About the CPA - General FAQs

What is the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA)?

The Calgary Parking Authority manages and operates public parking facilities for The City of Calgary. In addition, CPA is responsible for the residential parking permit program and the parking enforcement program.

How was the CPA established?

City Council passed a by-law in 1968 establishing the Calgary Parking Authority to develop and operate public parking facilities on behalf of The City of Calgary. The Authority reports to City Council through the Board of Directors. In 1994, responsibility for Parking Enforcement transferred to CPA from Calgary Police Services and management of the Impound Lot was transferred to CPA. Revenue generated by CPA is returned as a dividend to The City each year.

How many parking spaces does CPA manage?

The Calgary Parking Authority manages 6,689 on-street parking spaces and 10,685 stalls in surface lots and parkades, approximately 14% of all available paid parking stalls in Calgary.

Is the CPA planning to add more parking spaces to the downtown core?

The current City Transportation Plan approved by City Council limits the amount of long-stay (all day commuter) parking in the Downtown area. The intention is to limit the amount of long-stay parking in favor of increased transit or alternative transportation use. While the overall number of parking spaces will increase with continued development of office space, fewer spaces will be designated for long-stay parking. 

How does the CPA set the parking rates for surface lots and parkades?

Market surveys are conducted approximately every quarter to determine the market value of parking stalls. The CPA rates are set according to market value. Rates rise or fall according to the supply and demand for parking stalls.

What are the Calgary Parking Authority Holiday hours of operation?

On-street pay machines remain in effect with the exceptions of: New Year's Day, Alberta Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Please note: Our administrative office is closed on the above stated statutory holidays, with the exception of the Parking Enforcement dispatch office, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Is it possible to obtain monthly parking from CPA in the downtown core?

Yes, you can sign up for monthly parking by setting up a myID account with The City of Calgary This account allows you to access many City of Calgary resources and services using one account. Click here to get started. Find out more information about monthly parking on this website by visiting www.calgaryparking.com/web/guest/monthlyparking.  

Do you accept Visa debit cards for parking payment?

You can use Visa debit cards for payment via the Virtual Pay Machine or to add money to your ParkPlus cell phone account. You can also use your Visa Checkout account to pay online. The ParkPlus pay machines do not accept Visa debit cards due to security reasons. At a pay machine, you can make payment using either coins or a credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AMEX).

Does my Monthly Transit Parking pass cover downtown on-street parking?

No, your Monthly Transit Parking pass is ONLY for the Calgary Transit parking lots. You still are required to pay for parking downtown.