The City of Stratford offers over 800 parking spots in the downtown. The majority of the spaces are 3 hours meters, however, the meters around the outside of the downtown core are 12 hour meters.

Presently the parking rate is $1.00 per hour at the meters and Pay and Display machines.

Blue coloured meters are used to identify accessible parking spaces. Please display your permit and pay the meter when parking in these spots.

New Pay By Licence Plate Communication

In May 2017, the City of Stratford introduced three (3) new Pay-by-Licence Plate parking machines in the Lower Erie and Kalbfleisch lots. These units replaced the original pay and display machines.

Following completion of Phase I construction in Market Square, two (2) more Pay-by-Licence Plate units will be added.


The new Pay-by-Licence Plate units offer users a variety of advantages, including the ability to:

  • Pay by coin ($0.05, $0.25, $1, $2) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express);
  • Choose the option of a printed receipt; and
  • No longer need to return to the vehicle once payment has been made.

The new machines link every payment with a license plate number, therefore there is no longer a need to return to your vehicle for the purposes of placing a ticket on your dashboard.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pay By Licence Plate

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If you wish to make comments please send your email to City of Stratford Parking.