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Residential Parking

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Timed parking restrictions (1 or 2 hour maximum) affect six residential zones in Kelowna. The restriction limits the time non-residents can occupy on-street parking spaces. These zones are in areas that attract large numbers of visitors. For detailed information on the residential parking zones, view map. A map showing the current time restrictions is also available here Time Restrictions.

Residential parking permits provide the City of Kelowna with a record of resident vehicles on the street, making parking enforcement more efficient and effective. Permit holders may park their vehicle up to 24 continuous hours without moving.  All other rules and regulations contained in the Motor Vehicle act and Traffic Bylaw must be complied with at all times.

Out of courtesy to neighbours, residents are encouraged to park in front of their own residences when space is available. However, permit holders do not have preferential parking in front of their property, as the street is City-owned and available for anyone to park. 

The Residential Parking Program is governed by City of Kelowna Council Policy No. 366.

Q & A

How do I obtain a permit?
What is the cost of a permit?
Can I use a visitor permit for my personal vehicle?
What happens if I do not have a permit?
Where should I display my parking permit?
Why do I have to pay for a permit?
Can the City restrict my street to resident parking only?
What happens if I move or acquire a different vehicle?
How do I request implementation of a new time restriction in my area?
How do we request removal of the time restriction?
How many permits can I have?
How can I get more information?

How do I obtain a permit?

Permits are available at the Application Centre on the second floor of City Hall.

Residents must provide their name, vehicle licence plate number and two pieces of documentation proving they live in a residential zone.  One of those documents must be your vehicle licencing documents showing the vehicle is registered to the permit address.

Acceptable documentation to show proof of residency includes the following:

  •  Driver's Licence showing the permit address
  •  Phone, utility, or cable TV bill
  •  Property Tax Receipt
  •  Bank or credit card statement
  •  Tenancy Agreement
  •  Vehicle insurance/registration document (showing the permit location as the current address)
  •  Change of Address registered with the Post Office


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What is the cost of a permit?

Residential Permits are $30 each (plus applicable taxes).  Fees are payable by cheque, cash or debit card at time of issue.  There is no charge for Visitor (Temporary) permits.  All permits are valid for a maximum of one year and must be renewed annually. 

In cases where a property was developed without onsite parking in compliance with the Zoning Bylaw in effect at the time of construction, or where a resident cannot park on their property due to physical restrictions to access their property, a fee exemption may be authorized on a case by case basis. 

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Can I use a visitor permit for my personal vehicle?

Visitor permits can only be used by visitors to the residence shown on the permit and cannot be used on a vehicle registered to the permit holder or any address in the permit zone.  Vehicles found misusing a pass will be treated as if no permit was displayed and the vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed.

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What happens if I do not have a permit?
 
Traffic Officers patrol time-restricted areas. Vehicles parked for more than the posted time limit without a permit can receive a fine or can be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

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Where should I display my parking permit?

Hangtags must be displayed from the rear view mirror. Decal-style permits must be affixed to the lower left corner of the rear window, on the driver’s side. Officers must be able to clearly see your permit and it must not be obstructed in any way, or a fine can be issued.

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Why do I have to pay for a permit?

Resident permit fees are used to help offset the enforcement and administration costs to provide this service to residents. This program requires a significant amount of City staff resources to operate and provide enforcement.

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Why doesn't the City use ticket revenue to pay for the program?

The measure of successful parking program is compliance with the Traffic Bylaw and a reduction in the number of violations.  When a parking management program is a success, the fine revenue decreases.  The goal of the City is not to increase fine revenue, it is to change behaviour and solve the parking problems in an area.  

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Can the City restrict my street to resident parking only?

City streets are owned by Kelowna taxpayers and maintenance costs are funded by all residents.  While the City will consider requests to establish time limits for non-residents and will issue residential parking permits to allow residents to park on a street up to 24 hours, no additional "Resident Parking Only" zones will be established.  The existing "Resident Parking Only" zone on Royal Avenue will remain in place at this time but will be reviewed for possible removal in the future.

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What happens if I move or acquire a different vehicle?

Residential permits are issued to a specific vehicle licence plate and are valid within one residential permit zone.  If you change vehicles and obtain a new licence plate number, your permit will not be valid and you must apply for a replacement permit.  Please bring your vehicle insurance/licencing information to the Application Center, located on the second floor of City Hall to update your permit information.

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How do I request implementation of a new time restriction in my area?

A petition showing support of no less than 70% of the residents in the area of the restriction (minimum of one block area) must be submitted to the City. Only one resident per dwelling unit is eligible to sign the petition. Once a petition is received, it will be reviewed by Parking Services Staff.  Please note that any changes will not be immediate as a variety of factors must first be considered and evaluated.  Some of these considerations include available enforcement resources, unique characteristics of a given area, and potential side effects on the area as a whole.  A printable copy of the petition form is available here.

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How do we request removal of the time restriction?

The process to remove a restriction is similar to requesting a new one. A petition showing support of no less than 70% of the residents in the area of the restriction (minimum of one block area) must be submitted to the City. Only one resident per dwelling unit is eligible to sign the petition. A printable copy of the petition form is available here.

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How many permits can I have?
 
The maximum number of permits that may be issued to a property is governed by the type of housing.

 Dwelling Type

 Maximum number of Residential permits per dwelling unit

Maximum Visitor (Temporary) permits per dwelling unit 

 Single Dwelling/Single Detached Housing - 1 Dwelling

 2

 Single Dwelling/Single Detached Housing (with Carriage House) - 2 Dwellings

 2

 1**

 Single Dwelling/Single Detached Housing (with Secondary Suite) - 2 Dwellings

 2

 1**

 Semi-Detached/Duplex Housing - 2 Dwellings                

 2

 1**

 Semi-Detached/Tri-Plex - 3 Dwellings

 2

 1**

 Semi-Detached/Four-Plex housing - 4 Dwellings

 2

 1**

 Apartment/Row housing (greater than 5 dwellings)

 not available

 5 (per building)

**1)  Additional Visitor (Temporary) Permits may be issued for a property with a large amount of street frontage.  The total number of Visitor (Temporary) Permits for the property may not exceed one permit per seven metres of frontage.  Approval will be on a case by case basis by the Building and Permitting Manager, Parking Operations Coordinator, or his designate.

**2)  One Short-Term (Temporary) Permit may be issued in the case of a family emergency (i.e. illness), where an additional on-street parking space is required.  This permit will be valid for a one-month period.  Approval will be on a case by case basis by the Building and Permitting Manager, Parking Operations Coordinator, or his designate.

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How can I get more information?

More information about general Parking is available at kelowna.ca/parking.

For information on obtaining a Residential Parking Permit, contact the City Hall Application Centre at 250-469-8960.
 
For enforcement related inquiries, contact Parking Services Branch at 250-469-8400 or parking@kelowna.ca.

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