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In order to encourage residents and visitors to come downtown, the City of Kawartha Lakes provides complimentary on-street parking for a maximum of two consecutive hours in Lindsay. Additional complimentary spaces are available for a maximum of four hours in municipally-owned lots, permit areas and accessible parking spaces are available in the Lindsay downtown core as well as metered spaces in the Village of Bobcaygeon.

This guide should be used for general reference only. For official wording and exact specifications please obtain a copy of City of Kawartha Lakes By-Law 2012-173

How much are Municipal Parking Lot Permits?

Municipal Parking Lot Permits (valid in and Lindsay Municipal Lot) Daily: $3.00, Weekly: $12.50, Monthly: $46.00, Yearly: $506.00.

Contractor permits are available for all parking spaces $10.00/day/space.

How long can I park on City roads?
Unless otherwise posted, motor vehicles (except commercial motor vehicles) are allowed to park on city streets for a maximum of 12 consecutive hours.

Can I park overnight on City streets?
Unless otherwise posted, overnight parking is prohibited from Nov 1st to April 30th the following calendar year.


What if I work for a nursing agency, a delivery company or a service company and I get a parking ticket?
There is no legal exemption for any of the above; however, all drivers on delivery are advised to use "ON DELIVERY" signs as officers are informed to use discretion when a sign is displayed. Service companies and nursing agencies are all advised to obtain legal parking whenever possible.

I am having my driveway paved. Can I park on the street for a few days?
The City of Kawartha Lakes does allow for short duration parking consideration. Residents should contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Office at 705-324-9411 ext. 1212 in advance of parking on the road and request that they not receive tickets for the duration that they will be parking on the street. There is no parking consideration for offences such as no stopping, stopping on sidewalks and parking on boulevards, in front of fire hydrants and in fire routes.

What is a boulevard and can I park on it?
A boulevard is defined as “the part of a highway that lies between the shoulder or curb and the boundary of the adjoining property” and parking on a boulevard is prohibited.

I got a ticket for parking on the wrong side of the highway, what does that mean?
Generally, left wheel to curb parking is prohibited. All vehicles must park with their right wheels to curb with the only exceptions being on a one way street or angled parking.

When can I use an Accessible Parking Permit (Disabled Permit)?
The permit is issued to the person named on the reverse of the permit and not to a vehicle. The permit holder must be present in the vehicle when it is parked in a designated spot. This parking is for the sole purpose of allowing the permit holder to exit the vehicle with the shortest traveling distance.

Photo copies are not acceptable and the permit must be clearly visible in the front window. Other offences include: Altering or defacing the permit, covering the expiry date or permit number and failing to surrender the permit for inspection when demanded. Misuse of the permit could result in fines ranging from $300 to $5,000 and the permit being revoked.


Can I park in a fire route?
Parking in a fire route is prohibited at all times and vehicles may be subject to a $65 fine and/or towing of the vehicle.

Can I park a commercial motor vehicle on a City road?
No person shall park a commercial motor vehicle whose weight, when unloaded, is 1,000 kilograms or more on a highway at any time.



Other parking offences include:

  • on a sidewalk or footpath;
  • in front of or within 2.0 metres of an entrance or in a manner that prevents the use of an entrance by other motor vehicles;
  • in front of or adjacent to a fire hall;
  • in a manner that obstructs or interferes with vehicular traffic;
  • for the purpose of selling, servicing or, except in an emergency, repairing the motor vehicle;
  • in front of or within 15.0 metres of a recreational trail;
  • at an expired meter;
  • on, beside or at the end of a median strip.

How can I pay for or appeal a parking ticket?
Payment, appeal options and locations are also listed on the back of the ticket. For information on outstanding traffic tickets call 705-324-9411 ext. 1212. Infractions are based on the laws of Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, and so disputes are handled in provincial court.

Payment in person
Parking Tickets can be paid Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payments for parking tickets may be made by cash, cheque, money order, Visa, Mastercard, or debit card at the following locations:

  • 180 Kent St. W, Lindsay
  • 1474 Highway 7A, Bethany
  • 123 East Street South, Bobcaygeon
  • Grandy Road, Coboconk
  • 7 Munroe St, Kirkfield
  • 1 King Street West, Omemee

Payment by mail
When paying by mail, write the number of the Parking Infraction Notice on the front of your cheque and make it payable to The City of Kawartha Lakes. Dishonoured cheques may be subject to an administrative charge. Mail your payment to:

City of Kawartha Lakes
c/o Municipal Law Enforcement
180 Kent St. W.
Lindsay, ON K9V 2Y6

Note: Do not send cash by mail

Defaulted fines
A Notice of Impending Conviction will be mailed to the owner/operator of the vehicle plate if payment has not been received within 15 days of the date of infraction or a request for trial has not been made.

Please be advised that once a court conviction has been recorded against a Parking Infraction Notice, a Notice of Fine and Due Date will be issued to the registered owner with a due date by which to respond. If action is not taken in the form of payment, appeal or re-opening application made by the due date specified, the matter will be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation and a $20.00 enforcement fee will be added to the existing fine and cost amount. The fine amount must be paid to the Ministry of Transportation upon renewal in order to receive your plate sticker for the following year or to purchase new plates.

What is the difference between parking, stopping regulations?

no_parking_sign.jpgNo Parking - motorists are only permitted to load or unload passengers or merchandise.


no_stopping_sign.jpgNo Stopping - 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.

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