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Parking Safety & Compliance | Calgary Parking

Parking safety & compliance

Our Parking Safety & Compliance department is focused on promoting safe parking practices. They achieve this in many different ways, including:

  • Community outreach

    Parking Safety & Compliance (PSC) Officers will attend community gatherings, schools or team up with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to special events, like “Coffee with an Officer”, to educate the public on why safe parking is important, parking regulations, and common parking errors to avoid getting a ticket.

  • Festivals and Events

    Particularly during the summer, our PSC Officers assist other municipal services during events like Canada Day, Stampede, and Globalfest. These events require streets to be cleared and parking restrictions monitored so that emergency vehicles can get through, ensuring public safety.

  • School patrol

    Maintaining safe parking around schools, particularly during busy pick-up and drop-off times at elementary schools is a persistent issue. Our dedicated School Patrol team attends schools during these busy times to educate parents and guardians on safe parking practices for the safety of all children.

  • Enforcement

    When parking regulations are not followed, PSC Officers do need to enforce them by issuing tickets in hopes that drivers will change their parking behaviour and contribute to a safer community for everyone.


Our Parking Safety and Compliance Officers can give tickets for parking offenses within Calgary city limits, as described in:

Enforcement involves:

  • Responding to calls about illegally parked cars
  • Patrolling high congestion areas and during busy times like rush hour, schools, or special events
  • Automatic enforcement through photo enforcement vehicles with license plate recognition technology and ParkPlus system reports
  • Photo enforcement and digitization of parking sessions and permits allows for an efficient process.

Report an illegally parked vehicle. Response times may vary.

How photo enforcement works

  1. Photo enforcement vehicles regularly patrol parking areas. They capture time and location-stamped photos of parked vehicles.
  2. The ParkPlus system compares these photos to payment records to validate payments, and licence plate registration for membership parking, permits and contracts. It marks “potential violations” where it can’t find a match.
  3. A Bylaw Officer reviews the “potential violation” in detail. 
  4. If the violation is confirmed, a parking ticket is printed and mailed with the photo evidence to the last known registered owner of the vehicle.

Reporting an illegally parked vehicle

Please call 403-537-7000, option 3

Daily hours

Mon to Fri: 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sat to Sun: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Holiday hours 2023

Holiday Date Hours
New Year's Day Sunday, January 1 Closed
New Year's Day - observed date Monday, January 2 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Family Day Monday, February 20 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Good Friday Friday, April 7 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday Sunday, April 9 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Easter Monday Monday, April 10 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Victoria Day Monday, May 22 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Canada Day Saturday, July 1 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Heritage Day Monday, August 7 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Labour Day Monday, September 4 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
National Truth and Reconciliation Saturday, September 30 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Monday, October 9 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Remembrance Day Saturday, November 11 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Monday, December 25 Closed
Boxing Day Tuesday, December 26 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 27 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 28 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, December 29 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 30 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Year's Eve Sunday, December 31 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Year’s Day (2024) Monday, January 1  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.