Several websites are now promoting people to rent their parking spots at their residence, but what Calgarians may not be aware of is that this is against the law. Parking stalls are intended for the resident of that dwelling.
Essentially renting your stall is a different land use then what the development was approved for.
According to Land Use Bylaw 1P2007, a Parking Lot – Grade is defined as:
- Where parking is provided for vehicles for a short duration, independent of the provision of any other use: and
- Where vehicles are parked at grade
This use is not allowed in any residential districts; parking lots occur in commercial, industrial and special districts.
“The rules do not support Calgarians renting out their parking spaces, as this could cause planning impacts where cars intended to be accommodated in a given house are displaced into neighbourhood streets causing parking spill over into the community,” says Mark Sasges, Chief Development Planner with The City.
Renting parking stalls also runs counter to crime prevention principles as residents become unsure of who should and shouldn’t be entering onto their own or their neighbour’s property.
Enforcement of this law is complaint driven, if there are no complaints then there is no enforcement. Property owners are given an opportunity to voluntarily comply with the Bylaw prior to The City of Calgary proceeding to issue a violation ticket. Violation tickets can range from $1,500 to$3,000.
Occasionally, there are complaints of businesses renting out parking spaces but this is not very frequent.