Vancouver offers travelers and residents alike a wide variety of activities to explore. The good news is that you can find free street parking all over the city. The bad news: it is a tricky game to play. But don’t worry SpotAngels is here to the rescue 🙂
This guide will grant you Vancouver street parking superhero powers:
The map below will show you all the spots where you can park, their price and how long you can stay without getting a ticket.
The map updates in real-time, so simply type in the address you’re parking near, the time you expect to be there, and your duration. The green spots are the ones that are free of charge!
Pro tip: the spots that have a yellow halo are those where you are more likely to find parking. The information is constantly provided by the SpotAngels community.
You need to keep in mind the parking regulations below when you’re searching for street parking in Vancouver to avoid tickets.
Between 8am and 6pm every day, do not park your vehicle for more than 3 hours in front of residential or commercial properties that you do not own or work at.
The 3-hour bylaw restricts non-resident parking to a maximum of 3 hours to allow daytime access for residents to their homes and for business owners and employees to their workplaces.
Do not stop or park:
You may not stop or park your vehicle at this location, during the posted hours (or all day if there are no hours).
Parking is prohibited at specific times (or everyday all the time if no hours are specified). It’s important to do what the sign says in terms of times, days and dates.
Parking is prohibited at specific times for street cleaning.
This parking area is reserved for persons with a disability.
This parking area is reserved for holders of a residents-only parking permit.
Parking may be authorized at certain times for people who don’t have a permit. It’s important to follow indications on the signs.
Stopping in loading and passenger zones for anything other than loading or unloading passengers and materials is illegal. Loading zones can be used to unload:
Overnight street parking in Vancouver is free at any parking meter from 10pm to 9am the next day, as long as there are no signs prohibiting that.
When snow removal operations start, you must park your car off the street. You could receive a ticket and be towed if your vehicle blocks the snow removal equipment.
During a snow event, crews are dispatched to remove snow and ice from streets on a priority basis.
A residential parking permit will allow you to park in your neighbourhood and it helps manage parking where on street parking is in high demand. But it may not guarantee parking in front of your property or in some cases, your block. Streets may be subject to temporary closure for construction, filming, and street cleaning; it’s your responsibility to be aware of these temporary changes and find alternate parking in these instances
Your permit is valid if:
The residential parking permit costs between $45.45 per year for most zones of the city. And each household is allowed to have two permits, in most zones. Buy a permit online or by calling 3-1-1.
The cost of a parking ticket can range from $20 to $450 in Vancouver, but if you pay within 14 days of the issue date and get 40% off the full amount. You can pay your tickets here.
If you have any questions about tickets or if you wanr to dispute it, you can call the Ticket Inquiry line at 604-257-8732 Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (except holidays).
If your car has been towed from a city street or park, you may find your car at the:
City Impound Yard
425 Industrial Ave.
Open 24 hours, every day
Make sure to use the SpotAngels parking app when you park. You will receive notifications and text messages to remind you to move your car!
Unfortunately, Vancouver does not offer free parking in metered areas on Holidays
To find parking on the go, download the award-winning SpotAngels app. It is free 😉