Parking in Collingwood
The goals of parking enforcement are to improve road safety, allow emergency vehicle access, ensure traffic flow and parking turnover, as well as improve accessibility. Knowing where and when you can park in Collingwood will help you avoid getting a Parking Infraction Notice. For more information on the Town's parking rules, please view the Town's Parking By-law.
Our interactive parking map shows the many parking options in Collingwood:
Parking Infraction Payment Methods
Pay in person:
Sign the voluntary payment option on the back of the Parking Infraction Notice and pay by cash, cheque or debit at Town Hall 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays only, excluding holidays.
Pay by mail/drop box:
Sign the voluntary payment option on the back of the Parking Infraction Notice and drop off in the drop box located to the right of the entrance of Town Hall or mail the Parking Infraction Notice with your cheque to the address indicated below (Contact Us). Please be sure to write the Parking Infraction Notice number on the front of your cheque, payable to the Town of Collingwood. DO NOT SEND CASH.
Temporary Downtown (BIA) Parking Ticket Initiative:
From July 20, 2021, until Thanksgiving weekend, parking tickets issued within the Downtown BIA can be 'paid' by showing receipt of purchase of a product or service within the Downtown for an amount equal to or greater than than the ticket amount.
The purchase must be made at a business located in the Downtown BIA of equal or greater value to the Set Fine and be made within 5 days of issuance of the ticket. This program does not include tickets that are issued outside of the BIA or related to safety matters. A copy of receipt and ticket must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days of receiving ticket. This program can only be used to 'pay your fine' once.
Know The Difference: No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping
The Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8 ("HTA") defines “park” or “parking” as the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when standing temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
What That Means
Motorists are only permitted to load or unload passengers or merchandise.
The HTA defines “stand” or “standing” as the halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
What That Means
Motorists are only permitted to receive and discharge passengers.
The HTA defines “stop” or “stopping” as the halting of a vehicle, even momentarily, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or of a traffic control sign or signal.
What That Means
Motorists are generally not permitted to stop for any reason except to avoid a conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a constable or other police officer or of a traffic control sign or signal.
Delivery & Courier Vehicles
Where parking is prohibited, motorists may stop while actively engaged in loading/unloading passengers and/or merchandise. However, motorists should not leave their vehicles unattended if going into a building. Otherwise, couriers and delivery vehicles are subject to the same rules and regulations as other motorists, as set out in the Town's Parking By-laws.
Paid parking at Sunset Point Park and Princeton Shores, is in effect seasonally 7 days a week between the hours of 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from the Friday before the Victoria Day holiday until the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information about the Town's Waterfront Parking Program, please click on the link below.
The Town of Collingwood currently requires visitors, shoppers, merchants, and employees who live, work and play in beautiful downtown Collingwood to pay for parking. This system is in place to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy Collingwood’s historic downtown.
The Town of Collingwood recently added an app-based parking payment option in Downtown Collingwood. This app-based, online-based payment option will help to enhance user experience and reduce interactions and touchpoints through the pandemic and beyond. Other parking payment options will continue to be available, including parking meters and pay stations.
Our downtown parking map shows the various options for parking downtown:
Downtown Parking Fees:
- Parking on Hurontario Street is currently $1.00 per hour (maximum of 3 hours).
- Metered street and municipal lot parking is currently $0.75 per hour (no maximum).
- Monthly parking passes for the municipal parking lots may be purchased at Town Hall at a rate of $53.00 a month or a yearly pass for $530.00. Complete the Parking Permit Application Form.
- The Town of Collingwood offers FREE municipal parking on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays as well as after 6:00 PM during the week.
How to use the Hotspot Parking App
- Create an account with y our mobile phone number or email address.
- Park anywhere you see HotSpot Parking App signs and decals.
- Pay for your parking session from your phone.
- Extend your time remotely if you’d like to stay longer.
- Receive digital copies of your parking receipts through the app.
For more information, please preview our Hotspot video:
In a Hurry? No Problem!
HotSpot also allows users the ability to pay for parking through Apple Pay or Google Pay by scanning the NFC/QR code on the parking signs located throughout Downtown Collingwood and at our Waterfront.
Individuals may contest or dispute a Parking Infraction Notice that has been issued to them by emailing email@example.com. Please include the ticket number, licence plate, your full name and address and indicate the reason for the dispute. A By-Law Officer will review the matter and will follow up with the individual within 1-2 business days.
If a resolution cannot be made through the First Attendance process, you or your agent may attend court by completing a Notice of Intention to Appear.
Accessible Parking Permits:
Individuals displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit or Disabled Person Parking Permit are permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits that may apply to that location.
Vehicles that have an Ontario veteran license plate are permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits which may apply to that location.
Parking is prohibited in Collingwood on all streets between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM, from December 1 each year until March 31 in the following year. This is strictly enforced to assist the Public Works Department's snow clearing and winter operations.
Any vehicle parked or left standing during this period may be removed. Any expense incurred for such removal may be charged to and collected from the owner of the offending vehicle.
A vehicle may be permitted to park overnight in any municipal parking lot provided the owner of the vehicle has a valid Overnight Parking Permit (issued by the Town of Collingwood) and it is displayed and visible within the vehicle at all times. Complete the Parking Permit Application Form.
Examples of the more common parking regulations that may result in a Parking Infraction Notice being issued include vechicles:
- Parked on any street / municipal lot between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. from December 1 to March 31;
- Parked within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
- Parked facing the wrong direction
- Advertised for sale on public property (roadway, municipal lot);
- Parked or stopped in a fire route;
- Idling for more than three (3) minutes;
- Parked in an accessible parking spaces without an Accessible Parking Permit;
- Parked in a manner that obstructs traffic/snow clearing; and
- Parked on or over any sidewalk.
Any vehicle found in contravention of the Parking, Fire Route and/or Idling by-laws may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice and/or towed away at the owner’s expense. In the event that a Parking Infraction Notice is not paid within the timeframe specified, a conviction may be registered and your Ontario licence plate sticker will not be renewed until the fine and all other costs have been paid.