The City of Calgary's residential parking permit program helps communities control the number of non-resident vehicles by establishing zones and restricting parking to residents with residential parking permits. Not sure if you live in a Residential Parking Permit Zone? Check the map. This permit system exempts residents from posted 'no parking' and 'two hour' maximum parking restrictions relating to the parking program, however all other parking restrictions such as Snow Route parking bans and ParkPlus system payment zones still apply.
In order to implement the program in a community, the area must be deemed a Residential Parking Permit Zone.
Establishing a residential parking permit zone
If you checked the residential parking zone map and do not live in an existing Residential Parking Zone, you can request a zone via your community association or City Alderman:
- Contact your community association or City Alderman with your request.
- The community association or the Alderman’s office will contact the Transportation Department with the request in a formalized letter to the Traffic Engineering Division, P.O. Box 2100, Station M, #4008, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2M5.
- A parking survey will be conducted to determine if the area meets one or more of the following zoning criteria:
- Adjacent to a 5,000 vehicle trips per day generator, e.g., hospitals, educational institutions.
- A minimum zone size of 10 blocks and 70 per cent of the vehicles are non-resident.
- The Transportation and Transit Committee (T&T) and City Council must approve an amendment to the Traffic Bylaw prior to establishing a zone.
- If approved, the community is designated a Residential Parking Permit Zone.
- Residents must then request implementation and enforcement by requesting and then conducting a City of Calgary official petition of individual blocks. Call 311 to request a Residential Parking Permit Zone Petition.
Making changes to existing Residential Parking Zones
If you live in an existing Residential Parking Permit Zone and wish to request or make changes to parking restriction street signs:
- Call 311 and request a Residential Parking Signs Petition.
- The petition will be mailed to you.
- The petition must be completed with 80% agreement from residents on that block.
- Only one restriction per block is allowed.
- Mail the completed petition to The City as per the instructions on the petition package.
- The City will review the petition and implement the requested parking restrictions.
- Signs must be in place for at least 18 months before further changes to restrictions can be requested.
How to get a parking permit
If residential parking restrictions are implemented on your street, you will require a permit to exempt your vehicle from the posted restrictions. For example; if you live in a 2 hr parking zone, you can obtain a residential parking permit that will allow you to park there 24 hrs per day. Residential parking permits are issued by the Calgary Parking Authority. Please visit their website for information on how to apply for a parking permit, renewals and additional permit requests.
A permit is issued for each vehicle registered to a household and visitor permits are issued based on the type of residential dwelling (e.g., a single-family dwelling receives two passes.) Dwellings requiring more than 2 vehicle permits will be required to pay $50 plus GST ($52.50) for the third and subsequent permits issued. (Note: this does not apply to Visitor permits.)
Participating residents obtain a parking permit from the Calgary Parking Authority, 403-537-7000.
Residential parking permit zone program brochure