There is parking available for those driving in the city. Certain areas of the community have more demands for parking than others, such as downtown (Downtown Parking Map) and the Penticton Regional Hospital. In addition to taking transit, there are various options available to motorists.
Resident Parking Areas
A Resident Parking Only Area is designated to improve availability of on-street parking for the residents of that street block. The program was initiated in 2013 and is intended to restrict on-street parking in specific residential areas to local residents and their guests. Additional permits are available for guests and those with legal secondary suites. While the program is intended to address demand issues, it does not guarantee that there will be parking all of the time for those residents.
In March 2017 Council approved the expansion of the Resident Parking zones. If you reside in an existing or new zone, you will receive a letter from the City of Penticton in early April explaining the program. In April 2017, residents in the downtown residential and hospital areas (see below) will need to attend City Hall to obtain a new 2017 parking permit. (Bring ICBC registration/insurance and your Drivers License to verify you reside in a permit zone). After obtaining your new permit, please ensure it is clearly displayed in your vehicle. See updated maps below of the existing and expanded areas:
- Downtown residential:
Resident parking areas were established for areas that experience significant parking pressures. The Downtown East area [PDF - 2.6 MB] saw an expansion in April 2017 to include: Braid Street.
- Hospital area:
Resident parking was established to help alleviate on-street parking demand created by those attending the hospital nearby. The Carmi/Duncan area [PDF - 2.9 MB] saw an expansion in April 2017 to include: Municipal Ave 400-500 block between Government Street and Manitoba Street, the 1300 blocks of Manitoba Street, Leir Street, and Balfour Street.
Want to learn more?
- Read the flyer [PDF - 954 KB]
- Read the FAQ on the Resident Parking Program [PDF - 507 KB]
- Complete your Resident Only parking permit application - Resident Only Parking Application [PDF - 128 KB]
- We're here to help. Contact the Development Services Division by phone at 250-490-2501 or email.
Long-term parking continues to be available at three City-owned lots. All monthly and annual parking permits for 2017 can be purchased at City Hall, Cashiers. Reserved stalls in the "Apple" lots listed below have a waitlist. There is hourly parking available at the 3 paystationed parking lots located East of Main street in the 200, 300, and 400 block lots. The first hour is free and every hour after is $1.00/hour up to 6pm at which time it is free.
Long-term City Parking Lots
||Location||Type||Cost per month
|Braeburn lot||223 Backstreet||Reserved||$50 plus taxes|
|Gala lot||355 Ellis St.||Reserved||$50 plus taxes|
|McIntosh lot||421 Ellis St.||Reserved||$50 plus taxes|
|Spartan lot (no pay machine)||503 Ellis St.||Reserved||$50 plus taxes|
|Martin Street/City Hall lot||171 Main St.
behind City Hall
|Unassigned||$45 plus taxes|
|Nanaimo Lot||99 Nanaimo Ave. East||Unassigned||$45 plus taxes|
|Brunswick Lot||284 Brunswick St.||Unassigned||$45 plus taxes|
There are also several private parking lots in Downtown Penticton operated by Diamond Parking.
Skaha Lake boat trailer parking
Fees to park your vehicle with attached boat trailers are in effect as of May 1 for the Skaha Lake on-site lot and on-street parking South Main Street. See the map of permitted locations.
Half-day permits are $5 for up to 5 hours of parking, and full-day permits are $10 for 5 or more hours. These can be purchased at the ticket machine at Skaha Lake. If you launch your boat and then bring it elsewhere (friend's house, etc) that allows trailer parking, there is no fee. Keep an eye out for related signs.
Annual Permits for Penticton residents are $70 and Non-Residents are $105; both can be purchased at City Hall. This permit does not guarantee space, but you are able to park your vehicle and trailer in the on-site parking lot or permitted on-street parking. People are asked to provide proof of residency (photo ID, etc.) and permits must be hung from the rearview mirror so they are visible to enforcement staff.
For information, call 250-490-2440.
Having ongoing issues with parking?
If there is a perceived problem with parking on a residential street, residents of that street can apply for a Residential Parking Only Area designation. If this is approved, only resident vehicles displaying valid parking permits are allowed to park there. Find out more by reading the Council resolution [PDF - 8.8 MB]. For details on how to apply or begin a petition, contact the Development Services Division by phone at 250-490-2501 or email.