Resident Permit Parking
Permit parking is installed in response to situations where there is a chronic and heavy demand for on-street parking by non-residents. In order for it to be approved the regular parking density on the eligible portion of the block must be at least 60% with a minimum 25% of available parking occupied by non-residents (a minimum of 3 vehicles). It can be installed on residential streets in New Westminster which meet the required criteria. Permit parking regulations are primarily intended for blocks where at least 50% of the street frontage is comprised of single family or older low rise multifamily homes. Only the parking in front of these properties would have permit parking regulations installed, and only residents of these properties would be eligible for permits. Posted regulations would consist of either permit only or time limit permit exempt. The type and distribution of the regulations would be determined by the City.
Permit parking is not intended to address short-term intermittent parking problems generated by such things as pubs, parks, churches and construction. It is also not installed in response to parking demand created by nearby high density multifamily properties. Permit parking allows residents to have priority parking in signed permit parking areas within a one block radius of their street. It does not guarantee permit holders a parking space in front of their homes.
For additional information about the City of New Westminster’s Resident Permit Parking Program please call Engineering Services at 604-527-4592.
If you DO NOT have the option of permit parking on your street and would like to apply for it on your block please submit a Transportation Action Request using the following link: https://www.newwestcity.ca/services/online-forms/transportation-action-request. If there is permit parking on your street and you want to purchase a permit, please continue reading below.
After the request is received you will be provided with a petition form to determine the level of support for permit parking. A level of support of at least 2/3 is required from eligible properties in order for the investigation to be completed. The petition must be completed on the City provided form.
Eligible residents living in a permit parking area may purchase permits to exempt them from posted permit parking regulations within a one block radius of their address. If the area is time regulated (e.g., 2 hours), it must state, “except with permit” to allow permit holders to park over the prescribed time period. Permits do not provide parking exemptions for over-sized, uninsured, or recreation vehicles (as defined in the Street and Traffic Bylaw). Parking permits do not provide exemption from pay parking regulations. Payment is still required to park in all pay parking areas or parkades.
There are two types of permits:
Residential Parking Permits
Residential Parking Permits are vehicle specific. A copy of an active ICBC insurance policy must be provided indicating your current address is within a designated parking permit area. This must also be provided each time your permit is renewed.
In the case of company vehicles, a letter on company letterhead confirming the vehicle is a company vehicle, the address of the principle driver, as well as the license plate number, make, model, year, and colour of the vehicle is required.
In the event a new vehicle is purchased or the license plate changes, please bring in the new ICBC vehicle registration papers to City Hall.
Visitor Parking Permits
A Visitor permit is not vehicle specific. There is only one Visitor permit hanger issued per household in a parking permit zone. This hanger must be displayed in your visitor's vehicle while parked on your street. Proof of residency, which indicates your name and current address (i.e., utility bill, lease agreement, driver's licence) must be shown at time of application and every year at renewal time.
Please note: If the visitor permit is lost or stolen before it expires, it will NOT be replaced until the expiry date displayed on the permit unless a police file # is provided. Lost or stolen permits should be reported immediately. Any misuse of Visitor permits, such as selling, renting or duplicating, may result in the cancellation of the permit and a $250.00 fine.
How to Purchase
a Parking Permit
**New Parking Permit Rates Effective January 1, 2020 (includes a 10% Climate Action Levy)
Each household is entitled to a total of five permits (one Visitor permit maximum)
- First & Second Permit: $22.00 each - Residential or Visitor (max. 1 Visitor Permit per household)
- Third Permit: $55.00 each - Residential or Visitor (max. 1 Visitor Permit per household)
- Fourth & Fifth Permit: $82.50 each - Residential Permit Only
Find out if you live in a parking permit zone
Purchase your permit online: Residential and visitor parking permit online application
Purchase your permit in person:
- If you wish to pay by cash, cheque, or debit card, or you are not the registered owner or lessee of the vehicle, you must purchase your permit in person.
- Permits can be purchased in Engineering Services at City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue (Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesdays - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
How your purchase works:
- Complete your purchase either online or in person
- If applying in person, you will receive your permit at that time
- If applying online for a Residential Parking Permit:
Three hours after applying, your licence plate number will be entered into the parking enforcement database, and you may begin parking on your street. Note that permit hangers are no longer required to be displayed for residential permits.
- If applying online for a Visitor Parking Permit:
Your new permit hanger (or renewal stickers) will be mailed within 10 business days. Your hanger MUST BE DISPLAYED on the rear view mirror with the front of the permit facing out in order to park on your street.