Overnight Parking Permits

Overnight parking on City Streets is prohibited during the winter months, from November 15th, to March 15th, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The City of St. Thomas has Overnight Parking Permits available to residents whose property meets the eligibility criteria as set out in the Traffic and Parking By-Law 45-89.

Please read the FAQ section below to find out more information.

If you have previously qualified for a permit you can do so here: Pre-Approved Properties Overnight Permit .
If you have a new permit request you can do so here:  New Property Overnight Permit Request.

The cost of the permit is $84.75 for the season.  They are available for purchase AFTER October 15th each year.


Is it common to restrict parking in Canada during the winter season?

Every City restricts parking on streets in the winter for winter control reasons, snow removal which ensures access for emergency vehicles, school buses, transit and local traffic. Many Cities prohibit on-street parking all year long.

Does every property have guaranteed parking?
No. Every property owner or tenant should determine what legal parking options they have before purchasing/signing lease.
How do I qualify to purchase overnight parking permits?
If the property has two or more parking spaces (including a garage), a permit will not be issued, and, If the property has the potential for two parking spaces, a permit may be issued for one (1) year only on the condition that the property owner will develop the second parking space while also complying with the City Zoning By-law and Policies.
I am a tenant in a multi-residential building – how do I go about getting a permit?

Permits will not be issued to tenants living in a multi-unit dwelling  where their parking requirements exceed 2 parking spaces. The eligibility criteria is based on property and not on the number of apartments or tenants living on the property. Therefore, alternate parking arrangements will be the responsibility of the landlord and tenant.  If multi-dwelling units have less than 2 parking spaces, the request for Overnight Parking Permits must be made by the property owner/landlord who will determine how the permits will be distributed to their tenants.


What if I have overnight guests and don’t have space in my driveway for them to park?
In addition to the seasonal overnight parking permits, guest parking passes during the period of November 15 - March 15 are available to purchase here: 1 Night Temporary Overnight Permit at a cost of $4 per night. There is a limit of 5 per season.
Where do I get information on widening my driveway if my property has potential for more space?
What if my garage is full?

The property owner is responsible to clean out their garage and use that spot for parking and would therefore not qualify for overnight parking permits.

What if I have more cars than space to park them in my garage and driveway?

An owner or renter should first determine how many legal spots they have on their own property before acquiring or storing new vehicles.

Can I park on my lawn or along the City Boulevard?

No. Parking is not permitted on the City Boulevard and is a violation of By-Law 45-89 Section 19(a). Parking on your lawn is a violation of the Zoning By-law 50-88 Section 4.2.6 (b). Parking in these restricted areas may result in a ticket. 


I have a shared driveway – does this mean I am eligible for an overnight parking permit?

No. Shared right of ways between properties are a joint civil matter between the owners. The shared right of way provides access to the back yards of properties for parking. It is between the property owners to settle their access problems on their private property.


What if I am denied my request and don’t agree with the decision?

All decisions for new requests are determined after a site visit to the property. They are based on measurements, available parking spots and in accordance with the Traffic and Parking By-Law 45-89. As such all decisions are final.