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 Permit program beginning on January 1, 2020.

Two Permits Available

  1. Permit for commercial vehicles more than six metres in length
    For use at standard commercial truck loading zones; $300 per year

  2. Permit for commercial vehicles under six metres in length
    For commercial use while actively loading and unloading at 20-minute meters; $100 per year

The new permit decals will be available for purchase at Victoria City Hall starting December 2, 2019.

Parking Ambassadors will begin distributing flyers about the new program to commercial vehicles downtown at the end of October.

Benefits

The new Commercial Loading Zone Permit program will provide increased access to downtown commercial loading zones as large trucks (more than six metres) require the length of those zones to park, and do not have other options.

Commercial vehicles that are six metres in length or less are able to fit into regular 20-minute vehicle parking spaces. The $100 per year permit will provide an option for these commercial vehicles to purchase an annual permit to park at 20-minute meters, or continue to pay for 20-minute meters when required.

Background

The Province recently announced that their Commercial Vehicle Licensing program that has been operated by UBCM since 1987, is coming to an end on December 31, 2019. The price of the decals ranged from $25 to $40 and has not increased in over 15 years.

The detailed analysis of parking, and curbside management and pricing is currently underway as part of GOVictoria, the City’s Sustainability Mobility Strategy that is in development.