Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is not permitted on any city street and some of our municipal parking lots from December 1 to March 31 between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. whether it's snowing or not as per Traffic Bylaw 8021-04. This allows plows to clear snow effectively and with one pass reducing the cost of winter clearing.

Overnight Parking in Municipal Lots

Residential properties in downtown that do not have designated parking spaces are required to make use of municipal parking lots or make other arrangements. Vehicles may park in any of our lots after business hours for free from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Mondays to Saturdays and all day Sundays. Any vehicles parked during the day is require a purchase a pay and display ticket or a parking permit. View our map for parking lot locations. 

Overnight Parking From December 1 to March 31

The only municipal lots where overnight parking is permitted during the winter season are:

  • Market Centre Lot,
  • Brock Street Lot,
  • Light Street Lot,
  • Adelaide Street East Lot, and
  • Cole Walkway Lot. 

Signage will be provided noting which side of the parking lot you are required to park on throughout the week. Please read the signs carefully or you will receive a parking ticket for parking on the wrong side. For example, when you pull into one of the lots noted above on a Friday night, you must park on the Saturday designated side of the parking lot, as your vehicle will be parked between 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Saturday early morning.

Parking on City Streets

Vehicles cannot be parked for more than five consecutive hours on any city street unless otherwise posted. Residents/Landlords are responsible for making sure there is adequate parking to meet their parking needs when they purchase or rent a home.

Accommodating Additional Vehicles

If your property cannot currently accommodate additional vehicles, the zoning bylaw permits you to extend your driveway up to 50% of your front yard or exterior side yard may be used for a parking area with a driveway excavation permit; however it is prohibited for vehicles to be located in a sight triangle of an intersection. View our zoning bylaw  for more details. Please contact our Building Department to inquire if your property qualifies for a driveway expansion.

For overnight visitors please see our Temporary Parking page for additional information.

Overnight Parking Permit Exemption Eligibility

If your property has one parking space or less, you may qualify for an overnight parking permit. Also see additional criteria below for eligibility. Please note that garage space counts as parking spaces.

If your property currently has two or more parking spaces (including your garage space) you are not be eligible for an overnight parking exemption and will need to make other arrangements.  Please see accommodating additional vehicles above to see if you are able to extend your driveway.

Additional Criteria:

  • The City of Woodstock recognizes your property as a legal residential property,
  • The property doesn't have space to construct off-street parking spaces on a location and of a size in accordance with the zoning bylaw or has been refused approval to construct boulevard parking, and
  • You must provide proof of the number of vehicles owned by residents at the address.

Exemption permits will only be valid for side-streets and will not be issued for through-streets.



Overnight Parking Exemption Permit

If you meet the criteria above and you have one parking space or less, you may submit an overnight parking permit application for consideration. You may either email or drop off your application at the Engineering Department, 944 James Street, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A copy of ownerships for each vehicle addressed to the property is required along with your application. Only vehicles with a valid permit will be allowed to park on the street overnight if the exemption is granted.

Apply for an Exemption Permit



Issuing permits

Our Bylaw Department will review the application and property address to see if an exemption may be granted. Residents will be notified by phone whether a permit has been granted or not. Permits can be picked up at the Engineering Office. The permit will note the licence plate number of the vehicle and identify the street and side where the vehicle is to be parked.

If your application is denied, you may submit a letter asking for the application to be reviewed. You'll need to explain why you feel it should be approved to the City Engineer. The City Engineer reserves the right to approve or deny all requests.

Permit fees

Parking permits fee is $42.75 (taxes incl.) (December - March)

Permit holder responsibilities

If you receive a permit, it's your responsibility to ensure:

  • The permit is hanging from the rear view mirror with the permit number facing the windshield,
  • The permit is clearly visible to someone viewing from outside the vehicle, and
  • Your car is parked only on the designated street and on the approved side of the street.

If the permit is not hung properly or you are not parked in the correct areas a parking ticket will be issued.

Paying a parking ticket

The set fine for violating the overnight parking rule is $25. If you get a parking ticket, there are several ways you can pay it.

Report a problem

If you would like to report a parking bylaw violation, contact us.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
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