About the Parking Permit Program for People with Disabilities

SPARC BC has been advocating for the rights of people with mobility limitations since 1969, and has been issuing parking permits for people with disabilities since 1984. Over 100,000 people rely on us. The Parking Permit Program is one way SPARC BC works to create a just and healthy society for all.

Designated parking allows people with disabilities to have access to buildings and services in the community. People who qualify for parking permits either need the extra width of the designated spaces to get in and out of their vehicles when using a wheelchair, crutches, a cane or other mobility aid, or need to park close to a building entrance because their health prevents them from walking very far.

 

Parking Permit for Individuals

A parking permit for people with disabilities ensures that when a person has mobility limitations, they can park in one of the designated parking spots throughout British Columbia. People with mobility limitations are entitled to a permit even if they do not own a vehicle. As long as the parking permit holder is either driving or being transported in the vehicle, a valid parking permit may be displayed on the rear view mirror when the vehicle is parked in a designated spot.

There are two (2) types of parking permits for people with disabilities:

1. Permanent Parking Permit: Valid for a period of three (3) years, and renewable.

2. Temporary Parking Permit: Valid for a period of one (1) month to twelve (12) months, and not renewable. Clients requiring an extension of their temporary parking permit must reapply.

 

How do I apply for a parking permit?

 

Parking Permit for Organizations

Some organizations that regularly transport people with mobility impairments qualify for a parking permit for people with disabilities. The permit allows them to park in designated accessible parking zones when transporting people with disabilities. Download and complete the Parking Permit Application for Organizations and mail it to SPARC BC.

Need more information? See Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information about parking permits for people with disabilities.

Play by the Rules

So many people wonder - how can we stop the abuse of accessible parking spaces? Sadly, many offenders are legitimate permit holders who misuse their permit. Please know the rules and play by them!

A person commits an offense under Division 38 of the Motor Vehicles Act pertaining to Disabled Persons' Parking Permits if he or she:

 

  • Makes a false statement on an application;

  • Mutilates, defaces, or alters a permit

  • Lends or transfers a permit to another person, whether or not that person is disabled

  • Continues to use their permit past the expiry date

  • Stops, leaves standing, or parks in a designated accessible parking zone but is not transporting a person with a disability, yet displays a valid parking permit

  • Stops, leaves standing, or parks in a designated accessible parking zone a vehicle that does not display a valid parking permit, or a permit of similar nature issued by another jurisdiction