Types of Parking
Parking is an important part of city life. In Edmonton, we have two types of parking: off-street and on-street.
Off-street parking is parking on private property. This includes home garages, parking lots, or underground parkades.
On-street parking is located on public roads owned by the City of Edmonton and includes parallel parking or angle parking on streets.
Off-Street Parking Regulations
Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw requires new developments, including homes, schools, offices and stores, to provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces.
The Zoning Bylaw also requires parking stalls to be provided when someone starts using a building in a new way, for example a restaurant becoming a daycare or a convenience store turning into a medical centre.
Off-street parking requirements are intended to accommodate the people visiting or living at the property and to reduce the parking spillover onto other properties or onto the street.
However, these parking requirements can also make homes more expensive, create empty spaces or prevent new businesses from opening.
Current Off-Street Parking Projects
Review of Parking Rules for Private Property
How parking is provided and managed plays a powerful role in shaping how our communities are built, and how we get around.
Many of Edmonton’s existing Zoning Bylaw rules for parking on private property were put in place in the 1970s. Edmonton has changed considerably since then and the rules need to be updated to make sure they make sense for today.
Updating the rules will help reduce barriers to businesses and investment opportunities, and support current city-building goals of creating communities that are walkable, attractive, compact, and offer a variety of housing, retail and transportation options. The City’s goal is to make sure parking regulations are meeting the current needs of Edmontonians, and that businesses and homeowners have flexibility and choice in how on-site parking is provided and used.
Past Off-Street Parking Projects
Over the past several years, the City has completed five projects to update off-street parking regulations in the Zoning Bylaw for Religious Assemblies, Low-density Residential, Eating and Drinking Establishments, Child Care Services, Main Streets, and Transit Nodes.
Learn more about recent parking regulation changes.