Parking tickets and permits

Parking time limits, overnight parking registrations and school zone parking in our neighbourhoods is now being enforced.

On-street parking and time limit parking in Uptown is now being enforced. 

Register for overnight parking, pay a ticket, and find out more about parking in the uptown area.

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

On this page

  1. Register for overnight parking
  2. Pay a parking ticket
  3. Free parking uptown
  4. Paid monthly permits
  5. Longer stay paid parking
  6. Electric vehicle and bike parking

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

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

Free parking uptown

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 will need to:
  1. View our uptown parking map and choose your top 3 lots.
  2. Contact the city parking team at to confirm availability.
  3. Our parking team will take you through the application process and confirm next steps.
To cancel your permit you will need to:
  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..

2020 parking rates

Short term paid parking (HST included)

Surface lots $3.00/hr
Uptown Parkade $3.50/hr

Uptown Parkade (HST included)

Daily maximum - 8:00 am. to 9:00 p.m. $17.00
Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to midnight, flat rate $3.50
Monday to Friday - midnight to 8:00 a.m., flat rate $3.50
All day Saturday or Sunday, flat rate $3.50

2020 monthly parking permits (HST not included)

Alexandra Lot $118.29
Caroline North and South Lots $118.29
Regina Lot $118.29
Herbert Lot $118.29
Station Lot $118.29
Waterloo Town Square South Lot $118.29
William Lot $118.29
Dupont Lot $111.32
Library Lot $111.32
Perimeter Lot $111.32
Temporary Lot B $111.32
Museum Lot $105.76
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre $105.76
Bauer Lot $80.71
Willow Lot $80.71
Surface Lot - overnight Alexandra Lot: March to November and Caroline Lots $51.00
Surface Lot - 24 hour Caroline North Lot $119.85
Uptown Parkade - 24 hour access $153.07
Uptown Parkade - overnight access $62.00
Parking permit replacement fee $28.00

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/hour. The app registers your license plate with our enforcement staff, and can be used from anywhere. It is available at:

Electric vehicle and bike parking

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