Pay parking is used to ensure turnover and access to the scarce number of on-street spaces in areas of high demand.
Metered Parking Stalls
Nelson has approximately 750 parking stalls that are serviced by either a meter or a PayStation (kiosk). Paid parking is in effect from Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 25 cents for every 12 minutes ($1.25 per hour)
- Meters accept quarters, $1 coins, and $2 coins
- Most metered spaces have a 2-hour maximum. There are several blocks with 4-hour meters and one block with all-day meters.
- Be sure to read the label on the parking meter you are at. Parking longer than the posted maximum time is not permitted.
- When parking on the 400 and 500 blocks of Hall Street, pay at the PayStation located at the northeast corner of Hall and Baker Streets
- PayStations accept coins and credit cards
- View Paystation FAQs (PDF)
- Free motorcycle parking stalls are available throughout the downtown
Parking Regulations on Unsigned Streets
On-Street Commuter Parking (Cedar Street)
There are 21 all-day commuter parking meters on the 300 block of Cedar Street, between Front and Vernon, at a flat rate of $5 per day. Payment is either with $5 in coin at the meters, or by using a prepaid day pass. Day passes are available for purchase at City Hall, either one at a time or in bulk.
To use a Cedar Street day parking pass, the driver writes the licence plate and current date on the pass once parked at one of the commuter parking stalls and then places it on the dashboard. The ability to fill in the date allows the driver to use the pass spontaneously.
Nelson has one parkade located in the downtown core on the 400 block of Vernon Street.
Motorists parking for parking longer than 2 hours are encouraged to utilize the parkade. Day parking (8 hours) at a metered stall costs $10, whereas the daily rate in the parkade is $5.
Minimum Stay: 3 days