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West End Parking Strategy

West End Parking Strategy

Parking in the West End is difficult today

It's hard to find parking in the West End resident parking permit zone whether you live there or visit someone who does. To find parking during busy periods, it takes:

  • Residents about 5 minutes and over 1 km of extra driving
  • Visitors about 10 minutes and almost 3 km of extra driving

Our goal is to make it easier to find parking in the West End permit zone without encouraging more driving overall.

The strategy responds to community-identified concerns and supports actions in the Transportation 2040 Plan and West End Community Plan.

What's happening

West End permit fee increases September 1

The West End permit fee is $77.90 until September 1, 2017.

You can buy a permit online, by phone, or in person. 

What's next 

New permit prices will start September 1, 2017. To get an exemption to the market-based permit prices, buy your permit before September 1.

We’ll be carrying out some of the other recommendations later in 2017, including the following:

  1. Update parking regulations to allow off-peak parking in permit spaces, and install new parking meters in some of the 2-hour parking spaces.
  2. Report back to Council on the framework for the participatory budget process used to spend new permit revenue.
  3. Propose changes to the Zoning and Development Bylaw and other regulations to allow parking to be rented to other neighbourhood residents.

Actions we're taking to improve parking

1. Charge market-based rates for new parking permits

2. Keep existing permit holders on the same rates

3. Create a parking benefit district

4. Divide the permit zone

5. Unlock unused parking

6. Improve parking enforcement

7. Let visitors park in residential spaces when it’s less busy

8. Add parking meters to some visitor parking spaces

9. Convert some residential parking to visitor parking


Here is our process and anticipated milestones to create and deliver the strategy.

  • Nov 2015

    Phase 1 community engagement

  • July 2016

    Phase 2 community engagement

  • Feb 2017

    City Council approves the recommendations

  • May 1, 2017

    West End permit renewals begin

  • We are here
  • Sep 1, 2017

    Market-based permit prices begin

Past updates

February 2017

We revised our recommendations based on what we heard in Phase 2. Key updates included:

  • Reduce the proposed new permit rate from $50 to $30 per month. Let renewing permit holders keep existing rates.
  • Explain how residents can help decide how to spend new permit revenues.
  • Provide details on parking options for people with limited mobility.
  • Offer a reduced permit cost for low-income households to the West End.

City Council approved the recommendations.

July – August 2016

We created draft recommendations based on what we heard in Phase 1 and asked for your feedback at two open houses and in an online questionnaire.

Read our Phase 2 public consultation summary PDF file (500 KB)

November – December 2015

We surveyed and engaged over 4,000 West End residents to:

  • Better understand parking issues
  • Test support for various tools that could improve parking
  • Share ideas

Read our Phase 1 public consultation summary PDF file (1.1 MB)