On-street parking reviews

Request an on-street parking review

Have concerns about on-street parking in your neighbourhood? You can contact Transportation Engineering staff at [email protected] to request a parking review to make changes.

The process

Once a resident contacts us we create a Service Request and get back to you with an acknowledgement in 1-2 business days to let you if we can do an on-street parking review for your street.

We then review the requests as per the City’s On-street parking policy and classify the review as either an operational request or convenience request. Both are explained below.

Operational requests include:

  • Parking along the front of a neighbourhood park
  • Parking along the inside curve of a residential street
  • Parking too close to an intersection
  • On-street parking where the road is not wide enough to permit emergency vehicle access (road widths less than 8.4 metres)

Public engagement is not required for operational requests since these are related to safety issues. Once a decision to change on-street parking for operational reasons is made we mail out a notification letter to immediately affected property owners and make any necessary changes to street signs or amendments to the Traffic Bylaw after the notice is sent.

Convenience requests include:

  • Requests to remove parking on a local road from one side of the street because two vehicles cannot pass each other and there is enough road width to permit emergency vehicle access
  • Change in on-street parking restrictions, such as implementing a 2 hour parking restriction
  • Restricting parking opposite a driveway to allow an easier way to exit adjacent properties
  • Requests to prohibit parking in order to discourage long-term parking on a street
  • Addition of on-street parking where it was previously prohibited, as long as it is not violating an operational factor (list above) or bylaw

For convenience requests, we send out a survey to immediately affected property owners to determine if there is enough support for the request. In order for the City to support the request, 51 per cent of property owners who were issued the survey must be in favour of the request. Property owners have 15 business days to respond to the survey. Once the survey is completed, we tally the results and share them with property owners. If the request is supported, we will move forward with the on-street parking change. If the request is not supported, no further action is required and we will close the file.

Important considerations

On-street parking reviews must consider all current relevant documents in order to provide a recommendation. These documents include, but are not limited to, the City’s Official Plan and Cycling Master Plan, Ontario Traffic Manual books and any new or updated regulations, standards or guidelines.

On-street parking rules in Guelph

As per the City’s Traffic Bylaw a person cannot stop or park a vehicle:

  • In front of, or within 1 metre (3.3 feet), of a public or private driveway or laneway
  • Within 3 metres (9.8 feet) of a fire hydrant
  • Within an intersection, roundabout or pedestrian crossover
  • Within 15 metres (49.2 feet) of any intersection (signalized or non-signalized) or trail crossing
  • Within 15 metres (49.2 feet) of a railway crossing
  • on any road for over 48 consecutive hours

Who to call about a parking violation

Residents can request enforcement of any existing parking restriction or any of the above regulations by calling Bylaw staff at 519-837-2529.

For more information

Transportation Engineering
519-822-1260 extension 3414
[email protected]