Residential Parking Permit Program
Important policy changes
The Residential Parking Policy was approved by Council in January 2021 following two years of engagement with Calgarians. The intent of this update is to modernize the Residential Parking Program by streamlining how it is managed, clarifying rules, and bringing it into alignment with The City’s land use and transportation goals. Information about the updated policy can be found in the Calgary Parking Policies. Corresponding bylaw changes can be found in the Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96, sections 20 to 26.
Please note: As part of the change, residents living in large multi-residential buildings (four stories or more in height or with more than 20 dwelling units) are no longer eligible for current residential parking permits. However, Council approved the introduction of a new type of permit called a market permit which allows citizens who live in large multi-residential buildings to park in a Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) within 150 metres of their address. The permit is expected to be available towards the end of 2022.
The Residential Parking Program is in place to provide easier access to on-street parking to those who live in an area without on-site parking or homes near large venues or popular outdoor areas. Major parking generators such as hospitals, post-secondary facilities and LRT stations are common examples. In these areas, parking restrictions may be necessary to allow residents and their visitors reasonable access to on-street parking in their community.
On-street parking is a public asset intended for public use. The City strives to manage on-street parking so that there is a reliable and predictable amount of available space on each block. This means parking is readily available for residents, visitors and businesses.
Residential Parking Zones (RPZs) are areas of the city with high parking congestion that employ certain parking exemptions for eligible residents of the zone. For example, many zones use two-hour time restrictions to manage short-stay parking, but permit holders are exempt from the time restriction.
RPZs are established by The City using data. Residential Parking Zones may be created when there is demonstrated, ongoing parking congestion in a residential neighborhood that is the result of a major parking generator.
The rules governing the application and use of Residential Parking Zones are contained in the Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96, sections 20 to 26. The City maintains an up-to-date record and map of the residential parking zones on its website.
Requests for new zones can be made by residents, community associations, Council members or City Administration. In all cases, requests will be prioritized, and decisions based on data.
- The creation of a new zone is considered by the proximity of the area requested to a major parking generator which would typically see more than 1,500 vehicle trips per day (or per event for locations such as stadiums and arenas). Major parking generators such as hospitals, post-secondary facilities and LRT stations are common examples.
- A parking study will be conducted, and a new zone is warranted if occupancy of available on-street space is above 80%.
- If warranted, residents can request residential parking restrictions.
In Residential Parking Zones (RPZs), The City offers parking permits to residents who qualify.
Permits may be issued to a resident on a block with parking restrictions within a residential parking zone under one of the following classes:
Residents of a ground-oriented building (i.e.. single family homes and duplexes):
- Residents are eligible for a permit for each vehicle registered to the address up to a maximum of three permits.
- Residents are eligible for a maximum of two permits issued for visitors unless located within an interface area.
- Residents within an interface area (area of mixed land uses where commercial and residential policies coexist) are not eligible for a visitor permit.
Small Multi-Residential Buildings
Residents of Small Multi-Residential Buildings:
- Residents are eligible for a maximum of one permit if:
- the building is less than four stories in height, and
- has 20 or fewer units.
Large Multi-Residential Buildings
Residents of Large Multi-Residential Buildings:
- Residents are eligible for one market permit per dwelling if:
- the building is four stories or taller, or
- greater than 20 units.
- The cost of the permit is priced comparable to off-street parking options.
As part of the change, residents living in large multi-residential buildings (four stories or more in height or with more than 20 dwelling units) are no longer eligible for current residential parking permits. In fall 2022, Council approved the introduction of a new type of permit called a market permit which allows citizens who live in large multi-residential buildings to park in a Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) within 150 metres of their address. The permit is expected to be available towards the end of 2022. Find more details about the Market Permit and other permit options.
Please note: Residents of a multi-residential building who currently have a residential parking permit(s) will remain eligible until December 31, 2022.
Residents of eligible large multi-residential buildings without a current permit can apply for a market permit when available. Residents with existing permits may transition to this option upon permit expiry.
How to Request a New or Modify an Existing Residential Parking Restriction
Requests can be made by the public by contacting 311. Residential parking restriction signs can only be installed in existing residential parking zones, and only one parking restriction is permitted per block.
Starting January 2022, new restrictions and modifications to existing restrictions will follow a parking study process. Parking studies are conducted to determine occupancy in residential areas to address new parking issues that are identified from time to time. The minimum study area is one block and will include both sides of the street. Study periods will be based on peak times of the nearby parking generator.
Please note: Requests for changes to existing residential parking signage or new residential parking signage will be considered based on location. As there are still driving and parking pattern changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home recommendations, reviews in communities around LRT stations, for example, may not be considered at this time.
New residential parking restriction signs:
- Parking study required, initiated by The City of Calgary.
- If the parking study shows occupancy is 80% or higher, two-hour parking except by permit signs can be added.
- Petition issued to resident of the affected block. This is so they can gather neighborhood support for the implementation of the recommended two-hour parking except by permit signs.
- If the petition is signed by 80% or more of the people who live in the area, signs will be installed, and residents are eligible to apply for permits from the Calgary Parking Authority.
Modify existing residential parking restriction signs:
- Parking study required, initiated by The City of Calgary Mobility Operations:
- Where occupancy is 80% or higher, signage can be changed to a higher restriction. A petition is issued to residents of the affected block so they can gather support/signatures for the implementation of the recommended restriction.
- Where occupancy is between 50% and 80%, the existing signage is considered appropriate and remains unchanged. The requestor will be notified.
- Where occupancy is less than 50%, signage can be changed to a lower restriction. Residents of the affected block will be notified by The City of Calgary advising of the lower restriction and the timeline of installation/removal.
Signage restriction levels are:
- No Restrictions (least restrictive)
- Two-hour parking except by permit
- No Parking except by permit (most restrictive)