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Pay stations will soon be replacing downtown parking meters

New system will be in place as of Sept. 23, will make parking more convenient, says the city
Pay stations are going to replace parking meters in downtown Sudbury. (Ryan Marcotte/

Parking downtown is about to get more convenient, as parking meters are being replaced with accessible pay stations.

The new pay stations will be in place as of Sept. 23. The city is installing 27 of the devices throughout the downtown, and they will be clearly marked with new signs and will include the parking zone number.

“This update is part of several initiatives to make parking more convenient for visitors to the downtown core,” said the city in a news release. “The new pay stations accept more payment methods than ever before and decrease the need to navigate around snow banks during the winter months.”

Parking patrons will simply input their licence plate and zone number into the pay machine or HotSpot app to register their vehicle as paid.

The pay stations are equipped to accept cash, credit, debit or tap. Parking patrons can also continue to pay for parking through the HotSpot Parking app on their mobile device.

There will be a transition period while meters are being switched to pay stations, said the city in a news release. During that time, parking patrons are asked to pay at the meter where available. If a meter has already been removed, patrons are asked to find the nearest pay station for payment with your licence plate number. 

On-street parking areas will be indicated with a number of signs, which will include the zone number, how to pay and maximum allowed time.

The downtown will be divided into two zones; one zone for Elm Street on-street parking and one zone for all other downtown on-street parking. As long as there is still time left in a parking session, a vehicle can be moved to another parking spot within the same zone.

Pay stations within municipal parking lots will not change. Patrons will still be required to display a ticket in the windshield of their vehicle showing proof of payment unless using the HotSpot Parking app.

This phase follows the launch of the HotSpot Parking app in June of this year. 

Since its launch, more than 2,819 parkers have registered approximately 10,400 parking sessions with HotSpot.
For more information, visit or phone 311. To provide feedback on the changes, phone 311 or email [email protected].


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