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We often feel we own the space in front of our home and get annoyed when someone else parks there. Streets are a shared resource that all Edmontonians have access to.

That means everyone has the right to park on City-owned streets, even if it’s right in front of your house. People can park on your side of the street even if they live on the other side, down the block, or on the other side of Edmonton!

Please report abandoned vehicles only if you believe the vehicle had been left and truly abandoned, as this should not be used to settle neighbour disputes. Unfortunately, there are citizens who use this as a tool to file a complaint against their neighbours and falsely report a vehicle as abandoned, knowing full well that it is not abandoned.

Accessible Parking Enforcement

I Was Only Running in for a Minute

We hear lots of excuses:

  • The parking lot was full.
  • I didn't see the sign.
  • It was raining.
  • My placard is expired - I haven't had time to renew.

But the truth is, there is no good reason to illegally park in an accessible stall.

Accessible Parking Awareness Brochure

Designated Accessible Parking Stall Violations

If your vehicle is parked illegally in a designated accessible parking stall, you will be issued a $250 ticket and may face towing and impound charges.

No part of the vehicle may occupy any part of the stall designated for drivers with a Service Alberta Parking Placard for People with Disabilities. The City of Edmonton has a "zero tolerance" policy for vehicles illegally parked in designated accessible parking stalls.

Useful Parking Information

  • Angle parking is not permitted in cul de sacs
  • A vehicle must park at least 5 metres away from stop signs or yield signs
  • A vehicle must park at least 5 metres away from an intersection or crosswalk
  • A vehicle must park at least 5 metres away from fire hydrants
  • A vehicle must park at least 1.5 metres away from a driveway
  • A vehicle is considered oversized when the total length exceeds 12.5 metres
  • A vehicle is considered overweight when the gross weight exceeds 4,500 kilograms
  • You cannot park an unattached trailer on city streets
  • Part of a vehicle cannot encroach more than 0.5 metres into an alley

School Parking Enforcement

Schools can cause a lot of extra traffic in residential areas, which is why the City focuses extra attention on parking around grade schools and post-secondary institutions.

Illegal parking around grade schools causes congestion and visual obstructions that make it hard for other drivers to see pedestrians, especially children, crossing the street. Illegal parking around post-secondary institutions can be a safety hazard or an unreasonable disruption to the residents living in the area.

To help prevent problems around schools, the Edmonton Police Service and Parking Enforcement Officers work together to ensure students, parents and staff members of local schools know where to park safely and legally.

Grade School Parking

Parking or dropping off children in front of grade schools is not allowed at most schools in Edmonton.

This no parking/no stopping zone ensures that drivers passing the school can clearly see anyone crossing the street.

If you are dropping your children off for school, please park legally down the street and walk them to the door.

Post-secondary School Parking

Students attending post-secondary institutions are encouraged to walk, bike or take transit to their school.

If you do drive, you should park in your college or university's parking lot. If you choose to park on the street, be sure that you obey all signs as many neighbourhoods have parking restrictions that only allow people who live in the area to park there.

Parking in a no parking zone, bus zone or emergency lane is never okay and your vehicle will be ticketed and towed.

School Parking Enforcement

Parking Enforcement Officers work with the Edmonton Police Service on several programs to prevent illegal parking around schools:

  • At the beginning of every school year, the City uses the media and advertising to remind drivers about the no parking and no stopping zones around schools.
  • Parking Enforcement Officers patrol neighbourhoods where residential parking permits are required and removes vehicles that do not have permits.
  • Uniformed Parking Enforcement Officers patrol around grade schools to remind parents that they should not park in front of the building.
  • The City runs an enforcement and education campaign every September after Labour Day. Extra enforcement officers will be on the lookout for illegally parked cars and drivers who park illegally could be ticketed and towed without warning.

Parking on Private Property

Parking enforcement officers can only write tickets where signs are posted correctly and are consistent the City's standard for parking signs.

Nuisance Vehicle Parked on Private Property

Parking Enforcement officers will not remove derelict, wrecked or dismantled vehicles. Vehicles that have smashed-out windows or multiple flat tires are not considered parked or abandoned. These vehicles are considered a nuisance. Removal is the responsibility of the property owner. Nuisance complaints can be referred to General Bylaw Enforcement by calling 311.

Private Parking Lot Signs

Parking lot signs must be:

  • Large and high enough to be visible and safe for drivers
  • Worded correctly
  • Clear of advertising
  • Designed with colour combinations that are visible and easy to read
  • Posted at all entrances to a property, and where necessary declare specific parking restrictions within the property boundaries

The City of Edmonton Parking Enforcement Services will NOT ticket and tow vehicles that are parked in areas where signs:

  • Provide the name of a specific towing company (i.e. "ACB Towing Company")
  • List the incorrect fine amount

Because fines do change periodically, it is best not to put any fine amount on your parking signs.

Parking Tickets

Bylaw Ticket Administration handles payments and inquires

For More Information

Street Parking Complaints

Telephone

311

Officer Commendations or Concerns

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
8am-4:30pm
Monday-Friday

Telephone

311

Agency Parking Program Questions

Telephone

311

Parking Policy or Procedure Questions

Telephone

311

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