residents, or a letter from a residents’ association advocating for the change. If the Councillor has confidence this change will be supported, she can direct staff through Toronto and East York Community Council to amend the parking regulations in the area.
Our office can put you in touch with Transportation Services staff, who can give you the correct wording for your petition and tell you which households on the street should be petitioned. It is important that the wording is correct to make sure that everyone who signs a petition understands what they agree to and to ensure that staff have a clear understanding on how to turn the petition into the correct language for a by-law.
You can make this request by calling 311 or by emailing email@example.com.
Traffic Management Tools
Requesting a Parking Permit Area
One of the measures a neighbourhood can take to limit who has access to parking on their street is through the introduction of Permit Parking. Typically, residents can park on their street for a maximum of three hours before being required to move their car. With Permit Parking, residents or guests can purchase a permit from the city that allows overnight parking on their street.
Parking is often a highly sensitive local issue. Councillor Wong-Tam will not support significant changes without the confidence that those changes are supported by the majority of the community. In order to begin the process of introducing permit parking, the city typically requires a petition signed by a minimum of 25% of impacted residents before city staff will formally poll residents. Once formerly polled, staff will bring a recommendation to Toronto and East York Community Council with the polling results and whether to proceed with amending the parking regulations in the area.
Our office can put you in touch with Transportation Services staff, who can give you the correct wording for your petition and which households on the street should be petitioned.
Apply for a Parking Permit