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N.B. Beginning 1 January 2017, price for the permanent placard is increasing to $23 and temporary permits will be $18.
Independent Living administers parking permits for people with disabilities. Established in 1985, the disabled parking permit program allows people with disabilities to legally park in designated zones throughout British Columbia.
Special parking allows people with mobility impairments to have access to buildings and services in the community. People who qualify for disabled parking permits need to park close to a building entrance because their health prevents them from walking very far or they need the extra width these parking stalls provide to get in and out of their vehicles when using a wheelchair, cane, crutches, scooter or other mobility aid.
Based on a doctor’s recommendation, anyone with a permanent or temporary mobility impairment is eligible for a permit. People who cannot walk more than 100 metres or who are legally blind are also eligible for a disabled parking permit. Organizations which transport people with disabilities may also apply.
Permanent permits are issued when your doctor believes there will be no change in your condition – your mobility impairment will always exist. Permanent permits are valid for a period of three years and then must be renewed. It is not necessary to have another form filled out by your doctor, simply come to our office and renew your parking permit or send the appropriate payment by mail. If sending by mail, please allow 2 to 3 weeks for processing.
Temporary Parking Permits — $18.00
Temporary parking permits are issued for a period of three months, six months or one year. Depending on how long your mobility impairment is expected to last, your doctor determines the length of time the parking permit will be issued for. Typical examples of when a temporary permit would be issued include recovering from a broken leg or recovering from surgery. If a temporary permit expires and you still require the use of a parking permit, you must have your doctor complete another application form.
Organization Permits — $25.00
Disabled parking permits issued to qualified organizations are valid for a period of one year. They are issued to organizations that transport people with disabilities as their main area of business.
Expecting Visitors? Temporary Permits — $18.00
Canada, United States and Europe have a reciprocal agreement for parking permits. Encourage your visitors to bring their disabled parking permit with them. If this is not possible, temporary permits are available for visitors from out of town. A completed doctor’s form is not required although we do require a local address.