Parking Enforcement and Short Term On Street Parking Registration
Parking in Whitby is regulated by the Town's Traffic By-Law 1862-85, which was passed by Whitby Council to maintain the safe and efficient movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the residents and visitors of the Town.
Enforcement of the parking regulations is directed toward vehicles that interfere with the movement of pedestrians, maintenance duties, or impede access for emergency vehicles. Accessible infractions, such as sidewalks and accessible spaces, are patrolled pro-actively. Infractions related to emergency vehicles is also patrolled pro-actively (fire routes, fire hydrants). Three hour enforcement is conducted on a complaint basis.
The three hour on-street parking limit applies all year long. In addition, from November 1 to April 15 there is an additional restriction of no parking from 2 A.M. to 6 A.M., whether there is inclement weather or not. Maintenance staff are out at this time in preparation for inclement weather. This infraction is pro-actively patrolled for compliance.
If you require an exemption to the three hour infraction, or the 2-6 A.M. infraction, please register for the short term on-street parking program. During a snow event, your registration for on-street parking will be void if you interfere with snow clearing.
Traffic By-law and Important Notices
The Town of Whitby acknowledges the valuable service our veterans provide to our Country and offer free parking at on-steet metered parking spaces and in municipal paid parking lots. Operators of a vehicle displaying a veteran licence plate can park without paying, for the limit of the parking meter or municial lot.
Common Parking Infractions
The Traffic By-law includes all parking rules in the Town. The Below is an example of common parking infractions, please refer to the Traffic By-law for a complete list of infractions. In some cases signs are not required:
The unimpeded movement of emergency response vehicles is very important; maintaining a safe and direct route for emergency vehicles through our streets is essential to the well-being of our citizens.
Filing a Complaint
There are three ways to file a parking complaint.
Accessible Permit Parking
Specially designated parking spaces for vehicles with accessible permits are available in the municipal parking lots and specific on-street parking meter locations. These parking spaces are marked with a posted sign with optional paint on the parking surface. Designed and located to assist with accessibility, these spaces are not to be used by vehicles without a properly displayed accessible parking permit. Parking in one of these spaces without a valid accessible parking permit can result in a minimum fine of $300.00.
All parents and guardians want their children to travel safely to and from school. The Town of Whitby enforces parking-related issues on the streets surrounding schools. The reasons for enforcement in school zones include:
- parking adjacent to a school between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
- parking in a fire route
- parking in a signed no parking or no stopping zone
- parking over a sidewalk
- parking in a manner that blocks a driveway or laneway
Speed enforcement in school zones is under the jurisdiction of the Durham Regional Police Service.
'Operation School Zone ABCs'
In Spring 2016, Transportation and Parking Services staff participated in a school safety initiative called 'Operation School Zone ABCs', in conjunction with Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) and the Durham District School Board.
Operation School Zone ABCs encouraged parents, guardians and students to:
- Always Obey the Signs
- Bike or Walk to School
- Co-operate To Make Everything Go Smoothly
Although many schools are known as "walking schools" (meaning the vast majority of students live close enough to walk everyday), more people are choosing to drive students to and from school. This increase in vehicular traffic negatively impacts student and community safety creating a traffic situation that exceeds the roadways capacity and that of the school property, including the kiss and rides.
As a result, the Town receives complaints regarding aggressive and dangerous driving around our schools by drivers frustrated with the congestion, and a disregard for posted regulatory signs including, no parking, no stopping, and speed limits. There have also been instances of aggressive and rude behaviour by frustrated drivers/parents towards other parents, school officials, teachers, enforcement officers and students. All of this adds up to a decrease in safety for children trying to get to school.
Operation School Zone ABCs is a result of meetings between DRPS, the Town of Whitby, and the Durham District School Board to discuss ways of educating parents and students about safety around schools. A special team of officers from Central West Division, and the Town's Parking Enforcement Staff, will begin a strict enforcement approach at Whitby area schools. Operation School Zone ABCs will continue to run throughout the school year, and promotes Council's goal of achieving safe and walkable communities.
For more information;please contact Parking Services at 905.430.4300
Pay by Phone now available to pay for municipal parking
HonkMobile is now available in Whitby and will transform the way Whitby motorists pay for parking. Honk is available for all paid on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in both Whitby and Brooklin. The app enables motorists to pay for parking using their smartphone in addition to the traditional payment methods.
The HonkMobile app is easy to use and enables customers to pay for parking from their smartphones before departure, during their trip or upon arrival at their destination, adding significant timesaving and convenience to the parking process. Motorists will receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session, providing them with the opportunity to pay for additional meter time remotely.
Time will not be displayed on the meter, but the interactive technology allows Parking Enforcement Officers to use a wireless handheld device to see when a motorist has paid using the app. Using a single HonkMobile account, users can pay for parking in Whitby and anywhere HonkMobile is accepted across North America. To download the app to get started, or learn more visit www.honkmobile.com.
HonkMobile can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android at www.honkmobile.com or via the App Store or Google Play.
The Town of Whitby offers a total of 274 metered On-Street Parking spaces throughout downtown Whitby. Individuals with valid accessible parking permits are permitted to park at a metered space free of charge.
Parking on Dundas St. between Brock St. and Euclid St. / Henry St. is prohibited between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This restriction is necessary to maintain unobstructed traffic flow during times of increased commuter traffic.
Parking is prohibited on any road or street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1 to April 15.
Metered Parking Rates
Note: On-street parking meters accept coins only.
Downtown On-street Vehicle Drop-off/Pick-up Zones
The Town of Whitby has passed By-law #6918-14 creating time-limited drop-off/pick-up vehicle zones in downtown Whitby, after consultation with licensed establishments in the downtown and the Durham Regional Police Service. These zones allow patrons in the downtown to quickly locate transportation options without having to cross traffic. Drivers will be able to pull into the zones to drop-off/pick-up patrons to reduce instances of double-parking which can lead to traffic congestion.
The drop-off/pick-up zones are located at existing on-street metered parking spaces adjacent to licensed establishments and taxicab brokerages, and are identified with a sign. The zones are in operation from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Thursday evening through to Sunday morning each week. Outside of these times, the on-street metered parking spaces are available for all visitors to the downtown.
The drop-off/pick-up zones in effect during the late evening and overnight hours is expected to have little impact on nearby businesses. Enforcement staff will be patrolling the areas to ensure these spots are not used for long term parking during designated times.