Parking regulation refresh & community engagement
The Township is going out to the community to better understand parking needs in Esquimalt. This feedback—along with research and analysis—will help guide and support any updated plans and regulations.
This means that refreshed parking strategies, policies, regulations, and management approaches will better reflect the Township’s goals and values. This will result in more certainty and a greater level of confidence to residents, businesses, developers and Council.
This process will accomplish two key outcomes:
1. A new Public Parking Strategy to guide decision making and implementation for publicly provided parking—including EV charging, bicycle parking and accessible parking
2. A new Parking Bylaw that incorporate contemporary standards to ensure appropriate and desirable parking conditions are included in future land development
These drafts are the product of public feedback, council direction and applied best practices.
The township is seeking feedback from user groups and the public on the draft Integrated Parking Management Strategy and Parking Bylaw.
Feedback will be received up until October 4, 2023 by emailing [email protected]
Your feedback will be shared with Council on October 23, 2023 and will help to inform the final Parking Management Strategy and Parking Bylaw.
What are parking restrictions? They are restrictions that are established on a road which modifies what type of parking is allowed. There are different types of restrictions for different locations and situations.
- Read the Township of Esqumalt Parking Restrictions Guide to learn about our approach to parking restrictions.
Residential Parking Policy
Residential Parking Zones and Limited Time Parking Zones have been created to protect the residential streets bordering on commercial and industrial zones from being congested by vehicles parked for the day.
Within Residential Parking Zones, only a resident, guest, or trades person of any dwelling located on the abutting street can park. The Bylaw Management Officer enforces compliance with the requirements of these parking zones only when a resident registers a complaint.
1. Residential Parking Zones
The Bylaw Management Officer enforces Residential Parking Only (RPO) Zones, when a complaint is registered and as workloads permit. In most cases, attending officers will only ticket those vehicles on the street immediately in front of the complainant's address. It will be the responsibility of the adjacent residents to have their tickets or their guests' tickets revoked by providing proof of residence.
In order to park on a street with an RPO designation:
Your home must abut the street with the designation. Visitors and contractors to your residence are also allowed to park in the RPO zone.
2. Limited Time Parking Zones
Limited Time Parking Zones have been developed to allow for one or two-hour parking to be enforced, daily, as workloads permit. The areas to be considered for such designation are commercial, industrial, or residential areas adjacent to the commercial and industrial areas. One or two hour designations are intended to prevent all-day parking in designated areas.
3. Zone Delineation
In order to delineate a Residential Parking Zone or a Limited Time Parking Zone, such delineation will be placed over the entire block to eliminate the problem of where the zone begins and ends.
4. Requests for Residential Parking Zones or Time Limited Parking Zones
Requests coming from the public will be considered when delivered in the form of a resident-generated petition adhering to the following criteria:
- Ninety per cent of the residences on a street must be canvassed;
- The petition must receive eighty percent approval of the residents on the street before the Municipal Council will consider the request.
Download the Parking Bylaw.
After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, contact the Victoria Police non-emergency number: 250-995-7654