Parking

We are committed to improving customer service and making parking easier for residents, businesses and visitors.

The City of Victoria operates five parkades, three surface parking lots, and has nearly 2,000 on-street parking spaces downtown. We also oversee residential parking zones.

For flexibility and choice, there are on-street parking zones with variable rates and time limits. At City parkades, the first hour is always free, with free evening parking and free parking on Sundays and holidays.

Parking - What You Need to Know

Check out our parking fact sheet [PDF - 166 KB]to learn more about parking downtown.

#ArriveAndShop Toolkit

The City has partnered with the DVBA, BC Transit and Modo to create the #ArriveAndShop 
Toolkit 
that highlights the various transportation options to get and stay downtown. Learn more.

Holiday Season Parking 

Parking downtown at on-street meters and at City parkades will be FREE on the following days this holiday season:

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24
Christmas Day - Monday, December 25
Boxing Day - Tuesday, December 26
New Year's Eve - Sunday, December 31
New Year's Day - Monday, January 1

Plan to celebrate New Year's Eve downtown? Leave your vehicle at a City parkade or on-street overnight as parking is free this New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Or leave your vehicle at home and take transit or a taxi. Be safe. Don't drink and drive.

Note: Parking is payable at the City's three surface parking lots 24/7: Wharf Street parking lot, Royal Theatre parking lot, and Royal Athletic Park parking lot.

NOTE:  Currently Out of Parking Cards

Please note that we are currently out of Parking Cards and apologize for this inconvenience. We expect a new shipment to arrive by December 22. You may want to try out our ParkVictoria app that also enables you to refund unused time - and pay for on-street parking from the comfort of your vehicle.

SERVICE UPDATE: View Street Parkade Elevator Upgrades

Elevator upgrades to improve customer service at View Street Parkade are anticipated to be completed by early December. One elevator will remain in service throughout most of the work. In the event both elevators are out-of-service, a shuttle vehicle will be made available. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to serve you better.

ParkVictoria App

Our ParkVictoria app makes paying for on-street parking easier. You can pay for on-street parking using your iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone or tablet by downloading the free ParkVictoria app from the App Store or Google Play. Learn more here.

City Parkades

At the City's five parkades, the first hour is always free, with free evening parking Monday - Saturday from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m., and free parking all day Sunday and holidays.

We offer electric vehicle charging stations, enclosed bicycle parking, as well as motorcycle parking at four of our parkades. Parking is billed in 15-minute increments and payment can be made by cash or credit card at the gate or at "pay on foot" pay stations in the parkade. Learn more.

On-Street Parking 

Did you know:

  • See the parking map [PDF - 141 KB] for variable on-street parking zones ranging from $1.50 to $3 per hour with 90 minute to 24 hour time limits in effect Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • On-street parking is free in the evenings from 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.
  • The ParkVictoria app makes paying for on-street parking easier and sends you alerts when parking time is running out.
  • Payment can be made by coin, credit card, the ParkVictoria app, or the City Parking Card at an on-street pay station within your zone.

Learn more about on-street parking downtown.

City Surface Parking Lots

The City operates three surface parking lots: Royal Athletic Park lot, Wharf Street lot, and Royal Theatre lot. Daily and monthly parking rate changes took effect on May 1, 2017. NEW: Royal Athletic lot is now pay-by-space parking! Learn more.

Downtown Parking Map

View a parking map of City-run and privately-owned parking developed by the Downtown Victoria Business Association.

Taxi Hydrant Zones Pilot

The City has introduced a one-year pilot to enable taxi drivers to wait for fares at six identified taxi hydrant zones as long as they remain in their vehicle and relocate immediately upon the approach or arrival of an emergency vehicle. Learn more.

Scheduled Elevator Maintenance

Scheduled elevator maintenance takes place at City parkades the third week of each month, except in December, and instead takes place the first week of January. View the elevator maintenance schedule.

SafeWalk Phone Number

Call 250.686.3715 to arrange for a security guard to meet you at a specific City parkade and accompany you to your vehicle. You can also request this service of a security guard in person at any City parkade. Learn more.

Online Services

Save yourself at trip to City Hall and pay a parking ticket online or request your parking ticket be reviewed online.

Residential Parking Zones

Residential parking zones are in place to ensure that Victoria residents have access to on-street parking on their block. These zones are signed as “Residential Parking Only”. Only residents and their visitors or contractors working on the residence that fronts the residential parking zone may park there. Parking tickets are issued on a complaint basis.

To park in a residential parking zone, a resident is required to have their vehicle licence plate number on file with City of Victoria Parking Services. Learn more.

Parking for People with Disabilities

Learn about downtown parking for people with disabilities.

Experiencing a Problem?

We appreciate your assistance in reporting an issue with a pay station or stand-alone meter. To report a problem, please contact Parking Services at parkingservices@victoria.ca or at 250.361.0260.

Streets and Traffic Bylaw

Learn more about the City's Streets and Traffic Bylaw [PDF - 624 KB].