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.
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.