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Parking Services

Pay Parking

A mix of short and long-term metered parking, along with some permit parking on City streets and in parking lots is available in Richmond. Please see Pay Parking & Ticketing for more information.

City Offers Pay-by-Phone Parking
The City of Richmond offers pay-by-phone parking at all of its on-street parking meters. The parking meters will accept payment by mobile phone as an alternative to paying with coins.

The benefits include:
  • Save money by only paying the exact time you park
  • Eliminates the need to carry around excess coins
  • Pay for parking in the comfort/safety of your vehicle
  • Receive consolidated parking expense reports online
To use the service, drivers register online, then simply phone 604-677-0215 when parking, and provide the automated system with the parking meter number and the desired number of parking minutes. Drivers also have the option of receiving a parking expiry reminder via text message.

A convenience fee of 25 cents applies per transaction. As a promotion, users will get free parking the first time they pay-by-phone.

For more information or to register, visit:

Complimentary Parking Year-Round for Richmond's Veterans
Effective November 6, 2006, Richmond residents who possess valid Veteran licence plates and a distinct City of Richmond decal are able to park for free, every day of the year, at on-street parking meters and off-street operations at Gateway Theatre, Bowling Green and Brighouse Park.

How to Obtain Veteran Licence Plates
An application form can be obtained from ICBC  (Veteran plates) or any Autoplan broker. There is a one-time application fee of $5 and it takes up to seven weeks to obtain the Veteran plates. For more information, on the Veteran plates, contact ICBC or any Autoplan broker.

How to Obtain the City of Richmond Decal
Veterans must visit City Hall, provide a photocopy of their ICBC registration papers showing their name, address and licence plate number and they will be issued a complimentary numbered decal. Place the decal inside the vehicle's windshield in the lower corner on the passenger side.

Please note - Veterans must adhere to parking limits (normally 2 hours on-street), even though parking is free of charge.

For more information on the complimentary decals, please contact Community Bylaws, at or 604-276-4345.