Calgary Parking manages the on-street parking for The City of Calgary, including payment services and enforcement.
Why is there Paid On-Street Parking?
Paid parking is more efficient: because it encourages parkers to look at all choices. Long-stay parkers have incentives to choose surface lots and parkades which are more suited to that type of use. For example, it encourages employees to park in free or low-cost off-street lots, which frees up the more convenient curbside parking for customers.
Paid parking is more reliable: By allowing the parking to run more efficiently, more spaces are available more often, ensuring that customers can find a space when they choose to visit.
Paid parking supports businesses: Improving reliability and creating better availability for customers helps to ensure that people who want to visit an area are not driven away from the area due to lack of parking availability.
On-street Parking Pricing Areas
There is on-street parking in 27 parking pricing areas throughout the city, with rates varying depending on the time period. Within the pricing areas, there are several parking zone numbers, which is what is entered when paying for parking.
Click here for a pdf of the pricing area map and rates.
On-street Parking Rates
Each year on-street rates are assessed and adjusted based on occupancy of the prior year (see History of Demand Based Parking below). In 2023, 130 out 143 pricing area rates decreased, with four areas now being free. No on-street rates increased for 2023.
For current rates of all pricing areas, please click here.
Please note that during certain time periods, on-street paid parking is not required. This may include free parking, no stopping, time restrictions, etc and may vary by zone.
Tip: Always watch for signs indicating no stopping and no parking zones.
Information on pricing in specific zones is also available on the MyParking App.
On-street Parking Hours
Monday to Friday: 0700 to 1800
Saturdays: 0900 to 1800
Sundays + Holidays: No charge
Evenings after 1800: No charge
Holidays with no charge for on-street parking: New Year's Day, Alberta Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday/Heritage Day, Labour Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (December 26).
Determining On-street Parking Rates
The Calgary Parking Authority’s on-street rates are assessed and adjusted annually based on The City of Calgary’s Commercial On-Street Parking Policy.
In May 2013, City Council approved a new on-street parking policy. As of July 1, on-street parking pricing is based on demand and paid parking is divided into 27 pricing areas.
As of January 2014, on-street rates are reviewed annually using ParkPlus System data. Rates are adjusted by a maximum of $0.25 per year according to demand. Specifically:
Demand based pricing helps ensure on-street parking is managed in a more consistent, transparent, fair and equitable manner. It is currently used by other major cities such as San Francisco.