On-Street Parking

Pay 'N Go On-Street Parking

The City of Victoria's computerized pay stations make parking easier and more inviting for downtown visitors.

The pay stations allow you to Pay 'N Go. Once you've paid for parking, there's no need to return to your car. You simply Pay 'N Go.

Victoria's Pay 'N Go on-street parking is convenient and easy to use, allowing you to:

  • Enter your space number and purchase time from any pay station downtown
  • pay by coin, credit card or the new City parking card
  • receive a parking receipt.

How to Use a Pay Station

Using a pay station is easy.

  1. Park and note your space number.
  2. At any pay station, enter your space number.
  3. Choose your method of payment (coin, credit card or the City's parking card).
  4. Purchase the parking time you require.
  5. Print and collect your receipt - there's no need to return to your vehicle!

A pay station's main screen provides prompts throughout the transaction. Your receipt includes your parking space number and the date and time of expiry.


A pay station is to be used for short-term, on-street parking downtown, Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Most parking time zones allow you to park up to 90 minutes. If you need to park for a longer period of time, please visit one of the City's five parkades

On-street Metered Parking
If you are parked on-street in a metered zone (e.g. 90 minutes), you will need to move your vehicle to another parking space and pay for parking once your parking time is completed.

On-street Limited Time Parking Zone
If you are parked in a “limited time parking zone” (signed but not metered), you will need to move your vehicle to another block to continue parking once your initial time limit is completed.

Parking on Sundays and Statutory Holidays

On-street parking downtown and at City parkades is free on Sundays and Statutory Holidays.

On-street pay stations will not accept payment, nor will they allow you to reload a parking card on a Sunday or Statutory Holiday.

Note: Pay parking is in effect 24/7 at the City's four surface parking lots.

Designated On-street Parking Spaces for
People With Disabilities

The City has designated 28 metered on-street parking spaces downtown for use by people with a valid BC Disability Parking Permit on their vehicle. Learn more.


There are three downtown time zones: 20 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes.

The on-street parking rates for the new pay stations and existing single head meters as of
July 1, 2010 are as follows:

  • 25 cents for 6 minutes
  • $1 for 24 minutes
  • $2 for 48 minutes
  • $3.75 for 90 minutes

City Parking Card for Pay Stations

The City's parking card is available for use at all on-street pay stations. A parking card can be purchased and reloaded at the Public Service Centre at City Hall for a one-time administration fee of $5, and parking time is available in $25 increments.

The hours of operation for the Public Service Centre are Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The City of Victoria is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged parking cards.

Note: City parkades and surface parking lots do not accept parking cards. The single parking meter heads that were installed in November 2010 accept coins only. They do not accept parking cards at this time.

How to Reload Your Parking Card

You can reload your City parking card in two ways:

1) At the Public Service Centre at City Hall in $25 increments, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit card.

2) At any on-street pay station downtown, except on Sundays and Statutory Holidays. Payment can only be made at pay stations using coins. Canadian and American coins are accepted, except pennies.

To reload your parking card at a pay station:

  1. Insert card
  2. Deposit coins
  3. Press STOP button
  4. Remove card
  5. Take your printed receipt

The City's reloadable Parking Card makes parking downtown easier.

Refund Unused Time with the City Parking Card

The pay stations will automatically debit the maximum time of the zone from a parking card; before returning to your vehicle, simply insert your card into any pay station and you will be refunded unused time.

To use the City parking card at any computerized on-street pay station:

  1. Enter space number.
  2. Press green button.
  3. Insert parking card.
  4. Press the green button to log on.
  5. Remove card.
  6. Take receipt.

To refund unused time:

  1. When ready to leave, insert card into pay station.
  2. Press the green button to log off.
  3. Remove card.
  4. Take receipt.

Prepay Option

An added benefit of the pay stations is that they allow you to prepay if you arrive downtown before on-street parking is enforced at 9 a.m. For example, if you arrive downtown at 8 a.m., you can park and prepay for up to 90 minutes. This will enable you to park until 10:30 a.m.

Remaining Single Head Meters

253 single head meters remain downtown to serve those who have mobility challenges (2 hour maximum), small vehicles (25 cents for 12 minutes) and 20-minute zone on-street parking spaces (25 cents for 10 minutes), as well as in areas where there are too few spaces to warrant a pay station.

The meter posts at these parking spaces are also numbered to offer you the option of using the pay stations, however, the regular zone rate will apply (25 cents for 6 minutes.) The City is looking into enabling the pay stations to differentiate between zones in the future.

Meter Heads Accept Coins Only

In November 2010, the remaining single head meters which had passed their lifespan, were replaced with a newer model. These single head parking meters accept coins only. They do not accept the City of Victoria parking card.