Use the Secure Web Portal to purchase your parking in the form of an ePermit, available in increments of week, month, term or annual. ePermits are immediately valid from time of purchase so there is no longer a wait time to receive a hang tag in the mail.

Your vehicle's license plate number is required to associate it to your new ePermit and you will need a valid AMEX, MasterCard or Visa credit card to process your payment.

PaybyPhone & PaybyPlate FAQs

No. These areas are now under the umbrella of the LPR system. When you provide your license plate number, it will be entered into the system.

The daily parking rates on the campus will automatically revert to the night parking rate at 5 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends. The process for paying for daily parking will be the same for both day and night. Short term / hourly parking will remain at the posted hourly rate and will not change.

There will be no change. Anyone parking in the designated stalls for persons with a disability will be required to pay for parking and display a valid SPARC permit.

In the short term lot #7 (adjacent to the Sportsplex), persons with a disability parking in the designated handicap stalls will be able to purchase the short term hourly rate or select the daily rate depending upon which rate is more beneficial for the time staying on campus.

Once you've entered your license plate number and your payment (by coin or credit card), the meter will process the transaction in approximately ten seconds. This is based on testing of the pay stations at other locations and is dependent on the internet provider's link.

There are 6 pay stations strategically place throughout the campus. Two of these are conveniently placed inside the Birch Building which is the busiest building on campus.

The placement of the 2 pay stations inside the front entrance of the Birch Building will make for a more pleasant experience on those dark, wet and cold nights as they are inside protected from the weather and are under bright lights. Note: you do not need to go back to your vehicle to put your receipt on the dash.

We have implemented a short delay in our system to allow a person sufficient time to arrive at and pay at one of the pay stations.

We do encourage people to use the convenient PaybyPhone app as this will eliminate the need to walk to a meter.

Whether you pay at a pay station or use PaybyPhone, as soon as you have completed the transaction the information is immediately transmitted to our Pay by Plate system and your parking is valid.

Yes. PaybyPhone will allow you to process your payment for parking before you even leave home. Just enter the PaybyPhone lot number you will be parking in, enter your license plate number and choose the daily rate for that zone. When you arrive on campus, you can park in the lot you selected.


PaybyPlate is the LPR (License Plate Recognition) system that identifies the vehicles with paid or unpaid parking on the campus. PlaybyPlate is linked to a computer in the parking patrol vehicle. This allows for smooth and efficient patrolling of the parking lots on campus.

PaybyPhone is a method of payment using an app on your cellphone, on your computer or by phone call. Your license plate number is required to complete the payment and when doing so an update is immediately sent to the PaybyPlate system to confirm your vehicle has valid payment for parking.

The PaybyPlate and PaybyPhone systems are complementary and communicate the data securely, seamlessly and in real time.

There are three methods available for purchasing pay parking on the campus:

  1. Pay at the Pay Station
    You can pay at the pay stations located around the campus. Two pay stations are located inside the Birch Building at the base of the main staircase. Pay stations accept coins or credit cards. All pay stations are PCI compliant for processing secure credit card transactions.
  2. PaybyPhone
    This is an easy and convenient method of payment using the PaybyPhone app, paying online or by calling in your payment.
    If you are not already a PaybyPhone user a one-time registration is required.

    Helpful tips and to register for the PaybyPhone service are available.
  3. PaybyPlate - ePermits by Week, Month, Term or Annual
    ePermits are purchased from the Secure Web Portal. The ePermits are sold at a discounted rate from the daily parking rate and are extremely convenient and cost effective if you frequently park on campus. Visit Permit Prices to determine how to get your best value.

    If you purchase a term or annual ePermit, you will be able to register up to three vehicle license plate numbers against the ePermit. This will be handy if you drive multiple vehicles to work or wish to share time with another person. Be sure to have only one of these vehicles on the lot at a time or ensure the second vehicle has paid for parking if both must be here at the same time. The PaybyPlate system will recognize and only allow one plate at a time to use the ePermit.

No. Only the North Vancouver campus has pay parking and is the only location to implement the PaybyPlate system.

When purchasing parking, the vehicle license plate number is required. The PaybyPlate system then records the plate and immediately issues a 'virtual' parking pass for the time period purchased. The paid parking is tied directly to the license plate that is entered into the system.

You may have up to three licenses plate numbers associated with your ePermit but only one vehicle can park on campus at any time. Parking more than one vehicle on campus requires additional parking payment based on the applicable daily rate.

There is no requirement to place a paper ticket on the vehicle dash as this is virtual paid parking.

While no paper ticket will be issued, as the system ties the payment to your license plate, there is the option of requesting a receipt if you require one for your records.

The paid parking is non-transferable since it is tied to the license plate number There is the option for multiple license plates if you purchase a term or annual permit.

The best part of PaybyPlate - you just pay and walk away.

LPR stands for License Plate Recognition. This is the technology used for the PaybyPlate system. When a customer buys an ePermit (virtual permit), they must enter their vehicle license plate number to complete the payment. The ePermit and license plate number are linked. A camera mounted on the parking patrol car will read the license plate on a parked car and alert the patroller if payment has not been made and signals for the patroller to issue a violation notice.