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Winnipeg Parking By-law comes into effect September 1, 2016

A new streamlined consolidated parking by-law comes into effect on September 1, 2016.  The new Winnipeg Parking By-Law creates a point of reference for citizens to find most parking regulations. It also addresses changes that have occurred in the City, its traffic patterns and developments in technology.

For most residents and drivers in Winnipeg, some notable provisions are:

  • The ability to pay for 30 additional minutes of parking after the initial maximum paid parking limit has expired.
  • The ability to obtain a Temporary Recreational Vehicle (“RV”) Permit to allow parking for up to 3 days, rather than the previous one hour limit.
  • The requirement to move your vehicle to a different block once the maximum allowable time posted expires.
  • Making the rules about the number, type and location of vehicles parked on residential properties a parking offence as well as a zoning violation. This allows enforcement by the WPA in addition to other by-law enforcement officers in the City.
  • A change that requires street work signs to be posted 24 hours in advance of scheduled street work to allow greater advance notice to the general public.
  • A requirement that vehicles parked on a street cannot be connected to an electrical cord or wire that crosses the edge of the street.

Preview the new Winnipeg Parking By-law.

Winnipeg Parking By-law FAQ

Q. Why a consolidated by-law?
A. Parking regulations were previously contained in a number of different City of Winnipeg by-laws. Consolidating most of them into one main by-law makes it easier for citizens to understand the rules. It also allows for the provisions, some of which were written as long ago as 1974, to be updated to reflect the current situation.

Q. Why a 30 minute extension to metered parking?
A. The WPA hears from many people who advised that they were just a few minutes late returning to their vehicle. By allowing a short extension of time, this provides an additional level of service to customers while still maintaining a time limit to ensure turnover of the on-street spaces.

Q. How do I add a 30 minute extension to my on-street parking?
A. Once the maximum amount of parking time has expired and you require an extension, you can either purchase time on the pay station for an additional 30 minutes or you can extend your parking by 30 minutes using the Pay by Phone app.

Q. Why create a Temporary RV permit?
A. Previously, the Traffic By-law prohibited parking an RV on the street for more than one hour. This new permit will allow RV owners to park their RV's for up to three days.

Q. Why limit the amount of time on a block in a day?
A. This provision is to encourage turnover of spaces and create greater availability of on-street parking.

Q. Why have the rules around street work signs changed?
A. Previously, the By-Law allowed street work to take place after as little as six hours after signs were posted in some circumstances. In other circumstances, a minimum of 12 hours of notice was required. The new by-law requires that signs must be posted 24 hours in advance of scheduled street work to give the public more notice.

Q. Why the inclusion of Part 4 (vehicles on residential properties)?
A. These are the same provisions as those found in the Zoning By-law. By duplicating them here and allowing the WPA to issue offence notices to vehicles, it expands the ability of the City to respond to situations where large numbers of vehicles are present on a residential property. Note that normal pickup trucks are considered passenger vehicles for the purpose of the by-laws.

Q. What are the provisions relating to an altered permit all about?
A. Our officers sometimes encounter altered disability permits being used to obtain preferential parking which prevents those who actually need these spaces from using them. This provision creates a specific offence around that action and allows for a fine commensurate with the seriousness of such an offence.

Q. Weren’t you always able to park in an alley?
A. No. The Traffic by-law prohibited parking in an alley at all times. The Winnipeg Parking by-law provides a 15 minute time limit to load and unload a vehicle in an alley. This is meant to address the reality that many businesses receive shipments and deliveries via their alley entrances.

Q. Why did the rules around extension cords need to be clarified?
A. Safety hazards are posted when extension cords extend across sidewalks and roadways. Although this was always prohibited, the old by-law provision forced the City to try to prove who had place the extension cord. The new by-law makes vehicle owners responsible for any extension cords that are connected to parked vehicles on the roadway.

Last update: August 31, 2016