Parking

Downtown parking sign

The City of Peterborough enforces parking restrictions in Peterborough 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The parking restrictions may or may not be signed.

Holiday parking: during the month of December, the City of Peterborough offers two hours of free parking at all downtown municipal parking spaces, sponsored by Wolfe Lawyers. Any voluntary payment of parking fees during the free two-hour period will be donated to Kawartha Food Share. 

Paying parking tickets

Parking tickets can be paid online, by mail or in person at City Hall.

Pay parking tickets online

For more information on parking tickets/Penalty Notices, please visit our Administrative Monetary Penalty System page.

Park smart… know the rules

You can review the list of parking infractions shown at the end of this page to see the types of parking tickets. The Parking By-Law provides details about where and when parking is permitted on city streets.

Report a parking concern

Important parking rules

  1. If there are no signs, parking is permitted for a maximum of three hours on Peterborough streets, 24 hours a day.
  2. No parking or stopping at any time in a No Stopping zone or within ten metres (394 inches) of an intersection. For safety and visibility reasons, signs will be posted at some intersections that require up to thirty metres (1181 inches).  
  3. Bus Stops are only for authorized buses. No parking of any vehicle is allowed.
  4. Vehicle must be parked at least three metres (118 inches) from a fire hydrant.
  5. Vehicle must be parked at least two metre (78 inches) from a driveway or laneway.
  6. Do not park on any portion of a sidewalk.
  7. Accessible parking spaces require a visible valid Provincial Permit. Parking fees must be paid.
  8. Commercial Loading Zones are for Commercial Motor Vehicles only, with a 15 minute limit, while engaged in the loading or unloading of goods.
  9. Do not park a vehicle with wheels further than 15 centimetres from the curb or on the wrong side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
  10. No overnight parking is permitted on any street from December 1 to April 1, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Parking downtown

There are more than 2,000 public parking spaces within walking distance to some of the best restaurants, shopping experiences, culture, and entertainment in downtown Peterborough. The Downtown Parking Map details your parking options and we also have a simplified parking map below to help when you're looking for surface lots and garages.

Free two-hour parking is available in all downtown municipal parking spaces from November 25 to December 31, 2022, sponsored by Wolfe Lawyers. 

 View our downtown parking map
 Map of downtown parking locations

There are many bike racks around the downtown area for those who prefer to cycle. We offer covered bike parking at the Transit Terminal.

Monthly parking passes available (currently sold out)

Monthly parking passes are available at the parking garages, Rehill lot and Del Crary lot. You can purchase monthly passes for the Simcoe Street Parking Garage at the on-site kiosk. For all other monthly passes, purchase them at the King Street Parkade kiosk or security office. 

 Parking rates
Parking Rates
 Location Access Max. time Hourly  Daily max. Monthly
Metered on-street parking

n/a

2 hours

$1.50

None

n/a

Brock Lot

190 Brock St.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

n/a

Chambers Lot

184 Hunter St. W.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

n/a

Del Crary Lot

100 George St. N.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

$46

Downie Lot

336 Downie St.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

n/a

Gas Lot

70 Simcoe St.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

n/a

Hospital Drive

Hospital Dr.

30 min.

$0.75

n/a

n/a

King Street Parkade

202 King St.

24 hours

$1.75

$12.50

$100

Reid Lot

350 Reid St.

24 hours

$1.50

$10.50

n/a

Rehill Lot

210 Wolfe St.

24 hours

Pass only

Pass only

$46

Simcoe Street Garage

190 Simcoe St.

24 hours

$1.75

$12.50

$85

More about parking downtown

On-street parking downtown

You can park on-street for a maximum of 2 hours and pay using a metre or a pay and display machine with coins. You can also pay using the HotSpot App with credit or debit.

HotSpot Parking App

The HotSpot Parking App is available in Peterborough at all meters and Pay and Display Machines. The HotSpot Parking App has a monthly or annual fee for the convenience of paying for parking on a mobile device. Hard copy parking tickets are still issued. They are not issued through the mobile app.

HotSpot gives you more convenience when parking by:

  • A notification of when your meter is going to expire
  • The ability to add more time to your parking spot (up to the maximum time limit)
  • A code for the area you parked in
  • You do not have to use the mobile app in order to pay, standard methods of payment for parking remain unchanged
  • Parking is free evenings, weekends, and statutory holidays. HotSpot will not process payment during these times
  • The App allows you to end your parking session at any time and get a refund for the remaining time.
  • HotSpot collects revenue from monthly and annual fees; they do not receive a percentage of the meter revenue. This new technology has no cost to the municipality. 

If you experience a problem with the HotSpot app, you can contact HotSpot directly 1-855-712-5888.

Simcoe Parking Garage payment system

In August 2022, a new automated parking control system was activated in the Simcoe Parking Garage. This system includes gates controlling entry and exit from the garage. The new system will provide customers with a number of options to pay for their parking.

Customers need to have their ticket validated before exiting the parking garage. Validated tickets are inserted into the machine at the exit, which will raise the gate arm for the vehicle to leave the parking garage.

Customers can pay by debit or credit card at the machine at the exit by inserting their ticket at the exit gate.

There are also payment machines located in the parking garage where customers can pay for their parking before proceeding to the exit gate. Customers using this option are advised to pay for their parking as they return to their vehicle before departing the parking garage. There is a 15-minute period provided after validating a ticket to allow customers to return to their vehicles and proceed to the exit gate.

New signs are being installed to guide customers to pay stations, which are fully accessible.

To pay by cash, customers insert their ticket at the pay station located on the lower level by the elevators and the walkway to the transit platform. This station also accepts payment by debit or credit.

There is also a new pay station on Level 2A, near the rear stairwell, that accepts only debit or credit for paying for parking and validating parking tickets prior to exit.

Customers can also pay for their parking using their HotSpot account and HotSpot readers are provided on all pay stations for customers to activate the gates using their phones.

Monthly pass holders will be issued a new proximity card or be able to obtain an RFID tag to install on their windshields, which will automatically open the gates upon entry and exit from the garage, as long as their monthly permit is active and is renewed prior to the start of the next month. There will be a deposit required for the new proximity cards or RFID tags, which will be refunded when the customer no longer requires a monthly parking pass. Parking staff will be reaching out to current monthly pass holders to arrange for issuing the new cards or customers can call the Parking Division at 705-742-7777 ext. 2802 to purchase a monthly parking pass.

Where to park overnight

Free overnight parking is permitted at all City parking lots, King Street Parkade and Simcoe Parking Garage. Vehicles parked overnight at either parking garage can obtain a gate arm ticket upon entry to the garage to be used for a free transit ride home.

When parking downtown is free

Parking is free evenings after 6 p.m., weekends and statutory holidays. The first hour at the King Street Parkade and Simcoe Garage is always free.

Accessible parking spaces

Accessible parking spaces require a valid Provincial Accessible Parking Permit clearly displayed while parked. Those without a valid permit will be fined $300. There are accessible parking spaces along the streets and in all public parking lots and garages. All spaces are marked with signs and street parking spaces also have blue meters. Payment is required.

Parking in winter

Winter parking rules

From December 1 to April 1, parking is prohibited on all City streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. The fine for a violation is $25.

No parking and snowstorms

When snow-clearing operations are taking place, no parking or stopping of a vehicle is permitted on any city street. Snow-clearing usually takes place between midnight and 8 a.m. The fine is $80 and your vehicle will be towed away. Vehicles north of Parkhill Road will be towed to Milroy Park, 242 Milroy Dr. Vehicles south of Parkhill Road will be towed to Morrow Park, 171 Lansdowne St. W. A public service announcement will be made to advise that vehicles must be removed from city streets throughout the day and/or evening.

Vehicles must be picked up within 24 hours. All unclaimed vehicles will be towed to an impound yard at the owners expense.

Fines for parking tickets

The following are the fines for parking infractions in the City. Payment of tickets is required to renew your driver's license. Parking tickets can be paid online or at locations listed on the back of the ticket.

 Parking infractions and fines

Parking infractions and fines
Set fines item Infraction By-Law reference Set fine

1

Parked at angle other than 90 degrees

4.2

$25

2

Parked not completely within parking space

4.3(a)

$25

3

Occupy more than one parking space

4.3(b)

$25

4

Obstructing aisle

4.3(c]

$25

5

Parked with right wheels more than 15 cm from curb

4.8

$25

6

Parked with right wheels more than 15 cm from roadway

4.9

$25

7

Parked left wheels more than 15 cm from curb

4.10

$25

8

Parked left wheels more than 15 cm from roadway

4.11

$25

9

Stopped on sidewalk

4.13

$30

10

Stopped within intersection/crosswalk

4.14

$30

11

Stopped within 10 m of crosswalk

4.15

$30

12

Stopped so as to interfere with traffic

4.16

$30

13

Stopped so as to interfere with snow clearing

4.17

$80

14

Stopped so as to interfere with highway cleaning

4.18

$30

15

Stopped alongside other stopped vehicle

4.19

$30

16

Stopped on bridge/tunnel/underpass

4.20

$30

17

Stopped on median

4.21

$30

18

Stopped along excavation/obstruction impede traffic

4.22

$30

19

Stopped near intersection pedestrian signal

4.23

$30

20

Stopped where prohibited in school area

4.24

$30

21

Stopped near school crossing

4.25

$30

22

Parked on or over boulevard

4.26

$25

23

Parked within 2 m of driveway

4.27

$25

24

Parked to obstruct driveway

4.28

$25

25

Parked within 3 m of fire hydrant

4.29

$25

26

Stopped within 10 m of intersection

4.30

$30

27

Stopped within 30 m of intersection

4.30

$30

28

Parked to display vehicle for sale

4.31

$25

29

Parked to grease/wash/repair vehicle

4.32

$25

30

Parked 30 m advance/15 m beyond railway crossing

4.33 (a)

$25

31

Parked within 4 m of railway tracks

4.33 (b)

$25

32

Parked to obstruct removal previously parked vehicle

4.34

$25

33

Parked longer than 3 hours

4.35

$25

34

Parked between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. December 1st to April 1st

4.36

$25

35

Parked on a temporarily closed highway

4.37

$25

36

Parked oversized vehicle on highway

4.38

$25

37

Parked at covered parking control device

4.39

$25

38

Stopped in prohibited area

5.1

$30

39

Parked in prohibited area

6.1

$25

40

Parked longer than maximum permitted period

6.2

$25

41

Parked on private property without consent

7.1

$25

42

Parked in fire route

7.3

$25

43

Parked on municipal property without consent

7.4

$25

44

Parked in lot

8.4

$25

45

Parked in parkade

8.6

$25

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