Frequently Asked Questions

Changes to Parking Enforcement on Campus - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What changes are being made to parking enforcement on campus?

Effective July 15, 2019 the University will be implementing changes to parking enforcement on the Keele and Glendon campuses to align with City of Toronto municipal code. As of this date, vehicles parked on campus in contravention of the University’s Parking and Traffic Regulations will be ticketed with a City of Toronto parking violation.

Why is York University changing its parking enforcement process?

The changes align the University with City of Toronto municipal code, consistent with other universities and broader public sector organizations in Toronto and are intended to improve parking operations while at the same time apply a fairer and more consistent framework for parking enforcement on campus.

What types of parking violations will be issued after July 15?

Vehicles parked in contravention of the University’s Parking and Traffic Regulations will be ticketed with either a York Parking Notice or a City of Toronto Parking Violation.

What is a York Parking Notice and when will it be issued?

Vehicles that are found parked on campus without valid payment may initially be issued a York University Parking Notice (“Notice”). The Notice will request payment for the applicable daily rate and advise that future infractions will be subject to City of Toronto ticketing and/or towing to a municipally-licensed impound located off campus.

How many Notices may be issued before a City of Toronto Parking Violation is issued?

A vehicle may be issued a maximum of three Notices for non-payment of the daily fee, after which a City of Toronto Parking Violation will be issued for any future infraction.

Are there circumstances under which Notices will not be issued?

Notices will not be issued for violations that create a safety risk; during special events; on weekends, or as indicated in the York University Parking and Traffic Regulations. Under these circumstances only City of Toronto Parking Violations will be issued.

What is the fee for a Notice?

The fee for a Notice will vary depending on where and when the vehicle is parked. The Notice will request payment of the applicable daily parking rate.

Can I appeal a Notice?

If you paid the daily parking fee and believe that you received a Notice in error, please contact Parking Services at 416-736-5705.

How can I pay for a Notice?

Notices can be paid online, by phone or in person.  Payment information can be found on the back of the Notice.

What happens if I don’t pay for a Notice

Parking permits will not be issued to any individual or vehicle with outstanding Notices. Repeat violations may result in the vehicle being towed to a municipally-licensed impound at the vehicle owner’s expense.

When will City of Toronto Parking Violations be issued?

City of Toronto Parking Violations will be issued under the following circumstances:

1) After receiving up to three (3) Notices for non-payment (subject to exceptions)
2) For any other parking infraction

Do City of Toronto Parking Violations issued on campus differ from other City tickets?

The City of Toronto Parking Violations issued on campus are the same as those issued elsewhere in the City.

What happens if I get a City of Toronto Parking Violation?

Payment and dispute options for City of Toronto Parking Violations are printed on the back of the Violation.

What is the fine for a City of Toronto Parking Violation?

Fine amounts vary based on the violation and are established by the City of Toronto.

How do I pay for a City of Toronto Parking Violation?

Payment options are provided on the back of the Violation and on the City of Toronto website.

How do I dispute a City of Toronto Parking Violation?

All disputes for City of Toronto Parking Violations must be directed to the City of Toronto.  Options to dispute a City of Toronto Parking Violation are provided on the back of the Violation and on the City of Toronto website.

Under what circumstances will a vehicle be towed?

Vehicles will be towed from University property for the following reasons:

  1. Parking in a designated Fire Route
  2. Displaying a counterfeit/forged/altered Parking Permit
  3. Blocking or obstructing roads, sidewalks, entrances or parking in other areas on campus not designated for parking, according to the York University Parking and Traffic Regulations
  4. Parking without a valid Parking Permit during special events or parking in a manner that interferes with University business
  5. Parking in contravention of the York University Parking and Traffic Regulations after receiving a cumulative total of five (5) Notices and/or City of Toronto Parking Violations

Where will my vehicle be towed to and how would I get there?

Per municipal By-Law, all vehicles must be towed to a municipally-licensed impound facility under contract with Toronto Police Services. Vehicle drivers/owners are responsible for their own transportation to this location.

How much will it cost for my vehicle to be released if it has been towed?

Fees for towing and storage are established by the City of Toronto and are subject to change. The current towing fee is $189.50. The owner/driver of the vehicle will be responsible for this fee, along with the daily impound storage fee of $20.00.

If I have unpaid York parking citations prior to this program being implemented, can I purchase a parking permit?

Individuals with outstanding citations are not eligible to purchase a parking permit. Please contact Parking Services to resolve your account.

What is the Parking account relief program?

The relief program is a limited-time offer to resolve outstanding parking account balances at a discounted rate.  If you would like to take advantage of this program, please contact Parking Services prior to September 30, 2019 to review your account and discuss options.