Residential parking

Timed parking restrictions (one- or two-hour maximum) affect six residential zones in Kelowna. The restriction limits the time non-residents can park on the street. These zones are in areas that attract large numbers of visitors. For more information, view the residential parking zone map

For information on time restrictions, view the map of current time restrictions.

Residential parking permits provide us with a record of resident vehicles on the street, making parking enforcement more efficient and effective. Permit holders may park their vehicle for up to 24 hours at a time.  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 Council Policy No. 366.

More information about residential parking permits
How to obtain a permit

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

Provide your name, vehicle licence plate number and two pieces of documentation proving you live in a residential zone. One of those documents must be your vehicle licensing documents showing the vehicle is registered to the permit address.

Acceptable proof of residency

  •  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) (mandatory)
  •  Change of Address registered with the Post Office
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, 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.  

Who can use a visitor permit

Visitor (temporary) permits are for the exclusive use of visitors to the residence, and use will be closely monitored by enforcement personnel. These permits may not be used by the resident, permit holder or any vehicle registered to the address associated with the permit. Vehicles found misusing a pass will be ticketed and/or towed. 

Misuse of any visitor (temporary) permit will result in a cancellation of ALL permits for one year, and future issuance of visitor permits for that residence will be reviewed and possibly denied.

Visitor must be present at the registered address while the permit is in use.

Parking on-street without a permit

Traffic Officers patrol time-restricted areas. Vehicles without a permit parked longer than the posted time limit may be ticketed and/or towed at the vehicle owner's expense.

Where to display parking permit

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

Purpose of permit fee

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

The measure of a 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. Our goal is not to increase fine revenue, but to change behaviour and solve the parking problems in an area.

Restrictions on who can park on-street

Residential Parking Only zones, where the parking is reserved exclusively for residents, will not be considered unless all other parking management measures have been exhausted and the following criteria are met:

  • A petition is completed showing support from a minimum of 80 per cent of Residential Permit Eligible Dwelling units on both sides of a block (between two intersecting streets).
  • The subject block must have insufficient off‐street parking. The total number of off‐street parking spaces for all residences in a block must be less than the total number of spaces required as per Zoning Bylaw No. 8000.
  • With a one‐hour maximum time limit in effect, occupancy levels during peak periods must exceed 90 per cent, with a minimum of 50 per cent transient parking.
  • Unless a Resident Parking Only zone is approved as part of an area parking plan approved by Council, implementation may be limited to one side or 50 per cent of a block, to be determined by the Parking Services Manager, Traffic Operations Supervisor, Parking Operations Coordinator.
  • The block must be located within 500 meters of a High Parking Generator. Peak operating hours for the High Parking Generator will be used to establish the new restriction (i.e. daytime, overnight only or full‐time).
Transfer of permit when moving or getting a new 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/licensing information to the Application Centre, located on the second floor of City Hall to update your permit information.

Requesting a new time restriction in your area

The process to remove a restriction is similar to requesting a new one. A petition showing support of no less than 70 per cent 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.

Maximum number of permits

The 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 - one dwelling22
Single dwelling/single detached housing (with carriage house) - two dwellings21*
Single dwelling/single detached housing (with secondary suite) - two dwellings21*
Semi-detached/duplex housing - two dwellings 21*
Semi-detached/triplex - three dwellings21*
Semi-detached/fourplex housing - four dwellings21*
Apartment/row housing (more than five dwellings)Not available5 per building

*1) Additional Visitor (Temporary) Permits may be issued to 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 Services Manager, Parking Operations Coordinator, Development Services Coordinator or designate.

*2) One Short‐Term Visitor (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 one month. Approval will be on a case-by-case basis by the Building and Permitting Manager, Parking Services Manager, Parking Operations Coordinator, Development Services Coordinator or designate.

Contacts

For information on obtaining a Residential Parking Permit, contact the City Hall Application Centre at 250-469-8960.

For enforcement related inquiries, contact the Parking Services Branch at 250-469-8400 or  parking@kelowna.ca .