Parking Bylaw Review

Bylaw Adoption

The proposed bylaw, Off-Street Parking Regulations Bylaw 2018 No. 7266, was adopted by Council on September 17, 2018.  The bylaw previously went to Public Hearing on September 6.

A copy of the bylaw is available under the "Documents" tab below.

Open House

Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House on April 3rd and provided feedback!  If you missed the Open House, you can view the Open House boards under the "Documents" tab below.


More Information

For more information, click on tabs below!  Documents are available for review under the "Documents" tab, information about the Open House under the "Details" tab, and information about the Parking Bylaw Review under the "Background" tab.


  • Progress

    1.  Background Research

    2.  Draft components / Identify Options

    3.  Review Draft / Consultation

    4.  Revise Draft

    5.  Stakeholder & Public Consultation

    6.  Finalize Draft / Legal Review

    7.  Bylaw Introduction

    8.  Bylaw Adoption  <= We are here

  • Documents
  • Details

    Distributed March 19, 2018

    City of Nanaimo Reviewing Off-Street Parking Bylaw
    Open House scheduled for April 3


    The City of Nanaimo is seeking input on new City parking regulations from local residents, business owners and property owners at an upcoming open house to be held on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Beban Social Centre. A bylaw to replace the existing "Development Parking Regulations Bylaw 2005 No. 7013" (Parking Bylaw), is currently being developed. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposed bylaw. 

    Parking is a significant factor in how a city grows and develops and how citizens experience their City. More information including an online survey, draft bylaw and highlights can be found under Parking Bylaw Review on the Projects page at

    The purpose of the new bylaw is to achieve a more compact and walkable community as envisioned in the City’s Official Community Plan and Transportation Master Plan.  The new Parking Bylaw will regulate off-street parking requirements for vehicles and bicycles throughout Nanaimo and includes changes such as:

    1) Change to parking requirement for shopping centres;
    2) New bicycle parking requirements;
    3) Changes to the multiple family parking requirement; and
    4) New policy to evaluate parking variance requests.

    Strategic Link: Environmental Responsibility- creating greater efficiencies in how we use transportation. Active Lifestyle- creating a physically and economically accessible city.


    * A drop-in open house regarding the proposed off-street parking bylaw will be held on April 3 in the Beban Park Social Centre, Rooms 1 and 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

    * The proposed bylaw includes a number of changes regarding the amount of vehicle and bicycle parking a residential or commercial development is required to provide.


    "Parking requirements play a fundamental role in urban development.  Large parking areas impact urban form by creating areas with little activity that are often unwelcoming for pedestrians.  The goal of the Parking Bylaw review is to create a more walkable urban form while recognizing actual parking needs."

    Dave Stewart
    City of Nanaimo

  • Background
    The City of Nanaimo is developing a bylaw to replace the existing "Development Parking Regulations Bylaw 2005 No. 7013" (Parking Bylaw).  The purpose of the new bylaw is to implement the goals and objectives of the City’s Official Community Plan (2008) and Transportation Master Plan (2014), to align with current best practices, and to achieve a more compact and walkable urban form.  The Parking Bylaw regulates off-street parking requirements for vehicles and bicycles throughout Nanaimo.  It is used to determine the number of parking spaces required for new developments and businesses in the City.

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