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What are the By-Laws Regulating Parking?

Parking By-Laws exist to ensure the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians, access for emergency vehicles and to support road maintenance and winter snow clearing operations. Some By-Laws, such as no parking, are approved by City Council. Other parking restrictions, such as not parking in front of a fire hydrant, are regulated under the Highway Traffic Act of the Province of Ontario.

The Parking By-Laws are enforced by the City, through the contracted services of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Location Specific Parking By-Laws

The following By-Laws are enacted on various streets throughout the City.
Each location is signed accordingly.

No Parking
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A vehicle may not park in a no parking zone, except temporarily for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.

No Stopping
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A vehicle may not park or wait in a no stopping zone even momentarily, including discharging or picking up goods or passengers.

No Idling Zones
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All public and separate schools, and their adjacent streets and parking lots are No Idling Zones. The streets and parking lots around the City Hall properties are also a No Idling Zone. The Idling Limit is one minute and a vehicle cannot be parked and idling within these zones.

Fire Route
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Fire routes are designated on properties to ensure that there is a minimum of 6 metres later clearance for obstructed emergency vehicle operations. A vehicle may not park in a fire route.

Disabled Parking
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Disabled parking spaces are reserved for vehicles with a disabled permit. No other vehicles may park in these spaces.

General Parking Bylaws

The following list represents general parking By-Laws that are applicable to all city streets. These regulations are not signed on a street by street basis.

Vehicles may not be parked:
  • On any street between 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • For over 3 hours on any street.
  • On or overhanging a sidewalk.
  • Within 9 metres of an intersection.
  • On a boulevard.
  • Facing the wrong way on a street.
  • Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant.
  • On a street during a snow storm.
  • Within 1.5 metres of a driveway.


Under the City of Cambridge By-Law No. 187-06 (Traffic & Parking), unless otherwise permitted, no person shall park a motor vehicle on any highway between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., however, on Monday, July 14, 2014 City of Cambridge Council approved Overnight On-Street Parking from 2:30a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on a trial basis from Monday, July 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014.

For more information, please contact the City of Cambridge Transportation and Public Works Department: 519-621-0740 or email: parking

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