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.

Paying parking tickets

Penalty Notices/parking tickets can be paid online, by mail or in person at City Hall.

Pay a Parking Ticket online

For more information on Penalty Notices, including how to dispute through the screening process, 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.

 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 (call for availability)

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


2 hours




Brock Lot

190 Brock St.

24 hours




Chambers Lot

184 Hunter St. W.

24 hours




Del Crary Lot

100 George St. N.

24 hours




Downie Lot

336 Downie St.

24 hours




Gas Lot

70 Simcoe St.

24 hours




Hospital Drive

Hospital Dr.

30 min.




King Street Parkade

202 King St.

24 hours




Reid Lot

350 Reid St.

24 hours




Simcoe Street Garage

190 Simcoe St.

24 hours




More about parking downtown

On-street parking downtown

You can park on-street for a maximum of 2 hours and pay using a meter 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 between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. 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

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

Parking in the King Street Parkade and Simcoe Garage is free overnight, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. 

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. During snowstorms, free overnight parking is available in municipal parking garages and surface lots. Drivers can use the parking garage entrance ticket for a free ride home on Peterborough Transit.

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

Penalties for parking tickets

The following are the penalties 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. If you would like to dispute your ticket or penalty notice, please visit our Administrative Monetary Penalty System page

 Parking infractions and penalties

Parking infractions and penalties
Set penalties item Infraction type By-Law reference Set penalty


Parked at angle other than 90 degrees




Parked not completely within parking space




Occupy more than one parking space




Obstructing aisle




Parked with right wheels more than 15 cm from curb




Parked with right wheels more than 15 cm from roadway




Parked left wheels more than 15 cm from curb




Parked left wheels more than 15 cm from roadway




Stopped on sidewalk




Stopped within intersection/crosswalk




Stopped within 10 m of crosswalk




Stopped so as to interfere with traffic




Stopped so as to interfere with snow clearing




Stopped so as to interfere with highway cleaning




Stopped alongside other stopped vehicle




Stopped on bridge/tunnel/underpass




Stopped on median




Stopped along excavation/obstruction impede traffic




Stopped near intersection pedestrian signal




Stopped where prohibited in school area




Stopped near school crossing




Parked on or over boulevard




Parked within 2 m of driveway




Parked to obstruct driveway




Parked within 3 m of fire hydrant




Stopped within 10 m of intersection




Stopped within 30 m of intersection




Parked to display vehicle for sale




Parked to grease/wash/repair vehicle




Parked 30 m advance/15 m beyond railway crossing

4.33 (a)



Parked within 4 m of railway tracks

4.33 (b)



Parked to obstruct removal previously parked vehicle




Parked longer than 3 hours




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




Parked on a temporarily closed highway




Parked oversized vehicle on highway




Parked at covered parking control device




Stopped in prohibited area




Parked in prohibited area




Parked longer than maximum permitted period




Parked on private property without consent




Parked in fire route




Parked on municipal property without consent




Parked in lot




Parked in parkade



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