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. People without a valid government issued disabled parking placard 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. Much like a password, your plate number must be entered correctly for the system to verify your payment.
3. Know the difference between 'No Parking' and 'No Stopping'.
- No Parking: Vehicles can only stop briefly to load or unload. 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.
4. Park safely in school zones.
Children's safety is paramount. To help ensure clear sightlights for drivers and students, please obey signage and park only in authorized areas.
5. Do not park in an alley.
Do not park in an alley unless your vehicle is being actively loaded or unloaded and is not blocking traffic.
6. Leave accessible parking spaces for people with a disability.
People without a valid government issued disabled parking permit are not allowed to park in or use these areas under any circumstance. Permits must be clearly displayed in vehicles.
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, driveways and fire hydrants.
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 parked vehicles must be:
- 10 metres from a corner with or without a painted crosswalk
- 15 metres from a pedestrian corridor unless there are signs indicating otherwise
- One metre from a driveway or alley
- One metre from the centre of a fire hydrant
- Within 30 centimetres from the curb
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 Disabled Parking Permit, must also observe the 72 hour time limit.
- Over-length Vehicles: Units longer than six metres are not allowed to park in a pay parking zone and, with the exception of recreational vehicles, may only park unattended for up to an hour on a residential street.
- Recreational Vehicles: Recreational vehicles cannot be parked on a residential street for more than 36 hours and must be removed from all streets for at least 48 hours prior to being parked again.
10. Get to know your neighbours.
Most parking issues in residential areas can be resolved by neighbours discussing the problem and working toward a mutually beneficial solution for all involved. Remember, the street in front of your house does not belong to you.