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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.
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.
The Calgary Parking Authority manages 6,541 on-street parking spaces and 8,050 stalls in surface lots and parkades, approximately 18% of all available paid parking stalls in Calgary.
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.
Market surveys are conducted approximately every six months 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.
Approximately 260,000 tags are issued yearly for parking violations. The largest number of tags, approximately 35 percent, are issued for parking without payment.
CPA is required to turn all revenues generated from parking tags to The City of Calgary's general fund. This money is used by The City in the interests of all taxpayers.