photograph of disabled parking spaces by Karol Franks via Flickr

Parking Permits 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.



Renew Your Parking Permit Online

Renewing Your Permit

You can now renew your permit online.

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Parking Permits for Motorcycles

In response to your feedback, SPARC BC now offers a parking permit decal for motorcycles for people with disablilities. The application process remains the same, however those requiring a motorcycle decal in place of a traditional permit should make the request by calling SPARC BC at 604- 718-7744 or by visiting us.

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Parking Permits 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.

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disabled parking space - credit: Accessible Icon Project

Parking Permits for Organizations

Some organizations that regularly transport people with mobility impairments qualify for a parking permit for people with disabilities.

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telephone

For parking permit inquiries:
permits@sparc.bc.ca
604-718-7744
or toll free at 1-888-718-7794


Report Permit Parking Violations
604-718-7734



Play by the Rules

Play by the Rules!

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;

  • 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.



Did you know? It is against the law to drive with your permit hanging from your rear-view mirror.
Please remove while driving.