Downtown parking

The City of Guelph operates numerous downtown lots at reasonable rates. Though you may not always find a spot right in front of your destination, parking lots in the downtown core are within a short walk of downtown destinations. Parking in our downtown lots is generally free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays (see Event parking).


Event and short term parking lots

Market Parkade lot open October 22, 2019

Parking rates

Saturday parking

A flat fee of $2.00 is required at all locations that have a daily paid operation. Please refer to signs posted as you enter parking facilities.

Event parking

A flat fee of $5.00 is required for parking in the West Parkade, East Parkade, East Surface and the Baker Street lots for special events.

Parking lots

Location Rate per hour or part thereof Payment required
West Parkade $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
East Surface Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Baker Street Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Macdonell Street Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Market Parkade $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (opens October 22, 2019)
Wyndham Street Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Other parking lot options

Location Payment required
East Parkade Permit parking only Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$2.00 flat rate on Saturdays except during events ($5.00 flat fee)
Free evening (5 p.m.–6 a.m.) and Sunday parking (except during events), maximum two hour
Fountain Street Lot Permit parking only Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free evening and weekend parking

Downtown on-street parking

Location Rate per hour or part thereof Payment required
Downtown Core Two hours free once per day Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Maximum of two hours, once per day
On-street meters at hospitals $2.00 Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Maximum two hours
  • Minimum purchase 50 cents
  • 30-minute courtesy time provided upon expiry of paid parking. 0:00 indicates courtesy period and : with no numbers showing indicates the courtesy period has expired
  • All meters take all coin (except pennies) and City of Guelph Parking tokens.

Private property meters (pay and display machines)

These parking lots are owned and controlled by the respective entities. Please read meters or pay and display machines for hours requiring payments, rates and maximum time limits.

How can we help you?
Request a downtown parking permit

2019 Parking permit fees

The City is implementing an increase to parking permit fees in 2019 to assist in balancing the increasing cost of maintaining lots and other parking infrastructure.

These rates will become effective on April 1, 2019.

There is no increase to hourly parking rates proposed at this time.

Monthly parking permit fees 2018 (tax included) 2019 (tax included) Change
East and West Parkades $106.01 $152.55 $46.54
Macdonell Street Lot $103.01 $152.55 $49.54
Market Parkade closed $158.20 n/a
Fountain Street Lot $66.00 $74.58 $8.58
Baker Street Lot $106.01 $152.55 $46.54
Neeve Street Lot $83.28 $113.00 $29.72
Farmers’ Market Lot $98.42 $113.00 $14.58
Wyndham Street Lot $113.38 $152.55 $39.17
Arthur Street Lot $60.58 $86.78 $26.20
Norwich Street Lot $45.43 $79.21 $33.78
Elizabeth St Lot $60.00 $67.80 $7.80
Cardigan Street Meters $63.61 $70.06 $6.45
Woolwich Street Meters $68.61 $70.06 $1.45
Farquhar Street Meters $75.72 $84.75 $9.03
Macdonell Residential $53.36 $67.80 $14.44
West Parkade Residential $53.36 $67.80 $14.44
Baker Street Meters $106.01 $113.00 $6.99
Surrey Street Time Exempt $66.00 $74.58 $8.58
Freshfield Street Time Exempt $75.00 $84.75 $9.75
Cardigan Street East Time Exempt $60.00 $67.80 $7.80
Farquhar Street East time Exempt $60.00 $67.80 $7.80

2019 other permit fees

Other permit fees  2018 (tax included) 2019 (tax included)
 Permit initial fee  $30.39 $39.55
 Permit administration fee  $68.68 $56.50
 Permit replacement  $34.34 $39.55

The purchase of monthly parking permits will also require:

  • Administrative fee
  • Initial fee to purchase permit or pass card
  • Replacement fee for permit or pass card

Parking permits are issued by availability.

Frequently asked questions

What do parking permit fees pay for?

Monthly parking permit fees are used to pay for the maintenance, operation and administration of parking facilities within the downtown.

Why are parking permit fees going up?

The change in parking fees reflects the Council approved new funding model to support the Downtown Parking Master Plan.