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.