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

Wilson Street Lot – closed for construction until 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.
Wilson Street Lot (closed for construction) (closed for construction)
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.

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 $21.64. Parking in an underutilized lot can add up to valuable savings!

How can we help you?
Request a downtown parking permit

2018 Parking permit fees

The City is implementing a five per cent (5%) increase to parking permit fees in 2018 to assist in balancing the increasing cost of maintaining lots and other parking infrastructure.

These rates will became effective on February 1, 2018.

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

Monthly parking permit fees 2017 (tax included) 2018 (tax included) Change
 Arthur Street Lot $57.70 $60.58 $2.88
 Baker Street Lot $100.95 $106.01 $5.06
 Baker Street meters $100.95 $106.01 $5.06
 Cardigan Street East time exempt $57.70 $60.58 $2.88
 Cardigan Street meters $60.58 $63.61 $3.03
 East and West Parkade $100.95 $106.01 $5.06
 Farmers’ Market Lot $93.73 $98.42 $4.69
 Farquhar Street East time exempt $57.70 $60.58 $2.88
 Farquhar Street meters $72.12 $75.72 $3.60
 Freshfield Street time exempt $72.12 $75.72 $3.60
 Macdonell Street Lot $100.95 $106.01 $5.06
Neeve Street Lot $79.31 $83.28 $3.97
 Norwich Street Lot $43.27 $45.43 $2.16
 Surrey Street time exempt (East and West) $64.88 $68.13 $3.25
 Wilson Street Lot $100.95 closed n/a
 Woolwich Street meters $60.58 $68.61 $8.03
 Wyndham Street Lot $108.16 $113.38 $5.22
 Residential (Baker Street, Macdonell Street, West parkade and  Wilson Street) $50.82 $53.36 $2.54

2018 other permit fees

Other permit fees  (Tax included)
 Permit deposit (not tax for original)  $30.39
 Permit administration fee  $68.68
 Permit deposit (replacement)  $34.34

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