Parking in Montreal

Information on the parking options in Montreal, with details about residential permits, disability permits, how to pay for parking and where to pay for parking fines...

Parking in Montreal is relatively easy and inexpensive compared to other major cities in North America. Metered street parking and municipal parking lots are the responsibility of Stationnement de Montréal, which has a modern pay and go metered street parking system, which can also be paid for using a smart phone.

There are also many private parking lots around the city in office buildings and purpose built car parks. In less densely populated areas of the city, parking is easier with many free parking lots at shopping centers and on the street.

Street Parking

Many of the city streets require a resident's permit for parking and these areas are clearly marked with signs indicating the limits of the zone and times that it is in effect. Some of these zones allow free parking at certain times of the day. There are also days of the week when some streets must be kept clear to allow for garbage collection and road sweeping, but this varies from street to street and is clearly indicated.

Particular attention should be paid during the winter months when city streets need to be cleared after significant snowfall. Temporary signs are placed clearly indicating the no parking areas in order to allow the snow clearing equipment to pass. Vehicles parked in these areas are liable to be towed.

  • For more detailed information on parking restrictions for snow clearing operations: Click here
  • For other information on parking restrictions, fines and how to find a vehicle that has been towed, Tel: 311 or Click here
  • To pay for, or contest a parking violation online: Click here

In general, when parking on the street, the following rules should be followed:

  • Park in the direction of traffic
  • Do not park within five metres of a fire hydrant or road junction
  • Parallel park only unless otherwise indicated by road markings
  • Do not block lanes and driveways

Streets and parking lots are regularly patrolled and cars that have not paid, are not showing required permits or that are illegally parked are liable for a fine or may be towed.

Metered Parking

The metered street parking areas are broken up into zones with different charges for each zone, generally more expensive closer to downtown.

The charging periods for metered parking are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday 09:00-21:00
  • Saturday 09:00-18:00
  • Sunday 13:00-18:00
  • For a map of the charging zones and their respective rates: Click here

To use the metered parking it is important to take note of the parking space number, given as two letters and three numbers on the marker post on the footpath (for example AB123). At the nearest payment station, type in the parking space number using the key pad and then follow the instructions on the screen. Payment can generally be made by cash or credit card for a period of up to two hours. Payment can also be made by smart phone using the mobile service or parking App.

  • For further information on the metered parking system and how to pay: Click here
  • To contact Stationnement de Montreal in order to inform them of a faulty or broken payment machine, Tel: 514 868 3737

Parking Lots and Garages

There are plenty of parking garages in Montreal, some owned and operated by Stationnement de Montreal and many private garages. Although more expensive for short periods than metered parking, it is possible to park for longer periods, the whole day and sometimes longer.

Most city parking is automated by taking a ticket on entry to the car park and then paying at a machine before returning to the car. Some smaller parking lots have an attendant who takes payment on entry for a given period, such as a full day or for the evening.

Many office building car parks also have some public parking spaces.

Motorcycles and Scooters

There are many dedicated parking zones for motorcycles around the city, and these are free of charge for motorbikes and scooters between 1 April and 31 October. From 1 November to 31 March the parking of motorcycles and scooters is prohibited in these zones, although other vehicles may be parked there at an hourly rate.

Resident's Parking Permits

Accès Montréal is responsible for issuing parking permits for residents. Each borough of the city has an Accès Montréal office and residents should contact their local office in order to apply for a permit.

  • For contact details and opening hours for each of the boroughs of Montreal: Click here

Parking for People with Disabilities

Most parking lots in and around Montreal have designated parking spaces for drivers with a disability. These spaces are generally wider than regular spaces and also more conveniently located.

Disabled parking spaces can also be reserved close to the residence of a person with a disability by contacting the offices of the local borough. Some parking meters have been adapted and are generally about 30cm shorter than the standard meters.

  • For full details on how to apply for a disabled parking permit from the Société de l'assurance automobile Québec (SAAQ): Click here
  • For contact details of local borough offices in order to reserve a disabled parking space: Click here
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