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Understanding Parking in Saskatoon

The rules and regulations surrounding parking in Saskatoon are governed by provincial legislation, Traffic Bylaw 7200, Residential Parking Program Bylaw 7862 and Impounding Bylaw 8640.  Here are some tips to better understand parking in Saskatoon and avoid getting a ticket.

1.  Watch for and follow directions on signs.

Signage around the city indicates where public parking is (and is not) allowed, for how long and which areas require payment.  Look for signs indicating:

  • Pay Parking Areas:  You must pay for parking in areas marked as "Pay Parking Zone".  Payment can be made at a FlexParking pay station or by using the WayToPark app.  
  • Maximum Parking Times:  Parking in pay parking areas, in some residential areas, and in Loading Zones is limited to a maximum amount of time in one space, depending on the location.  If you have reached the time limit posted for the area but need more time, move your vehicle to another block face, e.g. around the corner or across the street.  Moving one or two spaces over is not acceptable.
  • No Parking Areas:  Some areas prohibit on-street parking to ensure continuous traffic flow or to facilitate City-authorized activities.  Do not park your vehicle in a space marked as a:
    • No Parking or No Stopping area
    • Bus Stop
    • Bike lane 
  • Disabled Parking Areas:  Marked disabled parking stalls are for disabled drivers and passengers only.  Vehicles without a valid Disabled Parking Placard issued by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council are not permitted to park in these areas under any circumstance.  

2.  Ensure license plate information is entered fully and correctly when purchasing parking.

Please ensure you have entered the correct license plate information when paying for parking at a FlexParking station or when using the WayToPark app.  If you make a mistake before confirming the session, just hit the cancel button and start again. Parking Enforcement Officers cannot search for a similar plate number or verify your payment with the wrong information.  It is your responsibility to enter your plate number correctly. 

3.  Be aware of the difference between no parking and no stopping.  
  • No Parking: Vehicles can only stop briefly to drop someone off or pick someone up in this zone.  You may not park your vehicle and wait for someone.  
  • No Stopping:  Vehicles must not stop here for any reason, including dropping off or picking up passengers.  You may only stop here to obey traffic signals or signs, for emergency personnel, traffic flow or due to an emergency.    

4.  Leave bus stops open for buses.  

At no time can vehicles stop in signed "Bus Stop" zones.  These spaces are required for transit buses to safely drop off and pick up passengers.

5.  Don't park in alleys or on private property.

No vehicle can park in an alley or on a private parking area (except with the consent of the owner).

6.  Leave designated accessibility spots for people with a SaskAbilities Placard.

Only those with a valid Disabled Parking Placard issued by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council may park in these spaces.  Illegally parking in these spots leaves those who need them without access to their destination.  

7.  Keep all fire hydrants accessible.  

You can help the Fire Department save lives and property by not parking in front of fire hydrants.  Your vehicle should be at least 1 metre from the centre of the hydrant.

8.  Pay attention to curbs, corners and driveways.

To ensure that everyone parks in a way that is safe, respectful and does not block the flow of traffic, the Traffic Bylaw requires that parallel parked vehicles must be:

  • At least 10 metres from a corner or intersection
  • At least one metre from a private driveway or alley
  • At least one metre from the point where a fire hydrant intersects with a curb
  • Within 300 mm from the curb 
  • Facing the direction of the flow of traffic 

9.  Respect parking time limits.

Parking durations are often limited to a maximum amount of time as indicated on signs.

  • Parking in Residential Areas:  Vehicles may be parked on any city street for up to 72 hours, except as otherwise indicated by a sign or provided for in the Traffic Bylaw. Vehicles displaying a parking permit, such as a Residential Parking Permit or Disability Permit, must observe the 72 hour time limit as well.
  • Over-length Vehicles:  Vehicles longer than 6 metres are not allowed to park in a pay parking zone and, with the exception of recreational vehicles, may only park for up to an hour on a residential street.  
  • Recreational Vehicles:  Recreational vehicles may not be parked on a residential city street for more than 36 hours and must be removed from all city streets for at least 48 hours prior to being parked again.

10.  Register your vehicle and store it off-street.

Unregistered vehicles parked in public spaces (including on the street) will be towed and impounded.  Remember to register your vehicle on time and have the license plate visible.

Remember that even registered vehicles cannot be parked on the street for more than 72 hours at a time.  Be sure to store your vehicle off-street if you are going to be away any longer.

 If in doubt, ask!  Call Parking Services at 306-975-2548 or send us an email if you are unsure about where or how to park your vehicle.