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Travelling with your Permit

SPARC BC welcomes you to British Columbia. We are a registered charity and have been advocating for the rights of people with mobility limitations since 1969, and have been issuing parking permits (also referred to as placards, blue badges, decals, and disabled parking passes) for people with disabilities since 1984. We are pleased to provide a service that will help make your visit enjoyable.



Can I use my parking permit in BC if it was issued in another province within Canada?

Yes. All provinces and territories in Canada participate in the ECMT Agreement on the reciprocal recognition of parking permits from across Canada. Parking permits issued by officially recognized issuing agencies from any of the provinces and territories in Canada can be used in British Columbia. To read more about this agreement click here.



Can I use my parking permit in BC if it was issued in the United States or one of the European Union countries?

Yes, you may enjoy the same privileges here as you do in your home country. Canada has an official reciprocal agreement with the European Union. Parking permits issued by officially recognized issuing agencies from countries within the European Union and the USA can be used in British Columbia. To read more about this agreement please click here.



Can I use my parking permit in BC if it was issued in a country other than the United States or one of the European Union countries?

Visitors from other regions of the world may also use their parking permits in British Columbia and the rest of Canada; however, as we do not have official agreements with other countries, we advise you to carry a copy of your official documentation from your issuing agency if your parking permit looks very different than that described in “What does a valid permit look like”.

 

We cannot guarantee all enforcement agencies will recognize your permit from another country as valid; therefore, we suggest you consider taking out a temporary parking permit from SPARC BC. See “What should I do if I cannot bring my parking permit with me to British Columbia?” below.



What should I do if I cannot bring my parking permit with me to British Columbia?

SPARC BC can issue you a temporary parking permit. You will need to present official documentation from the issuing agency in your country of original which identifies you as a current and valid parking permit holder, or you may provide proof of your disability from your home jurisdiction, such as a medical certificate or other appropriate medical document. Please visit our office upon arrival in British Columbia, or mail the documents to us. If you intend to mail the documents, you will also need to complete an application form, don’t forget to let us know your arrival and departure dates. There is a $23.00 Canadian processing fee for all permits issued.

Should you require more information regarding our parking permits, please give us a call at 604-718-7744 and one of our representatives would be pleased to help.



Where can I park my vehicle when using my parking permit in British Columbia?

Designated parking spaces for people with disabilities are identified with a signpost that displays the universal symbol of accessibility. Sometimes the symbol is painted on the parking lot ground in the space provided. Having the permit properly displayed on a vehicle rear view mirror allows you to use the designated parking spot.

You can learn more about Vancouver parking regulations by visiting the City of Vancouver Park Smart site.



How do I properly display my parking permit in British Columbia?

Permits must be displayed in the vehicle by hanging them from the rear view mirror. The registration number and expiry date must face away from the driver, so that they are easily visible when looking through the windshield from outside the vehicle. If you are unable to reach the rear view mirror, you may also display the permit on the vehicle dashboard, with the registration number and expiry date facing up. Parking permits must only be displayed when the vehicle is parked.