New Visitor Parking Monitoring

Starting in April, OCH will be phasing in 24/7 parking lot monitoring across all the communities. This new approach will require visitors to register their vehicles.

Registering your vehicle is an easy process, and once your license plate has been entered in the parking management database, you can park with ease of mind!

Vehicle Registration Information

Vehicle owners using OCH Visitor Parking must register their vehicles. iParkME signs will be posted to clearly identify the need to register vehicles. Vehicles that are not registered will receive a City of Ottawa parking ticket from either Park Safe Inc., OCH or Ottawa By-Law Services.

You will see these signs in OCH communities for visitor parking.

Here is how:

Once a vehicle’s license plate has been registered on the iParkME system, the visitor will immediately be able to park for up to 3 hours for free during the day, and 3 overnights visits.

If additional time is required, visitors can pay $1/hour (up to a maximum of $10) to extend their parking privileges until 11:59 p.m. that day, using their regular debit card, credit card, PayPal or a prepaid credit card on the iParkMe app.

  • First 3 hours = free (once vehicle license plate is registered in the iParkMe system)
  • After 3 hours = $1/hr (maximum $10/day until 11:59 p.m. – with credit card, debit card or PayPal in iParkME system)

If additional overnight parking is required, visitors have the option to pay a flat rate of $7 per night, using their regular credit card, debit card, PayPal or a prepaid card in the iParkME system.

  • After 3 nights = $7/night flat rate

If a vehicle is parked in its assigned space and the owner/user has provided accurate license plate information to iParkME or OCH, then they will not receive a City of Ottawa ticket. Park Safe Inc.’s LPR technology only identifies vehicles that are not registered to park on OCH property or are parked in an unauthorized area.

If a vehicle owner/user receives a ticket and has proof that they were parked in their assigned or authorized area and were registered properly, they can contact OCH to request a ticket cancellation review.

All cancellation reviews should be called into OCH parking services at 613-731-1182, Option 6 ext. 2233 between 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Alternatively, vehicle owners can call the OCH 24/7 Call Centre at 613-731-1182, Option 1 or send an email to parking@och.ca

All cancellation requests will be reviewed by OCH parking services, but this does not guarantee that the ticket will be cancelled. Each decision will be based on the evidence provided.

Other ticket resolution options can be found on the back of the City of Ottawa issued ticket:

  1. Plead Guilty – early payment
  2. Plead Guilty with an Explanation – reduced fine consideration
  3. Plead Not Guilty – trial request.

Why the Change?

Tenants have been telling us that effective parking management contributes to a positive parking and living experience. OCH is responding by launching a new approach to parking monitoring services starting in April 2018. Changes will be completed in two phases:

  • Phase 1 is currently being implemented and focuses on visitor parking.
  • Phase 2 will be implemented later in 2018 and will focus on staff, contractor and community partner parking.

The new approach combines 24/7 parking lot monitoring and vehicle license plate registration. It has been proven that this approach reduces unauthorized parking in assigned spaces, as well as fire routes and other areas. Parking monitoring will be done by OCH and by an external agency.

OCH is working with Park Safe Inc, an innovative parking management company that currently monitors multiple lots across the city and has a proven record of success.

Park Safe Inc. uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) to identify vehicles that are not registered to park on OCH property. License plate recognition is a software that can detect, read and store video of a car’s license plate. It allows camera to capture a license plate number and compare it to a database of stored license plate numbers.

In addition to Park Safe, Community Safety Services will continue to monitor all OCH parking areas, including fire routes and private driveways and will respond to parking complaints reported to OCH’s 24/7 Call Centre at 613-731-1182.

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