Downtown parking

Parking rates

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).

Downtown on-street parking – free, time restricted and permit options.

Free on-street parking in the downtown core: maximum of two hours, once per day; Monday through Saturday,  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Refer to map.

Time restricted and permit parking south of the downtown  core.

Pay your parking by phone

To offset increases in operational costs in 2016, the City has approved a 5 per cent parking permit increase, effective February 1, 2016  and a 25 cent hourly parking rate increase effective March 1, 2016.

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.

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Parking lots

Google map of downtown parking lots

Parking lot rates, effective March 1, 2016
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.
Wilson Street Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wyndham Street Lot $2.00 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Other parking lot options

Parking lot rates, effective March 1, 2016
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

Downtown on-street parking, effective March 1, 2016
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
Farquhar Street and
Fountain Street Meters
$2.00 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Maximum two hours
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.

Monthly Parking Permits – Walk a little, save a lot!

The monthly permit cost of parking in the Neeve Street lot compared to the Macdonell Street lot will save you $20.37. Parking in an underutilized lot can add up to valuable savings!

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2016 parking permit fees

The City is implementing a five percent (5%) increase to parking permit fees in 2016 to assist in balancing the increasing cost of maintaining lots and other parking infrastructure.

These rates will become effective on February 1, 2016.

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

Monthly parking permit fees 2015 (tax included) 2016 (tax included) Change
 Arthur Street Lot  $52.33 $54.95  $2.62
 Baker Street Lot  $91.58 $96.15  $4.57
 Baker Street Meters  $91.58 $96.15  $4.37
 Cardigan Street East time exempt  $52.33 $54.95  $2.62
 Cardigan Street Meters  $54.95 $57.70  $2.75
 East & West Parkade  $91.58 $96.15  $4.57
 Farmers’ Market Lot  $85.02 $89.27  $4.19
 Farquhar Street East time exempt  $52.33 $54.95  $2.62
 Farquhar Street Meters  $65.42 $68.68  $3.26
 Freshfield Street time exempt  $65.42 $68.68  $3.26
 Macdonell Street Lot  $91.58 $96.15  $4.57
 Neeve Street Lot  $72.17 $75.78  $3.61
 Norwich Street Lot  $39.24 $41.21  $1.97
 Surrey Street time exempt (East & West)  $58.86 $61.80  $2.94
 Wilson Street Lot  $91.58 $96.15  $4.57
 Woolwich Street Meters  $54.95 $57.70  $2.75
 Wyndham Street Lot  $98.11 $103.01  $4.90
 Residential (Baker Street, Macdonell Street, West parkade and  Wilson Street)  $48.40 $50.82  $2.42

2016 other permit fees

Other permit fees  (Tax included)
 Permit deposit (not tax for original)  $28.94
 Permit administration fee  $65.42
 Permit deposit (replacement)  $32.70

Residential parking at Baker Lot, Wilson Lot, MacDonnell Lot and West Parkade is $50.82 per month, certain conditions or restrictions apply.

The purchase of monthly parking permits will also require:

  • Administrative fee
  • Refundable deposit for 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 five percent (5%) increase in monthly parking fees will offset the increasing maintenance, operation and administration costs of managing parking facilities within the downtown.