RPP Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a parking permit to park on the street in my area?

Communities may ask for residential parking restrictions to protect their communities from excessive parking in the area. The residents of the community petition through Traffic Operations to have their area restricted. City Council must approve the creation of new zones. If you are a resident in the area you must then display your parking permits to park on the affected streets. The Calgary Parking Authority issues over 27,000 residential parking permits each year.

Can I get a temporary residential parking permit until I am able to change my out-of-province registration?

A three-month temporary permit is available while you change your address and registration. You must provide a current out-of-province registration and official proof-of-residence in Calgary within the required parking zone. Handwritten receipts or letters are not accepted.

When do I renew my residential permit?

Permits must be renewed yearly. The expiry date is printed on the permit. Permits may be renewed starting the beginning of the month preceding the expiry month, e.g. expiry date of October 31, permits available September 1.

Can my visitors park in a residential parking permit zone?

Visitor permits are valid within the block of the address listed on the permit. These permits are not valid in ParkPlus zones or where other parking restrictions apply.

What should I do with the residential parking permit if I move from the area?

Remove the permit from your vehicle and return it to the Calgary Parking Authority in person or by mail. Leave any visitor permits at the residence.

What should I do with the residential parking permit if I sell my vehicle?

Remove the permit and return it to the Calgary Parking Authority. If you are purchasing another vehicle, you may obtain a permit for the new vehicle with the updated vehicle registration. Apply in person, by fax, by email or by mail.

Can I use residential parking and visitor permits in ParkPlus zones or in restricted parking zones?

No; the residential parking permits are not valid in ParkPlus zones, in No Stopping zones, or other restricted areas such as loading zones, handicap zones or school no parking areas.

Why can't I get visitor permits for my apartment?

Visitor permits will not be issued for apartment buildings because on-street spaces are limited and will not accommodate the large number of stalls required for each individual apartment. Issuing visitor permits to each apartment would create the same parking problems the permit is trying to solve.

Where do I place the permit and are there any conditions for use?

Apply the permit to the inside driver's side bottom corner of the rear window. If the rear window is tinted, place the permit in the driver's side of the front window in the bottom corner.

You cannot sell, trade, give away or allow any person to use your permit. This is in accordance with City of Calgary By-Law #26M96.