Parking

Park smart… know the rules. Learn more about parking regulations.

To pay a parking fine using VISA or MasterCard (convenience fee applies)

To pay a parking fine using cash, cheque, debit, money order, VISA or MasterCard by mail or in person, choose one of the following options

  • Mail to City of Guelph, Parking Division, 1 Carden Street Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
  • Mail to Guelph Provincial Offences Court, 59 Carden Street, Guelph ON N1H 2Z9
  • Visit City Hall or the Guelph Provincial Offences Court
    Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    (drop box available after hours)

Please do not mail cash or leave cash in after-hours drop box.

If you believe you received a ticket in error or want to review a ticket for compassionate reasons you may request a parking ticket review

  • Complete Option 2 on the back of the ticket
  • Mail or submit your parking ticket, and you will receive a notice of trial date:

    Guelph Provincial Offences Court
    59 Carden Street
    Guelph, ON N1H 2Z9

Please note the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General regulates tickets and fines.

Overnight on-street parking is not permitted downtown. Downtown residents are encouraged to use municipal parking lots to accommodate guests. Please check signs to see where overnight parking is permitted.

Each winter, Guelph restricts on-street parking to allow for the safe operation of snow removal, Guelph Transit and emergency vehicles.

Starting on December 1 at 2 a.m. until April 1 at 2 a.m. on-street parking is not permitted between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. unless otherwise posted.

Short-term on-street exemption permits are available for residents outside the downtown area:

  • Maximum two vehicles per exemption
  • Maximum two days per exemption
  • Maximum 12 exemptions per year

All on-street parking and parking exemptions may be suspended during winter storms and/or other emergencies.

Downtown parking permit

Walk a little, save a lot. Monthly parking permit fees are lower in less popular lots located a little further from the downtown core.

Downtown parking rates, permit fees and locations

Downtown parking permits are issued based on availability, so please have two choices in mind when you apply.

Accessible parking permit

People living with disabilities on a limited income can apply for a free accessible parking permit. Your application must include:

Show your Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit, and your one-year City of Guelph Accessible Parking Permit for free parking in municipal parking lots downtown and on-street metres throughout the city.  

Downtown parking locations

Learn more about the Guelph-Wellington Barrier-free Committees

Veteran parking permit or transit pass

Veterans can apply for a free parking permit to use in municipal parking lots downtown and on-street metres at the Guelph Public Library. The veteran parking permit cannot be used on private property, off-street metres or lots at the General Hospital.

Learn more about free veteran parking permit terms and conditions

To apply you’ll need a copy of ONE of the following documents:

  • Canadian Forces Certificate of Service or Discharge Certificate (front and back) or equivalent for the Merchant Navy and Allied Forces
  • Veterans Affairs Canada Health Identification Card
  • A letter from your home unit confirming type of service, receipt of Canadian Decoration or three years of paid duty
  • A letter from your police service confirming your involvement in a NATO operation or a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission
  • Statement of service or discharge certificate showing service in Vietnam during Vietnam War in the United States forces or the forces of its allies during this war and proof of Canadian Citizenship at the time of service

Documents must be in English or French or accompanied by a certified translation of the document

Applications are also available at: