Parking tickets and permits

In Waterloo there is a limit of three hours of free parking on residential streets where allowed unless signs say differently. 

Overnight parking is not allowed unless you register your vehicle.

To report a parking issue, call 519-747-8785 or submit a complaint online.

On this page

  1. Northdale parking project
  2. Register for overnight parking
  3. Pay a parking ticket
  4. Dispute a parking ticket
  5. Temporary on street parking permit
  6. Free parking uptown
  7. Paid monthly permits
  8. Longer stay paid parking
  9. Accessible parking
  10. Electric vehicle and bike parking

Northdale parking project

Investigation of options for a paid on-street parking program in Northdale is underway. Area residents, including students, area businesses, and post-secondary institutions, are invited to view more details about the project.

Register for overnight parking

You can leave a vehicle in a legal parking spot overnight up to 15 times/year. This includes city streets and these uptown lots:

You have to register by 1:30 a.m. on the night of the exemption. Unregistered vehicles left on streets/lots between 2:30 and 6:00 a.m. will be ticketed. 

Register your vehicle

Pay a parking ticket

  • wait seven business days following the date of issue
  • unpaid tickets will incur late fees and be forwarded to the province for collection
  • if you can't find your ticket or have other questions, contact 519-747-8785 during business hours or

Pay ticket online

Pay in person, by drop box, or by mail

  • in person we accept cash, debit, cheque, money order or Visa/MasterCard at the municipal enforcement counter during business hours at city hall
  • you can drop off a a cheque or money order (payable to the City of Waterloo) at the after hours box located outside the William Street entrance to city hall
  • mail a cheque or money order (payable to the City of Waterloo) to:

Municipal Enforcement Services
City of Waterloo
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8

Dispute a parking ticket

The 'administrative monetary system' is our dispute process for parking tickets. You have the right to dispute your ticket within 30 days through a screening review.

Request a review

Temporary on street parking permit

There is a limit of 3 hours of free parking on residential streets where parking is allowed unless signs say differently.

If your residential driveway is unavailable for use due to non-city related work, you can purchase a temporary on-street parking permit. Permits will not be issued due to a lack of available parking on site.


The cost is $7 a day or $40 a month. Contractors can purchase a temporary on-street parking permit for $7 a day or $65 a month. All fees are per vehicle and do not include tax.

Payment is only accepted by cash, cheque or debit, and can only be made at the Service Centre. If paying by cheque it must be made out to "City of Waterloo".

Getting your permit

Staff require a minimum of three business days to process on-street parking permits. To get your permit you will need to:

  1. Contact our Service Centre at to purchase your permit with details of:
    • the work onsite
    • the vehicle's make
    • the vehicle's model
    • licence plate number
  2. The permit can be only be picked up at the Service Centre between Monday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note that during winter months permits may be denied due to winter maintenance concerns, are subject to review, and are not guaranteed to be granted.

Free parking uptown

The Bauer Lot is unavailable during the first phase of Waterloo Park Circuit construction.

In general there is two-hour free parking on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends are free. You need to register for overnight parking to leave your car in a designated lot between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m.

Use our parking map to find free and permit parking in uptown lots.

Paid monthly parking permits

Monthly parking permits are available for purchase.

To register for a parking permit you must:
  1. View our uptown parking map and choose your top 3 lots.
  2. Indicate if you want day time parking only or night time parking as well.
  3. Contact the city parking team at to confirm availability.
  4. Our parking team will take you through the application process and confirm next steps.
To cancel a permit you must:
  1. Return your rear view mirror hang tag permit to Waterloo City Hall.
  2. If paying by pre-authorized payment, you will  need to complete and submit the pre-authorized plan change form (PDF) when you return your tag permit..

2023 parking rates

Short term parking (HST included)
Surface lots $3.25/hr
Uptown Parkade $3.75/hr

2023 Uptown Parkade (HST included)

Daily maximum - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. $18.25
Monday to Friday - 9:00 p.m. to midnight, flat rate $3.75
Monday to Friday - midnight to 8:00 a.m., flat rate $3.75
All day Saturday or Sunday, flat rate $3.75

Monthly parking permits (HST not included)


Alexandra Lot 125.50
Caroline North and South Lots 125.50
Regina Lot 125.50
Herbert Lot 125.50
Station Lot 125.50
Waterloo Town Square South Lot 125.50
William Lot 125.50
Dupont Lot 118.10
Library Lot 118.10
Perimeter Lot 118.10
Temporary Lot B 118.10
Erb Lot 112.20
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex 112.20
Bauer Lot 85.62
Willow Lot 85.62
Surface Lot - overnight Alexandra Lotel: March to November and Caroline Lots 54.11
Surface Lot - 24 hour Caroline North Lot 127.15
Uptown Parkade - 24 hour access 162.39
Uptown Parkade - overnight access


Parking permit replacement fee 29.71

Longer stay paid parking

If you need to exceed the two hour free daytime limit in uptown, use the HonkMobile app to extend your parking time. The cost is $3.25/hour. The app registers your license plate with our enforcement staff, and can be used from anywhere. It is available at:

Accessible parking

Accessible parking permit holders are exempt from paying parking fees in municipal lots. Time limits and permit requirements still apply, such as needing a permit and displaying it. Learn more about getting an accessible parking permit from the province of Ontario.

Electric vehicle and bike parking

Find an EV parking spot using the PlugShare website. Bike parking is on our cycling page.