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Return to Paid Parking Effective September 1, 2021

NOTICE:

Fall Parking Permits will be available online for purchase on Tuesday, August 3rd 2021.

With the planned return to campus in the fall term, paid parking will resume on both the Keele and Glendon campuses effective September 1, 2021. Community members will continue to have access to a range of daily and monthly parking options to suit different schedules and needs. In addition, a new transitional parking option is being offered for the fall term to provide parking on a flexible basis at a discount to regular daily rates.

* Please note that parking continues to be complimentary until August 31, 2021 for community members approved to be on campus. Although there is no expectation to pay or have a parking permit, we do require that individuals park their vehicles in a designated parking stall.  Parking on fire routes, service spaces, reserved day & night spaces, laybys, 15-minute pick up and drop off zones, sidewalks, walkways, daycare, accessibility, and snow routes is strictly prohibited.

NEW Transitional Multi-Pack Parking Pass. Available for Purchase Sept 1, 2021.

A new transitional parking option will be offered for the fall term that provides the flexibility of daily parking at a discount to regular daily rates.  The Daily Multi-Pack is a flexible prepaid pass available through the HONK Mobile app that provides 10 full-day parking sessions usable within a 30-day period (starts the first day you purchase it).  Depending on the pass and the number of times it is used during the month, the Multi-Pack provides savings of up to 40% off daily rates.  Two packs are available:

  • The Surface Lot Multi-Pack is valid at all hourly/daily surface lots and on-street parking areas
  • The Garage Multi-Pack is valid at the parking garages and includes all other hourly/daily surface lots and on-street parking areas.
Parking Lot/Area10-Use Multi-PackEquivalent
Daily Cost
Equivalent
Monthly Permit
Surface/On-Street$100$150$131.08
Garage$120$200$144.64

Hourly/Daily Parking

Hourly/daily parking continues to be available at many on-street locations, surface lots and garages.  All hourly/daily parking is facilitated through your license plate, which is registered when payment is made.

Payments can be made at the pay stations located in the parking areas.  In addition, contactless payments are now available through HONK Mobile.  HONK Mobile enables new payment methods including Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal in addition to VISA and MasterCard.  HONK Mobile payments can be made using an iOS or Android mobile device by either:

  • Downloading the HONK Mobile app from your device’s app store
  • Tapping your phone at one of the HONK Tap signs located in each parking area

Please note:  Like at surface lots, hourly/daily parking in the garages will also now require payment upon arrival.  Payment in the garages for hourly/daily parking is made exclusively through HONK Mobile.

Sessional Permit Parking

Sessional parking permits will be available for purchase online only.

Access to Outer Reserved and Reserved Permit lots will require a permit; daily payment access to these lots is not being provided at this time.

Clients who held a Reserved or Garage permit in March 2020, but do not want to purchase a permit in 2021-22, can have their space held until May 2022.  Permits not renewed in May 2022 will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Employee Continuous Parking Permits (Payroll Deduction)

When the University moved to remote services in March 2020, all payroll deductions were cancelled.  Since previous continuous permits were last renewed in 2016, clients wishing to purchase a Continuous parking permit will need to submit a Continuous permit application. The Continuous permit application and the payroll deduction forms have been combined into one form to streamline the process.  Additional information about this process will be sent by email to all previous Continuous permit holders.

Clients who held a Continuous Reserved or Garage permit in March 2020, but do not want to purchase a permit in 2021-22, can have their space held until May 2022.  Permits not renewed in May 2022 will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

While community members can choose from any of the available parking options based on their needs or preferences, the following demonstrates common scenarios and recommended options based on cost:

Parking on campus ONE time per week or less:

HOURLY/DAILY PARKING would be most cost effective.

Parking on campus TWO times per week or up to 10 times per month:

The new daily HONK MULTI-PACK would provide both flexibility and value.

Parking on campus THREE or more times per week:

Sessional/ Continuous Payroll Deduction virtual permit would continue to be the most cost-effective option.

Parking Services has implemented a number of digital enhancements to improve the customer experience by streamlining services and removing friction with processes and equipment. These initiatives include:

QLess virtual queuing system

Enhanced online permit purchase system

Virtual license plate-based permits

HONK Mobile payments for all hourly/daily parking locations

Mobile license plate recognition technology

Elimination of entry/exit gates in all permit lots and garages

FAQs

Sessional parking permits will be available online ONLY, beginning Tuesday August 3, 2021 through our Online Portal.

Parking Services has now transitioned to virtual permits and gateless lot access. Therefore, hang tags and access cards/transponders are no longer required. Please recycle or dispose of these items as you deem fit.

Parking Services is moving to an online ONLY permit purchase process for sessional parking permits. Sessional permits are purchased online, by fax or mail. Parking Services is now offering virtual communication with a Live Agent via ZOOM.

Online permit purchases can also be made with a VISA/Debit or Mastercard/Debit. Applications can also be accepted by mail with a cheque or Money Order made payable to Parking Services, York University.

If you enter your permit lot and there are not spots available, please contact parking services at 416-736-5335.

Parking permits are valid only in the lot they were purchased for.

Continuous parking permits will not be sold online. Full time staff and Faculty can access the continuous application online and submit along with a copy of their vehicle ownership via email to parking@yorku.ca or glendonparking@yorku.ca.  Applications will also be accepted by mail or fax to (416) 736-5874 for Keele Campus or (416) 487-6806 for Glendon campus. Additional instructions will be sent out to staff and faulty who had a continuous permit in March 2020.

Clients who held a Reserved or Garage permit in March 2020 (Continuous or Sessional), but do not wish to purchase a permit for 2021-22, can have their space held until May 2022. Permits not renewed in May 2022 will be offered to the next person on the waitlist. You do not need to take any action to have your space held.

An email request to parking@yorku.ca or glendonparking@yorku.ca must be submitted before the May 2022 deadline for consideration.

Parking Services typically renews Continuous parking permits every five years to keep personal and vehicle information current and up to date. Continuous permits were last renewed in 2016. Staff and Faculty wishing to purchase a Continuous parking permit will need to submit a new Continuous application and vehicle ownership(s).

Waitlist requests are accepted by email only.  For Keele campus, please email parking@yorku.ca and for Glendon campus, glendonparking@yorku.ca.  Please include all contact information including name, phone number,  email address and the lot you would like to be added to. Waitlist requests are restricted to a maximum of two lot choices.

HONK Multi-Packs will not be valid in Reserved permit lots (West Office Building, Lumbers or Nelson Rd lot).

The Surface Lot Multi-Pack is valid at all hourly/daily surface lots and on-street parking areas.

The Garage Multi-Pack is valid in the parking garages and includes all other hourly/daily surface lots and on-street parking areas.

The HONK Transitional Multi-Pack is only available through the HONK Mobile app.

The prepaid HONK Multi-Pack offers 10 full-day parking sessions to be used within a 30-day period.  Your 30-day period starts the first day you purchase it. After the 30-day period has ended, any unused sessions expire and are non-refundable.

The HONK Transitional Multi-Pack is only available through the HONK Mobile app.

Multiple vehicles can be registered through the HONK APP and individually selected for use when redeeming daily parking from the Multi-Pack.

Yes, payment at the Pay machines in the surface/on street lots will still be available and will accept coin or YU-card for payment.

We strive for consistency in how parking lots are classified and how rates are applied, but there can be variations for several reasons.  In 2019 the Board of Governors approved the reclassification of the Shoreham Drive and Rideau Road lots from Unreserved to Outer-Reserved, making them consistent with similar lots on the Keele campus. To help mitigate the impact of this change on Unreserved permit holders, the change was phased in over two years and completed effective May 2021.  Except for that change, monthly permit prices have not increased since May 2016 despite annual increases in operating costs.

At Glendon, prices for parking in the Upper Lots is consistent with Keele campus Reserved permit rates.  The Glendon Lower Lots have a much different geographic context and are priced accordingly.

Much consideration was given to parking plans for the Fall term to provide community members with a range of options and flexibility at various price points, given the potential for a variety of different transitional work schedules, while considering operational and technical feasibility, lot capacity management, and the overall rate structure. Plans were also compared with other Ontario institutions, most of which returned to paid parking at their regular rates last year and without additional options such as the multi-day pack.
Community members have a range of choices between hourly/daily, multi-day pack, and permit options to suit different circumstances and preferences. Monthly/sessional parking permits have always been intended for those parking on campus three or more times per week, and they continue to provide savings of up to 40% compared to daily rates at three days per week. Prorating permits for partial days/weeks is not feasible. Depending on travel patterns, the new daily multi-pack option may also be a good choice, and it enables clients to park in premium locations at a discount of up to 50%. For some, daily parking may be the best choice. Parking Services staff are available to help clients plan their commutes and arrive at the best option. Please contact us.

Parking remains complimentary for those required to be on campus until September 1, 2021. Students, faculty and staff who are required to be on campus on or before August 30 are not required to pay.

The capacity of the Pond Road lot was reduced by approximately 50% due to the expansion of the Quad residence development. However, parking remains available on a first come, first served basis. Parking may also be available in the adjacent Haynes Road lot at the same Outer-Reserved rate. Clients are encouraged to contact Parking Services to discuss their available options.

The new transitional Multi-Pack option is available through the HONK system and requires the use of the HONK mobile app.  Individuals who do not have a compatible smartphone, can continue to purchase daily parking from the pay stations located in the hourly/daily parking areas.