In response to resident concerns and to accommodate requests to review parking zone signage, parking permit user fees will not be charged until December 4, 2023. Until then, there is only a fee to obtain a Market Permit or Low-Income Market Permit.
Important: You only need a parking permit if your block already has parking restriction signs, and you want to park on-street.
If you have parking restrictions on your block and feel they are not required, please call 311 or submit an online service request. Requests made by Monday, July 31, 2023 will be reviewed by December 4, 2023 to determine if restrictions can be modified. You will be notified if you do not have to renew your permit.
For more info on changing Residential Parking Zone restrictions and the RPP program visit Parking Permits - CPA (calgaryparking.com)
We were informed that an update was sent to all parking permit holders informing them of the changes to the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program as outline here: Important Update: Residential Parking Permit Program (mailchi.mp). This may have come to a surprise to some residents and caused frustrations associated with the upcoming changes. Below is some information, links, and contacts to support residents going through this process:
All of the information related to the program changes are publicly available on both the Calgary Parking Authority website and the City of Calgary website. CPA has been communicating the RPP changes since January 2022.
What is the RPP (Residential Permit Parking) Program?
Background and rationale:
Parking plan and budget (calgary.ca) | parking-service-plan.pdf
Where can residents get more information about the RPP?
I am grateful that Council came around to forwarding the six recommendations and 33 actions related to the Housing and Affordability Task Force to administration for further discussion and action at committee and council.
The journey to approval was bumpy. Council initially voted down the Task Force recommendations in a 7-8 vote on Tuesday, leading to shock and outrage from Calgarians, and garnering condemnation from the public, housing advocates, and federal MPs.
Yesterday the original motion was brought back for reconsideration and approved with a new set of recommendations. The recommendations are almost identical to the original, though lay out more clearly the next steps and opportunities for engagement by both the public and council.
The actions we undertake with future decisions of council can move our city forward in retaining critical talent, attracting new Calgarians, and maintaining our competitive advantage in a time where worldwide movement is an option for many.
I want Calgary to be the city of opportunity for the over 100,000 people in the next four years who will choose Calgary to build their lives and livelihoods. We want to be a city that allows our talented youth and students to create lives and livelihoods of their own because we have homes for them to grow and flourish into the next generation of leaders.
The recommendations are about more than an increase in non-market housing, though absolutely a critical component. The recommendations of the task force will improve the access to housing at all levels in the market for individuals and families across the income spectrum.
Housing in Calgary is and will continue transforming. Creating a regulatory framework that enables us to respond in a timely manner to the pressures facing the need for homes is critical and we need to support all Calgarians to address what can quickly become a crisis without this swift action.
Thank you to the many Calgarians for raising their voices to correct our course. I look forward to the ongoing conversation with my colleagues, experts in housing, and Calgarians about the future we must build together.