Complimentary one-hour parking and temporary loading zones ended
One-hour complimentary parking offered at all metered locations in Winnipeg from Monday to Friday has ended effective December 31, 2021. Temporary 15-minute loading zones that were established around Downtown and the Exchange District have also ended effective December 31, 2021.
Two-hour complimentary parking will continue to be available on Saturdays for on-street paid parking locations. There is no requirement to pay for on-street parking on Sundays or Statutory Holidays. More information is available at The Parking Store – Metered Payment Methods.
Le stationnement gratuit de une heure et les zones de chargement temporaires ne sont désormais plus offerts
L’offre de une heure de stationnement gratuit, du lundi au vendredi, dans toutes les places minutées de Winnipeg, n’est plus valable à partir du 31 décembre 2021. Les zones de chargement temporaires de 15 minutes qui étaient établies autour du centre-ville et du quartier de la Bourse ne sont également plus offertes à compter du 31 décembre 2021.
On continuera d’offrir deux heures de stationnement gratuit les samedis dans les places payantes sur rue. Il n’est pas nécessaire de payer pour stationner dans la rue le dimanche et les jours fériés. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont offerts à Magasin de la Direction du stationnement – Méthodes de paiement aux parcomètres.
Authority relating to the approval for installation and/or removal of residential and commercial loading zones has been delegated from the Department of Public Works to the Winnipeg Parking Authority. Requests for loading zones to service school student drop-off and pick-up must be submitted to the Transportation Division of the Department of Public Works.
The provision of a loading zone restricts the availability of on-street parking for general use. As a result, when loading zone requests are considered, the needs of the general street user for on-street parking will be balanced against the needs of specific users/property owners for loading zones.
Loading zones will not be installed where there is already a pre-existing parking restriction such as 'No Parking' or a rush hour route.
While a loading zone may be requested by a resident of a specific address, the loading zone will not be for the exclusive use of any particular address. Loading zones, as they are located in the public right-of-way, may be used by the general public for actively loading or unloading for the maximum time allowed under the Winnipeg Parking By-law or posted on the sign, whichever is greater.
Should a vehicle be parked in a loading zone for a longer period of time than allowed, any citizen can contact 311 to request that parking enforcement review the usage to ensure that the loading zone is being used for the intended purpose. Enforcement response times can vary depending on the time of day and available resources. When enforcement reviews a reported misuse of a loading zone, the reported vehicle will be ‘chalked’ and, should it still be in place after the allowed time for that loading zone, a penalty notice may be issued. Unless the vehicle presents a hazard to traffic safety, it will not normally be towed.
Residential loading zones will normally be signed as a general loading zone, even if intended for the use of a resident with a valid SMD permit. If a loading zone is signed as a designated disabled loading zone, it may only be used by vehicles displaying a valid Provincial or State Disability Parking permit. Any vehicle in a designated disabled loading zone not displaying a valid permit will be issued a penalty notice. As with other loading zones, it is not for the exclusive use of any one individual.
Residential Loading Zones
Residential loading zones may be installed to accommodate disabled persons being picked up by Winnipeg Transit Plus or an individual where loading is not available through a driveway or back property. The following guidelines should be followed:
- Submission of a service request through 311.
- Loading zone requests must include either a Manitoba Possible (formerly SMD) permit number or a Winnipeg Transit Plus client number with recorded incidences. The WPA will contact Winnipeg Transit Plus for confirmation of recorded incidences.
- The request must be made by the owner of the property, or their legal representative, in front of which the loading zone is requested.
- Approval of residential loading zones will normally only be for those time periods where loading is required.
- Residential loading zones are normally 7 - 12 metres in length.
- If the loading zone exceeds the length of property frontage, the applicant will require a letter of approval from the neighbouring property owner.
Commercial Loading Zones
Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Loading Zones will only be considered for approval upon request from a specific business. Commercial requests can be made by submission of a service request through 311.
Guidelines for Commercial Installation
- Loading zones will not be installed where a public lane is present that provides reasonable access unless the loading can only occur on the fronting street;
- Loading zones will not be installed if the premises already makes use of a loading dock or bay;
- Loading zones will be part-time and will not exceed business hours of operation
- No more than one loading zone will normally be installed on any given block unless it can be clearly shown that a single loading zone is not functional.
Commercial loading zones are installed subject to actual cost recovery (including overhead costs) as adopted by City Council:
- Applicants will be provided and agreed to an estimate of all costs associated with the signing installation;
- Requests to adjust the location or time of loading zones will be considered as a new application and dealt with accordingly;
- Upon completion of the signage installation, the Traffic Services division of the Department of Public Works will bill the applicant;
- There is no charge for the removal of a loading zone.