Climate Emergency Parking Program

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About 30% of Vancouver's street space is dedicated to parking.

Support cleaner air and climate action

In November 2020, Vancouver City Council directed staff to explore a citywide residential parking program with a pollution charge as part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan.

The Climate Emergency Parking Program would:

  • Encourage people to purchase cleaner vehicles
  • Reduce air and carbon pollution
  • Fund climate emergency actions

It would also allow the City to respond more effectively to localized parking issues as Vancouver grows.

Support cleaner air and climate action

In November 2020, Vancouver City Council directed staff to explore a citywide residential parking program with a pollution charge as part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan.

The Climate Emergency Parking Program would:

  • Encourage people to purchase cleaner vehicles
  • Reduce air and carbon pollution
  • Fund climate emergency actions

It would also allow the City to respond more effectively to localized parking issues as Vancouver grows.

  • Initiative 1. Residential Parking Permit pollution charge

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    To encourage the shift to cleaner vehicles, a new pollution charge is being considered. It would be added to annual residential parking permits for polluting vehicles (starting with model year 2023).

    • Residents who choose to buy a polluting vehicle with a 2023 or later model year would pay the pollution charge as part of their permit fee
    • Residents who choose to buy a low- or zero-emissions vehicle with a 2023 or later model year would not pay the pollution charge as part of their permit fee
    • Residents with vehicles from 2022 or earlier would not pay the pollution charge as part of their permit fee
    • Wheelchair-modified vehicles would be exempt and staff are considering other exemptions


    The rates being considered are listed in the table below. Most types of vehicles found in Tier 2 and 3 would also be available as Tier 1 low-polluting options. Click here to learn more about fuel consumption ratings for existing vehicles.


    Category Annual pollution charge Vehicle types Examples
    Exempt $0 All 2022 & older vehicles
    Specialized vehicles for wheelchairs
    • All vehicles that people already own today
    Tier 1
    < 200g C02/km
    $0 Electric & low polluting new vehicles
    • Electric vehicles, hybrids, most economy vehicles (model year 2023 or newer)
    Tier 2
    200g to 225g C02/km
    $500 Moderately polluting new vehicles
    • Most gas-powered sporty sedans, more efficient small SUVs (model year 2023 or newer)
    Tier 3
    > 225g C02/km
    $1,000 High-polluting new vehicles
    • Most gas-powered luxury sports cars, large SUVs, full-size pickup trucks (model year 2023 or newer)



  • Initiative 2. New overnight parking permit zone

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    A new overnight permit zone is being proposed to cover residential parts of the city that don't already require parking permits.

    It would enable the pollution charge to be fairly applied across the city, and help fund climate emergency actions.

    Residents would need to purchase a permit to park overnight on all residential streets and lanes that are unregulated or signed as ‘No parking except residents of this block’.

    • The permit would only be required for residents who park on the street overnight (10 pm – 7 am)
    • The initial permit fee being considered is $45 per year, the lowest cost of a current permit


    Visitors and service providers would still be able to park anywhere on the street, just like today.

    • Free visitor parking would still be possible between 7 am 10 pm
    • An overnight visitor parking fee of $3 is being considered between 10 pm 7am
  • Funding for Climate Emergency Actions

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    Pending Council approval, revenue from this program would be used to fund initiatives outlined in the Climate Emergency Action Plan, e.g.:

    • Building infrastructure to improve accessibility for all, such as more curb ramps, sidewalk improvements, and pedestrian signals
    • Building EV charging stations
    • Creating new priority bus routes
    • Adding trees and green space
    • Converting buildings from natural gas to renewable energy