Residential Parking Permit Areas

A residential parking permit is required on a number of residential streets in Nelson, especially near the downtown. Where signage indicates "Residential Parking" or similar, a permit is required at all times. Where signage indicates "2-Hour Parking", a parking permit is required to park for longer than two hours between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

As per section 31 of the Traffic Bylaw:

  • The permit is exclusively for vehicles registered to that household.
  • Each permit is only valid for the block designated on the permit, at or near where the resident in question resides.
  • A parking permit may be shared between up to two vehicles.
  • A residential parking permit is free of charge.
  • Only one may be issued per dwelling unit and only if that dwelling unit has no off-street parking. 
    • Example: if a property has three units and two off-street parking spaces, one permit may be issued to one of the three units.
    • Example: if a property has two units and no off-street parking, one permit may be issued to each of the two units.
    • Example: if a property contains a single-family home with one or more off-street parking spaces, no street parking permit may be issued.

For more information or to apply for a residential parking permit, visit the main level of City Hall between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Proof of residency and a copy of each vehicle's ownership are required at the time of application. Both documents must contain your name and correct address. If neither shows your correct address, you must present either a formal lease agreement, utility bill, or purchase & sale agreement showing the address where the permit is being sought prior to the permit being issued.