Urban Survival Guide: How to Read a Parking Sign in Calgary

When the parking sign is actually five signs, it can get complicated.

The numbers at the top mean you’re in parking zone 3114. But as for whether or not you can park there, or whether you have to pay, it’s going to take some figuring out.

Here’s how to avoid being ticketed or towed:

 The Park Plus zone number tells the parking payment system where you are parked. When you input the zone number into the system through the meter, phone or app, it will also confirm whether you can park there right now. The triangle indicates that zone 3114 is to the right of the sign.

No parking anytime to the left of this sign post — you will be towed.

While on most nights you can park to the right of this sign overnight for free, you will be towed if you try it on Mondays or Wednesdays between 1:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.

You can park to the right of this sign for 2 hours by paying the Park Plus system (pro tip: put the zone number in your phone and you can renew your time through the app or phone line), as long as it’s Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or Saturday from
9 am to 6 p.m.

On weekdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. you not only can’t park here, you can’t even stop. You could be ticketed or towed even if you’re inside your car. Other than the times listed, you can park here for free — for example all day on Sunday.

Parking Pro Tip

Valet parking at The Core Shopping Centre is free, so why not outsource the stress of finding a spot? Regular parking rates apply — that means free after 3 p.m. on weekdays and for the first three hours on weekends. Drop-off on 3rd Street S.W. between 7th and 8th Avenues.


From the Urban Survival Guide in Avenue Calgary’s January 2019 issue.

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This article appears in the January 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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