It’s never fun to wake up to a parking ticket after an overnight stay at a friend’s or family member’s house, but there are ways to avoid it. There are three things to remember.

  • Don’t park on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Don’t park on the street for more than three hours at a time.
  • Don’t park your large motor vehicle on a residential street.

According to city bylaws, a vehicle may not be parked on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and must not be parked for more than three hours at a time.

Also, you may not park on a residential street if your vehicle is considered a “large motor vehicle.” In this case, a large motor vehicle is one that has a height of more than 2.6m and/or a length of more than 6.7m. That includes any attachments or trailers.

There is some good news for vehicle owners though. Although the City of Brampton does not currently offer permit parking, they do give parking considerations. These considerations allow residents to park on the street for up to 14 days per calendar year per license plate for the above three instances only (overnight, more than three hours, and recreational vehicles).

Remember that for large vehicles, parking considerations must be obtained for both the vehicle and the trailer. Detached trailers are not eligible for considerations and will be ticketed.

It is also important to keep in mind that winter conditions can change these rules. For example, a parking consideration won’t protect you from a ticket if your vehicle impedes snow clearing or road maintenance operations.

Another way to avoid getting a ticket is to make sure that your car is operational and licensed. If you can’t drive your car, if it is immobile, or if it doesn’t have a license plate, whatever parking consideration you may have gotten previously won’t be in effect. In other words, you’ll get a ticket.

You can read more about the city’s rules on parking enforcement or find out how to obtain a parking consideration on the City of Brampton website.

You can also check out a list of the most common parking offense and fines.

What happens if you get a parking ticket and you want to dispute it? Thanks to a recent change in city bylaws, you no longer have to appear in court to do so.

The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) has replaced the judicial appeal process. It allows you to dispute the parking penalty by requesting a screening review meeting. For more details, check the City of Brampton website.