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Parking Tickets

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can a ticket be mailed to me?
A. Yes, the Officer has the right to either place the ticket on the violating vehicle or mail it to the registered owner.

Q. Can I discuss the ticket with the City?
A. Yes. The intent of discussing the ticket with the Screening Officer is to clarify the violation particulars or to register for dispute for Adjudication. To discuss the issuance of a ticket with the City call (604) 276-4345 and follow the menu prompts.

Q. What happens if I ignore the ticket?
A. Unpaid parking tickets are forwarded to a collection agency. Also, if your vehicle is found parked unlawfully, it may be towed. 

Q. Do I receive points on my licence for a parking ticket?
A. No, points are not applied for Municipal parking tickets.

Q. Who is responsible for the ticket, especially if I was not driving my vehicle at the time?
A. The registered owner is responsible for his/her vehicle at all times. Therefore, the registered owner is responsible for the ticket, regardless of who was operating the vehicle at the time of the offence.

Q. What is the difference between "no stopping" and "no parking"?
A. No stopping means motorists cannot stop in that zone, whether the vehicle is occupied or not. This means the wheels on the vehicle cannot stop while in this zone, unless to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle.

No parking means motorists are only allowed to park the vehicle in a zone indicated as No Parking for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading of property, goods, or the discharging or taking on of passengers.

Q. What happens if I didn't see the sign, or there was no posted sign?
A. Signs are placed in high traffic areas or when there is an exception to a rule in our Bylaws.

The On-Street and Off-Street Bylaws govern where motorists can and cannot stop, park, etc., and are available on our web site, or also at Richmond City Hall. If you have questions regarding why a sign is posted in a particular location, contact the City Transportation Department at 604-276-4388 or 604-276-4210.