Q: Why do parking permits have a fee now?
A: On-street parking/curbside parking is public space managed by The City of Calgary for all Calgarians. As with all street parking in Calgary, managing parking demand and encouraging the sharing of public space is the primary goal, not to generate revenue. Though The City has modernized permits and enforcement in Residential Parking Zones to cut costs, the Residential Parking Permit program operates at a financial loss. By introducing new permit fees, the costs of administering the program will be recovered, thus contributing to the overall parking revenue allocation back into The City. This, in turn, provides an increased opportunity for surplus parking revenue, which is directly invested in community improvements through the Parking Revenue Reinvestment Program.