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Trying to find a parking spot in a big city is often a nightmare. There’s nothing more frustrating than hopelessly circling around the block for several minutes, and then when you eventually find a free parking spot and walk toward your front door, a spot right in front of your home opens up. However, you don’t have to be so mad because Toronto is a pretty easy place to park compared to other world cities.
According to a survey by IBM, Toronto is the third easiest place to park out of 20 cities around the world. The average time Torontonians spend searching for a parking spot is 13 minutes, which is seven minutes below the global average. Moreover, drivers in Toronto are relatively calm, and only 13 per cent of drivers have argued over a parking space. Nevertheless, the Torontonian system of parking permits, regulations, and by-laws is very complex and not easy to decipher. Here is a guide through the most important parking rules in Toronto.
The basic parking rule in the city of Toronto is that you can park on public roads where no other regulations are posted for three hours without a permit. There are many streets in Toronto that have metered parking spaces where you pay either through specific meters or parking machines in the vicinity. But don’t forget to check for signage before parking on any street on Toronto.
A permit-holding resident is entitled to park his or her car on the street within a certain area during permit parking hours.
At first, to obtain a parking permit, you must check whether your street or area accepts new applications for front pad parking or driveway widening. According to Chapter 918 of the Toronto Municipal Code, “the General Manager shall not accept an application for a licence to park on any portion of a boulevard for residential properties located within Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16 (excluding the portion east of Avenue Road, south of Brooke Avenue in the former city of North York), 23, 24, 25, 33, 34,35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44.“ Moreover, the city isn’t accepting applications for front yard parking for residential properties located in Wards 14, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 30,31. If you want to buy a home in one of these Wards, be sure that the property includes legal front pad parking that can be transferred to you.
by Anthony Easton
Once you’re sure that your Ward accepts new parking applications, you should fill out a permit parking application form. There are two types of permits available in most areas: six- and twelve-month term resident-only permits and temporary resident or visitor permits.
The terms of six- and twelve-month permits are from December to May and from June to November, and fees vary according to your preferences. A permit without access to on-site parking for a resident’s first vehicle costs $13.39/month plus HST, while a permit with access to on-site parking for a resident’s second and any subsequent vehicles costs $33.48/month plus HST, and a permit that allows a resident to have access to on-site parking costs $46.88/month plus HST.
If you acquire a temporary parking permit, you can park for one week on a street within the limits of a permit parking street or area. These permits can be purchased either online (up to a maximum of one week in advance of the date required) or at a Permit Parking office (up to a maximum of two weeks in advance of the date required). You can use temporary permits bought at a Permit Parking office for up to a maximum of eight consecutive weeks.
Accessible Parking Permits
The Accessible Parking Permit program, formerly known as the Disabled Person Parking Permit program, offers three types of disabled parking privileges. You can find applications at any Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, or you can download it from the Ministry of Transportation’s website. The condition of a person applying for an Accessible Parking Permit has to be certified by an Accessible Parking Permit program recognized health practitioner. There are three types of privileged parking permits: a permanent permit, subject to change (up to five years) and a temporary permit (up to 12 months). If you own an Accesible Parking Permit, you must display it on the dashboard or sun visor so that it’s clearly visible.
A permit holder is freed from the unsigned maximum three-hour parking limit in effect on all city streets and is allowed to park without a designated on-street parking permit on signed areas. Furthermore, the maximum signed parking limits don’t apply for permit holders.
Front Yard Parking
Front Yard Parking
by Danielle Scott
Probably the most important thing that you should keep in mind is that a front yard parking license isn’t automatically transfered to the new owner of the property. All new homes have to be built with driveways and parking spaces. The maximum allowed width of driveways for properties with frontage less than 19.7 feet is 8.5 feet. Properties with frontage between 19.8 and 75.5 feet are allowed 19.7-foot-wide driveways, and properties with frontage wider than 75.5 feet can have 19.5-foot-wide driveways.
The new by-law that regulates parking on residential front yards and boulevards also includes front yard landscaping rules. It determines that for properties with frontage between 19.7 and 49.2 feet, a minimum of 50 per cent of the front yard should be maintained as landscaped open space. A minimum of 60 per cent of the front yard should be kept up as landscaped open space if the property includes frontage of 49.2 feet and more. “Landscaped open space” is defined as an area that supports the growth of vegetation but also includes a walkway or patio but no driveway or parking space.