Banff Parking Proposal

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The Town of Banff has concluded the consultation on the proposed parking plan.

Thank you to the residents who participated over two phases of consultation in 2019 and 2020, providing over 1,100 submissions with more than 45,000 comments on the elements of the proposals.

Banff Town Council has directed administration to implement Visitor-Pay Parking and the Resident Permit System in spring 2021, based on the revised plan developed with public consultation.

Parking challenges, traffic congestion, the cost to local property taxpayers, and the environmental impact associated with the millions of visitors who come to Banff by car every year continues to affect us all.

As a town limited to 4-square-kilometres in size, Banff will see parking and traffic issues increase. This plan helps protect parking spaces for residents, while increasing the availability of parking spaces in the busy downtown.

The plan has 4 elements:

  • Free parking permits for residents living on downtown residential streets
  • Visitor-pay parking in the downtown core
  • Free 3-hour parking in the paid area for residents who register their vehicles with the Town
  • Free, 9-hour parking for visitors and commuters in the Bear Street Parkade upper 3 levels, on Bow Avenue parking and in the 500-stall Train Station Public Parking Lot.

Please review the What We Heard Reports and the Revised Draft Parking Plan - Phase 2 in the Document Library and visit Banff.ca/Parking for details on the implementation in 2021.


The Town of Banff has concluded the consultation on the proposed parking plan.

Thank you to the residents who participated over two phases of consultation in 2019 and 2020, providing over 1,100 submissions with more than 45,000 comments on the elements of the proposals.

Banff Town Council has directed administration to implement Visitor-Pay Parking and the Resident Permit System in spring 2021, based on the revised plan developed with public consultation.

Parking challenges, traffic congestion, the cost to local property taxpayers, and the environmental impact associated with the millions of visitors who come to Banff by car every year continues to affect us all.

As a town limited to 4-square-kilometres in size, Banff will see parking and traffic issues increase. This plan helps protect parking spaces for residents, while increasing the availability of parking spaces in the busy downtown.

The plan has 4 elements:

  • Free parking permits for residents living on downtown residential streets
  • Visitor-pay parking in the downtown core
  • Free 3-hour parking in the paid area for residents who register their vehicles with the Town
  • Free, 9-hour parking for visitors and commuters in the Bear Street Parkade upper 3 levels, on Bow Avenue parking and in the 500-stall Train Station Public Parking Lot.

Please review the What We Heard Reports and the Revised Draft Parking Plan - Phase 2 in the Document Library and visit Banff.ca/Parking for details on the implementation in 2021.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Town of Banff is seeking feedback on a revised Parking Management Proposal – called the “Revised Proposal (2020)” in this survey. The initial version of this proposal – called “Draft Proposal (2019)” – was presented to Banff residents, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders for feedback from November 2019 to February 2020. Approximately 720 people participated and offered feedback in response to the proposal. The Town considered all input and is now presenting a revised proposal for feedback. This revised proposal responds to the concerns and ideas put forward, while meeting the project goals of protecting parking for residents and providing greater access to available parking spaces for everyone.

    The main revisions are to charge visitors for parking downtown (residents would have 3 hours free), and no fee is required for unlimited resident parking permits per dwelling for downtown residential streets.

    Before starting this survey, please read the accompanying Revised Parking Management Proposal document to review what was proposed in the initial Parking Management Proposal, the key take-aways from the feedback we received, and how we have revised the Parking Management Proposal to reflect the input gathered.

    Consultation has concluded
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