Parking tickets and permits

In Waterloo there is a limit of three hours of free parking on residential streets where allowed unless signs say differently. 

Overnight parking is not allowed unless you register your vehicle.

To report a parking issue, call 519-747-8785 (business hours) or 519-570-9777 (after hours) or submit a complaint online.


On this page

  1. Northdale parking project and survey
  2. Register for overnight parking
  3. Pay a parking ticket
  4. Dispute a parking ticket
  5. Temporary on street parking permit
  6. Free parking uptown
  7. Paid monthly permits
  8. Longer stay paid parking
  9. Accessible parking
  10. Electric vehicle and bike parking

Northdale parking project and survey

Investigation of options for a paid on-street parking program in Northdale is underway. Area residents, including students, area businesses, and post-secondary institutions, are invited to view more details about the project.


Register for overnight parking

You can leave a vehicle in a legal parking spot overnight up to 15 times/year. This includes city streets and these uptown lots:

You have to register by 1:30 a.m. on the night of the exemption. Unregistered vehicles left on streets/lots between 2:30 and 6:00 a.m. will be ticketed. 

Register your vehicle


Pay a parking ticket

  • wait seven business days following the date of issue
  • unpaid tickets will incur late fees and be forwarded to the province for collection
  • if you can't find your ticket or have other questions, contact 519-747-8785 during business hours or municipalenforcement@waterloo.ca

Pay ticket online

Pay in person, by drop box, or by mail

  • in person we accept cash, debit, cheque, money order or Visa/MasterCard at the municipal enforcement counter during business hours at city hall
  • you can drop off a a cheque or money order (payable to the City of Waterloo) at the after hours box located outside the William Street entrance to city hall
  • mail a cheque or money order (payable to the City of Waterloo) to:

Municipal Enforcement Services
City of Waterloo
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8


Dispute a parking ticket

The 'administrative monetary system' is our dispute process for parking tickets. You have the right to dispute your ticket within 30 days through a screening review.

Request a review


Temporary on street parking permit

There is a limit of 3 hours of free parking on residential streets where parking is allowed unless signs say differently.

Temporary on street parking passes are purchased when driveways are occupied with garbage bins, construction vehicles, driveway repair or similar work. Permits will not be issued due to a lack of available parking on site.

If your residential driveway is unavailable for use due to non-city related work, you can purchase a temporary on-street parking permit for $7 a day or $40 a month. Contractors can purchase a temporary on-street parking permit for $7 a day or $65 a month.

Contact our Service Centre at 519-886-2310 with details of the work and to purchase the permit. Staff require a minimum of two business days to process on-street parking permits before they can be picked up at the Service Centre.

Note that during winter months permits may be denied due to winter maintenance concerns.


Free parking uptown

Temporary Lot A is unavailable while demolition is happening on King Street.

In general there is two-hour free parking on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends are free. You need to register for overnight parking to leave your car in a designated lot between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m.

Use our parking map to see locations for free parking in uptown lots and for permit parking locations and rates.


Paid monthly parking permits

Monthly parking permits are available for purchase.

To register for a parking permit you must:
  1. View our uptown parking map and choose your top 3 lots.
  2. Indicate if you want day time parking only or night time parking as well.
  3. Contact the city parking team at parking@waterloo.ca to confirm availability.
  4. Our parking team will take you through the application process and confirm next steps.
To cancel a permit you must:
  1. Return your rear view mirror hang tag permit to Waterloo City Hall.
  2. If paying by pre-authorized payment, you will  need to complete and submit the pre-authorized plan change form (PDF) when you return your tag permit..

2022 parking rates

Short term paid parking (HST included)

Surface lots $3.25/hr
Uptown Parkade $3.75/hr

Uptown Parkade (HST included)

Daily maximum - 8:00 am. to 9:00 p.m. $18.25
Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to midnight, flat rate $3.75
Monday to Friday - midnight to 8:00 a.m., flat rate $3.75
All day Saturday or Sunday, flat rate $3.75

2022 monthly parking permits (HST not included)

Alexandra Lot $121.84
Caroline North and South Lots $121.84
Regina Lot $121.84
Herbert Lot $121.84
Station Lot $121.84
Waterloo Town Square South Lot $121.84
William Lot $121.84
Dupont Lot $114.66
Library Lot $114.66
Perimeter Lot $114.66
Temporary Lot B $114.66
Erb Lot $108.93
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex $108.93
Bauer Lot $83.13
Willow Lot $83.13
Surface Lot - overnight Alexandra Lotel: March to November and Caroline Lots $52.53
Surface Lot - 24 hour Caroline North Lot $123.45
Uptown Parkade - 24 hour access $157.66
Uptown Parkade - overnight access

$63.86

Parking permit replacement fee $28.84

Longer stay paid parking

If you need to exceed the two hour free daytime limit in uptown, use the HonkMobile app to extend your parking time. The cost is $3.25/hour. The app registers your license plate with our enforcement staff, and can be used from anywhere. It is available at:


Accessible parking

Accessible parking permit holders can park for free in all lots without time limits. Uptown Parkade parking is not included. Learn more about getting an accessible parking permit from the province of Ontario.


Electric vehicle and bike parking

Find an EV parking spot using the PlugShare website. Bike parking is on our cycling page.