What is boulevard parking? The boulevard is the part of land between the curb and your property line, and for some, is the location where someone parks their car.

Have you seen this before and wondered if it is legal? Maybe you have done it yourself and felt like a renegade. Where are the bylaws governing this parking option? We looked at different municipalities in the GTA and called the municipal offices to find out the information. Find your municipality below and see what they had to say.
Toronto

In Toronto, there are a variety of parking options for houses. Many Toronto properties do not have sidewalks far enough away from the curb to have room for parking. Some streets don’t have sidewalks at all. Boulevard parking is more common in subdivisions outside the core of Toronto. So where is it legal and where isn’t it?

As the boulevard is owned by the city, parking is generally not allowed. However, they will typically not ticket your car unless someone has made a complaint. Further By-Law Information:

A. No person shall construct, install or maintain all or a portion of a front yard parking pad on the boulevard unless the person has:
(1) Obtained the consent of the City;
(2) Obtained all applicable permits required by the City;
(3) Paid all applicable fees as required by the City; and
(4) Entered into and is in compliance with an agreement in a form and content satisfactory to the City Solicitor and the General Manager.

B. No person shall park any motor vehicle on any boulevard unless parking is authorized under this chapter or under any other Municipal Code chapter or by-law. The only exception for the parking of a motor vehicle within the confines of that portion of the boulevard within a private driveway, provided that no motor vehicle may be parked in the driveway less than 0.3 metre from the back edge of the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, park no less than 2.0 metres from the face of the curb or edge of the roadway. [Amended 2007-12-13 by Bylaw 1374-2007]

C. Despite any other provisions of this chapter or the provisions of any other City by-law, no person shall park any motor vehicle on that portion of the boulevard that is situated between the travelled portion of the roadway and the sidewalk.

Above information sourced from https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/1184_918.pdf (Page 6). For more information on Toronto by-laws, call 416-808-6500.
Pickering

Similar to Toronto, parking on the boulevard is not allowed because it is city property. You may not be ticketed however it depends on the parking enforcement officer.

Here are some helpful links to read further:
Permitted Boulevard Parking - by-law number 6604/05:
https://www.pickering.ca/en/city-hall/resources/schedule-13-permitted-boulevard-parking.pdf

Common parking infractions: parking on a municipal boulevard:
https://www.pickering.ca/en/living/parking.aspx
For more information on Pickering by-laws, call 905-683-7575.
Mississauga

Boulevard parking is not allowed unless otherwise posted. There is an approved list of streets where you can park on the boulevard. Ticketing on non-approved streets could be based on reactive basis from a parking enforcement officer or complaints from neighbours.
For a list of approved streets, click here.
If your street is not one of the approved streets, you can request to get the parking regulations for that street changed by visiting this site: https://www.mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/transportation-and-streets/parking/request-parking-regulation-changes/

For more information on Mississauga by-laws, call 905-615-4311.
Brampton

In Brampton, the paved boulevard part of your driveway is called an apron, and you are allowed to park there as long as your car is not overhanging on the curb, road, or sidewalk. If you park on the grass part of the boulevard, you can be fined $30. Enforcement officers ticket based on proactive and reactive basis, although during COVID-19, they are focusing on responding to other calls.

For more information on Brampton by-laws, call 905-874-2000.
Vaughan

You are allowed to park on your boulevard as long as your car is not overhanging on the road, curb, grass, or sidewalk. You will only be ticketed if your car doesn’t follow those measures.

For more information on Vaughan by-laws, call 905-832-2281.
Richmond Hill

You are allowed to park on your boulevard as long as your car is not overhanging on the road, curb, grass, or sidewalk. You will only be ticketed if your car doesn’t follow those measures.

For more information on Richmond Hill by-laws, call 905-771-8800.
Markham

You are allowed to park on your boulevard as long as your car is not overhanging on the road, curb, grass, or sidewalk. You will only be ticketed if your car doesn’t follow those measures.

For more information on Markham by-laws, call 905-477-5530.
If there is any further information you would like on this topic or have any real estate questions, please call 416-222-1212 or email team@oulahen.com

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