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 Downtown - What You Need to Know

Check out our helpful Parking Fact Sheet & Map to learn about parking downtown.

NEW: Commercial Loading Zone Permit Program

At the end of the year, the provincial government is ending its permit program that allowed commercial vehicles to load and unload at downtown commercial loading zones. The City is introducing a new Commercial Loading Zone Permit program beginning on January 1, 2020. Learn more.

Bastion Square Parkade Elevator
Out of Service for Improvements Sept 3 - Dec 3

The Bastion Square Parkade elevator will be out of service for improvements from September 3 to December 3 to accommodate the installation of a modernized elevator cab and new mechanical systems.

The parkade's two stairwells will remain open at all times. A free EV-shuttle service will be available Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for those who have difficulty with stairs. Once parked, customers are asked to wait at the elevator stairwell for the shuttle to arrive. Signs will be posted.

Alternate parking with elevator service is available at the City’s four other parkades: Johnson Street Parkade (750 Johnson Street); Centennial Square Parkade (645 Fisgard Street); View Street Parkade (743 View Street); and Broughton Street Parkade (745 Broughton Street below the Central Library).

The City of Victoria is committed to improving the parking experience downtown. We appreciate your patience while we make these service upgrades.

On-Street Parking

NEW: As of May 1, 2019, the City of Victoria began charging for on-street parking on Sundays.

Metered parking on Sundays will improve turnover for on-street parking customers and will generate new revenue to fund BC Transit passes for Victoria youth in the fall.

Parking at the City’s five parkades continues to be FREE after 6 p.m., all day Sundays and holidays, with the first hour always free.

  • 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 & Map for details.
  • On-street parking continues to be FREE from 6 p.m. – 9 a.m. and all day on holidays.

Rates/Zones:

  • Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., on-street parking zones range from $1.50 to $3 per hour with 90-minute to 24-hour time limits.
  • 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
  • For Sunday rates and time limit when parked at single-head meters, please pay with the ParkVictoria app or at a pay station.

Note: Non-metered on-street parking zones will remain the same on Sundays.

Learn more.

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. There is no need to use a parking pay station. Learn more.

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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW: 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.

Downtown Parking Map

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

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.

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.

Contact the City:

If you come across a problem in your neighbourhood, we encourage you to report the issue to the City:

For parking related infractions, please contact 250.361.0260 or email parkingservices@victoria.ca

For streets and traffic related infractions, please contact 250.361.0300 or email eng@victoria.ca

For city bylaw infractions, please contact 250.361.0215 or email bylawservices@victoria.ca

If you are unsure of the infraction, please call 250.385.5711 and a customer service centre representative will help direct your call to the appropriate department

Streets and Traffic Bylaw

Learn more about the City's Streets and Traffic Bylaw [PDF - 617 KB].