Parking in Downtown Burlington – City of Burlington

Street parking

On-street parking is available downtown for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. This is intended to help businesses that offer curbside pickup and applies to:

  • From Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road
  • From Burlington Avenue to Martha Street

If you are a driver, please obey all other parking rules, such as no stopping and parking in loading zones. We don’t want to have to give you a ticket!

Paid parking

Paid parking is available in downtown Burlington Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $1.75 per hour. You can pay at the parking terminals in cash or by credit card, or with the HONK mobile app. Download the app to securely search and pay for parking wherever you are.

Free parking

Free 20-minute parking is available in downtown Burlington on-street spaces from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Overnight parking is not permitted between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Free parking is also available with a valid Accessible Parking Permit or City-issued Veteran’s Parking Permit.

Municipal car parks and garages

We offer a variety of municipal parking lots downtown and the waterfront parking garage.

Paid parking

Parking in municipal parking lots and the garage is subject to applicable hourly, daily and/or monthly fees, generally from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. See our parking regulations for fees at each location. We also offer monthly permits for downtown municipal land and the garage.

Free parking

Free parking is available Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., all day Saturday and Sunday with no time limit. Free parking is also available with a valid Accessible Parking Permit or City-issued Veteran’s Permit.

Waterfront parking at Spencer Smith Park

The waterfront parking lot at Spencer Smith Park offers free parking:

  • 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., seven days a week in the East Lot
  • 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 a.m., seven days a week in the West Lot

Parking charges apply at all other times, seven days a week.

Waterfront parking

Discover our car park at the water’s edge at 414 Locust Street, Burlington, which offers 339 parking spaces in the heart of downtown. Parking is free overnight.

Overnight parking in winter

You can park overnight in municipal parking lots downtown during the winter. However, be aware that during a snowfall, we clear snow from municipal parking lots and vehicles may get stuck in them.

Paid parking at the plate and use of the HONK mobile app

Distributed throughout the city centre, our parking meters have replaced the parking meters and parking meters that were previously found on municipal properties.

Benefits of pay-per-plate parking

Pay-by-plate machines give you a variety of benefits, including:

  • You can pay in coins (toonies, loonies or quarters), credit card or online
  • You can park at various places in the city center when there is time left paid on a ticket
  • You can add time to remote parking purchases using the HONK mobile app ($0.35 transaction fee applies)
  • Printed receipts are available and each payment is linked to your license plate number. Dashboard tickets are not required
  • Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions displayed on the payment screen
  • Stickers on the machine that provide bold visual cues
  • Faster payment processing times

HONK Mobile App Payments (Online)

You can use the HONK mobile app to search, pay and top up on-street and municipal lot parking payments online, right from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store using any internet-connected device. You must open an account and pay a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the City replace the old machines?
The City’s on-street parking meters dated from the 1980s and were difficult to maintain. The technology used in the new parking meters gives you more flexibility for parking in the city center, including the ability to pay by coins, credit card or online. You can also move to a new parking space if you have paid time left on your ticket.
How can I add time to the time I purchased remotely?
Top up your parking payment using the HONK mobile app.
If I have money left over from my parking purchase, can I use it to park in a new location?
Yes. Any paid time remaining on a parking purchase can be used in another downtown parking lot, the parking garage or on a downtown street. Permits are transferable from:
  • Pay street to another pay street
  • City paid parking lot or garage to another City paid parking lot
Has the price of parking increased?
No. The price for parking in downtown Burlington continues to be $1.75 per hour.
How many parking spaces does the City of Burlington offer downtown? Have spaces been lost due to the new parking machines?
We provide over 1,400 municipal parking spaces in downtown Burlington to meet the needs of businesses, special events, tourism and visitors.

Downtown maps and parking search

Consult our online interactivity City center municipal parking map to find currently available parking spaces, parking types and rates.

You can also locate our downtown Burlington festivals and events parking lot on the City center municipal parking map.

Shuttle service

A shuttle service is available for the following major events. For schedules, please visit their website:

www.soundofmusic.ca | Sound of Music (Father’s Day Weekend)

www.burlington.ca/canadaday | Canada Day (July 1)

www.canadaslargestribfest.com | Ribfest (Labour Day weekend)

Presence detectors and digital signage

We are one of the first cities in Canada to introduce new presence sensor technology that helps you more easily find available parking online. By installing small occupancy sensors in all on-street parking spaces and municipal properties, we keep track of which spaces are occupied and which spaces are empty.

Sensors placed at each parking spot send a wireless signal to a nearby receiver when a vehicle is parked. Using this data, real-time parking information is displayed on digital meter panels installed in City-owned parking lots. Signs tell drivers how many spaces are available in each lot. These sensor installations are underway and will involve rolling lot closures in the spring and summer.

We have also installed digital wayfinding signs in the main streets of the city centre. These signs display real-time information on the number of parking spaces available at nearby lots. They use directional arrows to guide you to lands with empty spaces.

Public charging stations for electric vehicles

Did you know there are 32 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown Burlington? All load units are Level 2, the most common load level.

Pitches

You can find other publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations around Burlington with PlugShare.

Who can park at EV charging stations?

In accordance with our parking regulations, only electric vehicles can park in parking spaces designated for electric vehicles. Electric vehicles must be plugged in and you must move within four hours of parking. A fine of $47 is issued in the event of non-compliance.

Costs

There is no charge to charge a vehicle, but our parking rates still apply.

What is an electric vehicle?

An electric vehicle, also called an EV, is a car powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. An EV uses energy that is stored in rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common household electricity.

Electric vehicles are quiet, cheaper to operate than gasoline-powered cars, and have no tailpipe emissions. The electricity used to charge electric vehicles in Ontario is much cleaner, since the provincial government phased out coal-fired power plants, which has limited greenhouse gas emissions from the grid.

David H. Henry