According to the City's Traffic Bylaw 94-39, certain parking restrictions are in effect whether or not "No Parking", "No Stopping", or other signs are in place. Except to avoid a collision, to obey a traffic control device or to obey the directions of a traffic control person, a motorist must not stop their vehicle:
- Within 1.5 meters either side of a driveway, walkway, or cycle path;
- Within 3 meters to a lane access;
- Within 5 meters of a fire hydrant;
- Within 6 meters of the approach to a stop sign or traffic signal;
- Within 6 meters of an intersecting roadway;
- Within 15 meters of the nearest rail of a railway crossing;
- Within 6 meters of the approach to or 6 meters beyond a crosswalk; or
- In a position which leaves less than 3 meters of travelled road width or unduly restricts the flow of traffic.
It is not practical or desirable to install signs indicating parking regulations in every case. Signs are only installed where the Engineering Department has determined that it is necessary to extend the "No Parking" or "No Stopping" zones, or in exceptional circumstances where the situation may not be obvious to motorists.
Ultimately, the responsibility on deciding whether it is safe to park lies with the driver.
Click here to see our Parking Fact Sheet [PDF - 586 KB] which will help explain where vehicles can legally park and what the City can do to help when vehicles are affecting access to your property.
If your vehicle has been towed, please call Penticton Towing at 250-493-1991 or visit 1325 Commercial Way, Penticton.
Parking Adjacent to Fire Hydrants
Vehicles are not allowed to park within 5 meters of a fire hydrant. The measurement is taken by drawing a straight line to the roadway, and then measuring 5 meters in either direction.
Parking Adjacent to Intersections
An intersection is where two roads meet. This includes roads, streets, highways and back lanes. A vehicle cannot park within 6 meters of the intersection of two roads.
Parking on Sidewalks & Boulevards
A sidewalk is defined as the area between the curb lines or lateral lines of a roadway and the adjacent property lines that has been improved for use of pedestrians, or any other improved area set aside for pedestrian use only. As sidewalks are designed for the use of pedestrians, vehicles blocking any portion of a sidewalk may cause pedestrians to enter traffic to get around the parked vehicle. If you have a sidewalk at the end of your driveway, ensure your vehicle does not hang over the sidewalk to avoid a parking ticket.
A boulevard is defined as the portion of a highway between the curb lines or the lateral lines of a roadway and the adjoining property or roadway, and includes curbs, sidewalks and ditches. Parking is not permitted on the boulevard, as it is City property and needs to be well-maintained.
*Boulevard parking is permitted in designated areas' within the Industrial Park zone.*
Angle Parking or Facing the Wrong Way
Vehicles must be parked parallel to the roadway, in the direction that traffic flows, leaving no more than 30 cm. between the vehicle and curb. Angle parking is permitted only if signs indicates it is allowed. If angle parking is permitted, a vehicle must park within the painted lines, or in the event there are no painted lines, at a 60 degree angle from the curb.
Parking/Stopping Near Schools
Most schools have "No Parking" and "No Stopping" zones in the immediate vicinity of the school. "No Parking" signs are typically used to designate pick-up and drop-off areas, and reserve on-street facilities for school loading activities. Whereas, "No Stopping" signs are often posted on the opposite side of the road from a school. This is to discourage pick-up and drop-off activity from occurring on this side, and thereby discouraging jaywalking between the school and stopped vehicles. In these cases, the signs are typically only in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. If your school has a designated pick-up or drop-off area, please remember to turn off your vehicle while waiting for your children.
Safety for children is the City's top priority when the placement of signs is considered in these areas.
Vehicles in cul-de-sacs must park parallel to the roadway; “nose in” or angle parking is not permitted. Vehicles in cul-de-sacs that park at an angle reduce the turnaround area available for vehicles; emergency vehicles and garbage trucks may not be able to access houses in cul-de-sacs if vehicles are parked at an angle, as they require a much larger turn radius than most passenger vehicles. Vehicles must also be parked a minimum of 1.5 metres away from a driveway. As a result, many cul-de-sacs are not designed to allow street parking.
Disability parking spaces are placed to ensure those with disabilities have access to all amenities. Only those with a valid disability placard are allowed to park in disability parking spaces. Please refer to our bulletin [PDF - 105 KB] for more information. Contact SPARC BC at 604-718-7744 or visit their website for information on obtaining a disability parking placard.