Parking in Tofino

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Parking rules and restrictions are indicated by signs at the various locations. Drivers should follow all parking signage rules to avoid penalties and fines. 

Pay Parking 

Beach Pay Parking

Pay parking is now in effect at Cox Bay at Maltby Road, public parking adjacent to Long Beach Lodge/Cox Bay Beach Resort, South Chesterman parking lot, Chesterman Beach Road, Lynn Road, North Chesterman parking lot, Osprey Lane, Thornberg Crescent, Hellesen Drive and Tonquin Park Road.

View the Beach Pay Parking Map Here

View the Beach Pay Parking Visitor Pamphlet Here 

Residents' Permits

Eligible Tofino, Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista, Hesquiaht and Tyhistanis residents can register online for a free annual permit, while Ucluelet and other ACRD communities will receive a 50% discount on the initial annual pass.

Beach Pay Parking Permits

  • Annual passes in 2021 are $120
  • Day passes are $12
  • Hourly parking costs $3 for the first two hours and $3 each hour afterwards.
  • Annual passes for business vehicles are $120 per vehicle.

Beach Pay Parking FAQs

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Why has the District Introduced pay parking?

In the past, informal beach parking patterns have negatively impacted the experience of visitors and residents.  In frequent cases, informal and poor parking habits resulted in degraded road user safety, infrastructure damage, high enforcement needs and reduced parking convenience/access. 

In 2021, the District committed to improving public parking layout and design and proposed the introduction of beach pay parking to pay for related parking costs, including dedicated enforcement resources.  Up until now, parking related costs have been funded from taxation.

Pay Parking is a proven way to increase parking availability in publicly used spaces and provide more opportunities for shared access to public assets.

Pay parking revenues can also provide a new, important funding source to support other programs, services, and facilities.

Is parking free for Tofino and First Nation residents?

Yes. Council has endorsed a 2021/22 model of fare-free annual parking passes for residents of Tofino, Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista, Hesquiaht and Tyhistanis. 

How do I obtain the free or discounted annual parking permit?

Permits are available via the online registration portal: tofino.ca/parking-registration

 Annual permits provide free parking access for registered vehicles until October 31, 2022.

Can I purchase an annual parking pass if I am not eligible for a free permit?

Yes. Parking can be accessed with payment for hourly, day and annual passes.

These are available for purchase at the pay stations within the beach parking lots, or via the online parking apps, which will be highlighted in the new pay parking signage.

How much does parking cost?
  • Day passes are $12.

  • Hourly parking costs $3 for the first two hours, and $3 each hour afterwards.

  • Parking passes are valid for any District Beach Pay Parking location.

  • These rates are subject to change in future years.

Can I get a free pass for my business vehicle?

No. Municipalities are prohibited from providing assistance to businesses under section 25 of the Community Charter. Providing free parking pass for a business-owned vehicle would violate this rule. However, business owners can pay for hourly, day and annual passes and parking receipts can be recorded as a business expenses.

Parking passes can be purchased at the pay stations within the beach parking lots, or via the online parking apps, which is highlighted in the pay parking signage throughout the community.

 

What will the parking revenue/funds be used for?

Parking revenues are commonly used to pay for parking system infrastructure and operating costs. This new revenue stream could offset these costs, which are currently funded from taxation. 

Costs associated with parking include washroom construction, operation and maintenance, parking lot surface maintenance and repair, drainage, power/internet, signs and other costs.

Staff plan to engage with the public on the issue of parking revenue in the coming months and then open public discussions with Council during the financial planning process.

How is pay parking being managed at Lynn Road, Osprey Lane, Thornberg Crescent or Chesterman Beach Road?

Lynn Road, Chesterman Beach Road, Osprey Lane, Thornberg Crescent – are all subject to the same pay parking regulations as Beach Pay Parking. 

For clarity, parking is currently prohibited at these locations between 11 PM and 6 AM, which aligns with other beach parking restrictions meant to reduce the instances of illegal overnight camping. 

Allowing overnight parking will likely require additional enforcement and its associated costs.  

Late night visitor parking stays and overnight camping are known to create nuisance, litter, waste and damage to neighbouring public and private properties.  The parking of private vehicles on public property (ie. roadways) also increases wear and tear on infrastructure, removes public parking capacity and associated revenues and adds enforcement and monitoring costs. 

Property owners along these streets are required to provide adequate parking for their residents.  Vacation rental property owners are legally obligated to provide adequate visitor parking on their premises, as per District of Tofino Business Licence Regulation Bylaw No. 858, 2000. 

During Beach Pay Parking Public engagement sessions, members from the community highlighted a need for temporary / infrequent road parking for visitors.  Overnight parking permits are now available for purchase and are meant for infrequent use by eligible residents when guests are visiting. These permits are intended for occasional use and are not developed nor intended for regular parking solutions. Permits can be purchased for $20/night at the Municipal Office with proof of residency and corresponding vehicle and owner information for the parked vehicle.

Frank Island residents can apply for an overnight parking permit for their own vehicles at the cost of $50/month, which permits them to park at spots next to Middle Chesterman Beach access.

Some members of our community have highlighted that they have been negatively impacted by this change and do not have adequate parking on their landlord’s property and would otherwise be required to pay or find alternative arrangements and are inconvenienced disproportionately.  Staff are reviewing the public feedback related to overnight parking and will consolidate and present findings to Council in the coming weeks. 

Is pay parking available using a digital parking app, or just via physical kiosks?

Customers can pay and manage their parking needs via the parking meter (credit card or coin payment), via digital apps such as Honk Mobile App, Pay By Phone App and also payment through a 1-800 number listed on the parking signage.

Are there other parking restrictions at the beach locations?

Other restrictions apply and will be signposted.

Please follow the rules and park responsibly. Tickets will be issued for all parking infractions.

How is pay parking being enforced?

Dedicated parking ambassadors are enforcing beach pay parking 7 days a week and are available to help and direct parkers and ensure the rules are followed.

Beach Pay Parking is in effect between 8 AM and 11 PM each day.

How do I find out more information or contact the District regarding pay parking?

For more information visit tofino.ca/parking and talktofino.ca/beach-pay-parking.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email parking@tofino.ca.

Municipal Hall Surface Lots

Muncipal Hall pay parking is in effect May to October of each year in the Municipal Lots adjacent to the Municipal Office at 121 Third Street. Parking can be purchased at the blue kiosk using VISA, Mastercard, or American Express. The machine also accepts $0.25, $1, or $2 coins.

  • Vehicles over 20 feet in length are NOT permitted in these surface parking lots
  • Trailers are not permitted in either Pay Parking lot, under any circumstances

Parking Rates Effective May 1, 2020

Regular Vehicle Parking for 2 hours $2.75
Regular Vehicle Parking for 12 hours $10.00
Regular Vehicle Parking for 24 hours $12.50
Regular Vehicle Parking for 7 days $35.00
Regular Vehicle Parking for 14 days $65.00
RV Park 4 hours $12.00
RV Parking to 10 PM $20.00

Traffic & Parking Regulation Bylaw No. 1091 (Consolidated Version) (under review in May 2021)

Offshore Parking

Residents of offshore communities can obtain annual permits from the Municipal Office to allow vehicle parking in designated offshore permit parking areas / stalls.

Please see the Parking Map for all Offshore Permit Areas.

QUALIFYING FOR A PERMIT

To qualify for a permit, offshore residents must provide:

  • A current licence plate number; and
  • Proof of offshore residency* (current vehicle insurance documents or a current driver’s licence)

Visitors and persons who do not have a permanent offshore address do not qualify for parking permits.

*Other Forms of Proof Include: Current Lease or Purchase Agreements; Recent Telephone, Cable or Utility Bills; Recent Credit Card or Bank Statements. 

*Applying on Someone Else's Behalf: Please bring all necessary documentation (above).

*Contractors/Temporary Offshore Workers: Offshore communities have been issued a limited number of permits for temporary contractors/workers. Please contact the administration office for the relevant community for more information about obtaining a temporary permit while working offshore.

OFFSHORE PERMIT ONLY SPACES

Offshore Permit Only parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Having a permit does not guarantee a space. If no Offshore Permit spaces are available, permit holders may park:

  • In any of the unrestricted parking areas throughout the District.
  • In time-limited parking spots, but only for the time specified.
  • In Pay Parking lots for the prescribed fee.

Offshore Permits do not allow vehicles to be parked beyond posted time limits or in pay lots without a valid ticket.

Bylaw Enforcement Officers make every attempt to maintain permit parking spaces for vehicles with valid permits only.  To make a Bylaw Complaint, please Click Here

RULES & REGULATIONS
  • There is no fee for Offshore Permits.
  • Permits must be visibly displayed – hung face-out on the rear-view mirror.
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year, from January 01 to December 31, and provide for unlimited time parking in permit designated spots.
  • Permits are not valid for unattached boat trailers.
  • Permits are issued to license plates registered to a specific person; they are not transferrable. 

Recreational Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles, motorhomes and campers (over 20’ in length) are authorised to park in designated areas only, to improve safety for all users and reduce large vehicle traffic circulation. Please consider leaving your large vehicle out of town and instead, choose another active and alternative transportation option to travel to and around the village. 

Designated RV parking zones are located in areas just outside of the downtown core on Gibson Street, Arnet Road, and at the Community Hall.

 

 

 

Illegal Camping

Overnight camping (ie. overnight occupation of any parked vehicle OR other type of shelter) is strictly prohibited on public property throughout the District (ie. streets, boulevards, parking lots, beaches, parks or any other public spaces).  

Vehicle Trailers

Any type of trailer parked in the District rights of way must be secured to a vehicle or parked where permitted on private property.  Parking of vehicles connected to trailers is authorised ONLY along Industrial Way.

Employee, Commuter and Longer Stay Daytime Parking

Wherever possible, employees are encouraged to park on private property and along Gibson Road and side streets, west of Campbell Street.  Freeing up parking availability nearest Campbell Street and other business locations helps visitors get access to local businesses. 

Drivers seeking to park for longer daytime stays (ie. greater than 4 hours) are encouraged to park in the surface parking lots at the Municipal Hall.

Logistic Vehicles and Deliveries

All delivery vehicles are to make stops and deliveries in authorised parking spaces only and are reminded to eliminate idling to safeguard public health.  Illegal parking and blocking travel lanes is not permitted and will likely create unsafe conditions for other road users. 

Parking of unhooked commercial trailers is only permitted in accordance with provincial Motor Vehicle Act regulations AND local street parking rules.