We are committed to 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 free (except at pay by space parkades), with free evening parking and free parking on Sundays and holidays.
Canada Day Holiday Parking
Parking will be FREE on Thursday, July 1 for Canada Day at City parkades and on-street meters.
Parking Downtown - What You Need to Know
- Pay parking at on-street meters is in effect daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sunday on-street parking has a four-hour time limit, with a fee of $2 per hour in a 90-minute zone and $1 per hour in other areas of downtown. View the Parking Fact Sheet and Map for details.
- On-street parking continues to be FREE from 6 p.m. – 9 a.m. and all day on holidays.
- Drivers with accessible parking permits can park for up to four hours for free on Sundays at regular metered (90-minute zone or more) on-street parking spaces.
The City has five parkades with over 1,800 parking spaces. 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 or with the Parkvictoria app. Learn more.
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. The Royal Athletic Park and Wharf Street lots are now pay-by-space parking. Avoid the line and pay with the free ParkVictoria app! Learn more.
Commercial Loading Zone Permit Program
At the end of 2020 the provincial government is ending its permit program that allowed commercial vehicles to load and unload at downtown commercial loading zones. The City has introduced a new permit program. Learn more.
Taxi Hydrant Zones
Taxi drivers are able to wait for fares at nine 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. 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.
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.
Learn about downtown parking for people with disabilities.
Contact the City:
For parking related infractions, please contact 250.361.0260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the City's Streets and Traffic Bylaw [PDF - 617 KB].