The City of Prince George implemented a new downtown parking strategy in 2016 after extensive public consultation. The strategy's purpose is to help the City deal with parking violations more effectively and improve available downtown parking. This is accomplished by encouraging drivers who spend more than three hours downtown to park in off-street lots rather than on the street in front of businesses. The strategy so far has resulted in a marked decrease in the number of cars parked for extended periods on the street and a rise in the number of people using off-street parking spaces.
Downtown Winter Parking
City snow and ice control crews require unobstructed room to plow after snowfalls. Cars and trucks parked on the street force crews to work around them. This slows down snow clearing operations and leaves windrows that create hazards for other drivers. Parking on-street is prohibited in the downtown between midnight and 7:00am.
Vehicles can be left overnight for free in City parking lots and in the parkade at 5th Avenue and Queensway. View the map below for locations.
Click the above image to view a map of overnight parking lots or
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The City of Prince George operates five (5) parking garages and eight (8) parking lots that have stalls rented out on a month-by-month basis. Current monthly rates range from $53.73 to $132.25 plus taxes depending on location and factors like whether lot is covered by a roof or has plug-in charging stations for electric vehicles.
To find more information on available monthly stalls, residents may:
- Contact the City Hall Service Centre at 250-561-7600.
- Contact Bylaw Services at 250-561-7622 or via email.
There are six (6) locations that offer hourly ($1 per hour) or daily ($6 per day) parking on a pay-by-plate basis. Parking is free at these locations every day after 5:00pm and all day Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays.
The City of Prince George uses LPR (License Plate Recognition) technology as a part of its parking enforcement services under section 26(c) of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any questions or complaints about the collection of information can be directed to:
Download the 2018 Off-Street Parking Rates [PDF]
Bylaw Services - City Hall
1100 Patricia Boulevard
Prince George, BC V2L 3V9
NOTE: The City does not accept anonymous complaints.
Click the above image to view a map of downtown off-street parking lots and parking garages or
download a PDF copy.
Parking at the Library, Civic Centre, and the Four Seasons Pool
The Bob Harkins branch of the Prince George Public Library, Civic Centre, and the Four Seasons Leisure Pool also has three free hours of parking for patrons with an option of extra time at a rate of $1 per hour or $6 per day. Parking at these locations while not using the facilities is a parking notice offence.
Vehicle license plates must be registered on all monthly rental stalls and at pay stations at locations offering hourly or daily parking. This includes the Bob Harkins Library, Civic Centre, and the Four Seasons Leisure Pool.
Common Questions and Answers
What happens if I park downtown in the morning for a few minutes and then again in the afternoon?
This initiative is aimed at reducing the number of chronic offenders in timed zones, not to punish casual visitors and shoppers downtown. Residents who believe they received a parking notice in error may dispute it by completing an Online Ticket Dispute Form or by calling 250-561-7623.
Submit an Online Ticket Dispute Form
When did all of this come into effect?
The amended bylaws and license plate recognition system went live in November 2016.
When am I at risk of getting a notice?
The system is in effect Monday to Friday during regular business days from 7:00am to 5:00pm. There is no charge for off-street and on-street parking stalls during all other hours and days of the week.
I work downtown and need to park. Where should I park?
If you intend to park downtown for more than three hours during the day on a regular business day, please park in the off-street lots (refer to the map above). The charge for parking in these lots is $1 per hour or $6 per day. There are also privately-owned lots available for rent.
Which parts of the downtown area will these bylaws be active in?
The bylaws will only affect the downtown area from Scotia Street to Winnipeg Street, First Avenue to 12th Avenue, including Patricia Boulevard.
How much does it cost to park in an off-street lot?
It costs $1 per hour or $6 per day to park in an off-street lot. Monthly rates range from $53,73 to $132.25 plus taxes. Note that the parkade with the highest rate is fully occupied with a significant waiting list.
How much will bylaw violation fines cost?
Most fines will be $50 (an increase from the current $25 fine for a first infraction). The $50 fine is consistent with fines levied through the City's Off-Street Parking Bylaw. Fines for violating timed zones will increase for repeat offenders after two offences. Fines for more serious safety issues like obstructing fire hydrants or crosswalks will increase to $75. Fines for parking in disabled stalls will increase to $100.
Learn more about the Off-Street Parking Bylaw
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