Street Parking Tip

Keep in mind parking is prohibited in excess of three hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week unless otherwise posted.

The City of Ottawa’s Traffic and Parking By-Law No. 2003-530 has information about On-Street Parking restrictions, and other regulations to be in the know to avoid the ticket and tow.

Winter overnight parking regulations

Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1. There is no parking on city streets between 1 and 7 a.m. when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (for example, 5 to 10 cm). Vehicles that remain parked on the street during an overnight parking restriction will be ticketed towed and fined. On-street residential monthly parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility parking lots (for example hockey arenas, swimming pools, community centers, recreation complexes, etc. As previously noted city-owned parking garages however will be made available during an overnight parking ban.

The City has the authority to implement the parking ban in circumstances other than a forecasted snow accumulation of 7 centimetres or more when it is deemed necessary to facilitate snow and ice removal, highway maintenance or to ensure the proper movement of traffic. The City also has the flexibility to not implement an overnight parking ban where it is deemed to be unnecessary.

To inform residents and motorists, a special advisory is issued to the local media announcing that an overnight parking restriction is in effect. All special advisories are posted online in the City’s newsroom. Enforcement of winter overnight parking restrictions will continue each evening until snow clearing is completed and the City issues a special advisory indicating that the overnight parking restriction has been lifted.