Parking Bureau

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic annual parking permits for commuter lots that expired on June 30, 2020 are extended until March 31, 2021 with a tentative renewal date of April 1, 2021.  Parking permit renewal applications will not be mailed out at this time since there may be a need to further delay renewals.  Residents who have questions about obtaining a new commuter parking permit or would like to add their names to the commuter lot wait lists can contact the Parking Bureau at 203-594-3040 or email  Metered parking fees in all commuter parking lots will continue to be suspended through March 31, 2021 and will not be enforced.

Business/Employee parking permit renewals will be mailed out on December 11, 2020.

Employees who have permits in the Morse Court, Park Street and Telephone lots will be renewed for the period of January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 at a six (6) month pro-rated fee based on the permit fee rates previously approved for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  This rate will include a 6.35% sales tax.

Employees who have permits in the Center and Locust lots will be part of a new experimental program of free downtown worker parking permits and will be renewed at "no cost" for the period of January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.  Any employee who does not have a permit in the Center or Locust lot can apply for a free permit in the Center or Locust lot by contacting the Parking Department at 203-594-3040 or email  This experimental program was initiated to make street parking and other lots available for visitors/customers.

Metered parking fees and enforcement will resume in all downtown parking lots on January 1, 2021.

Timed street parking, loading zones, no parking zones, handicap spaces and any other illegal parking will continue to be enforced.

What We Do
The Parking Bureau is responsible for managing most parking activities for the Town of New Canaan by attempting to maintain a safe parking environment for pedestrians and vehicle operations. 

The Parking Bureau provides a broad range of parking services and facilities to meet the parking needs of the town residents, businesses and visitors.  These services include, e
nforcing parking regulations, providing parking information, processing payments for all parking citations and parking permits, responsibility for pay machine collection, installation and maintenance of pay machines, issuing annual parking permits for New Canaan resident commuters and businesses and maintaining commuter permit wait lists.


Regulations that govern vehicular traffic, including parking, are contained in the General Statutes of Connecticut (state laws). These laws are supplemented by local regulations established by the Town's Parking Commission and/or Police Commission, and subsequently published in the Town Code.

Parking violations (tickets) are issued to a vehicle, not the operator of the vehicle.  However, the registered owner of the offending vehicle will received a deliquent violation notice if a ticket is not paid.  Fines may be paid by mail, in person at the Parking Bureau or by credit card online over the Internet.  There is a convenience fee of $3.50 per ticket for using the online payment system.  Unpaid fines double 14 days after the citation is issued.  Accumulations of five or more unpaid fines may result in immobilization (e.g. the "boot"). Citations may be appealed before the Parking Commission by giving written notice of intent to the Parking Bureau within 10 days of the date of citation. You may print out the Formal Hearing Request form from this Web site, fill it out, and return it to the Parking Bureau.

Parking is free and there is no enforcement on the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day - July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day


On-Street Parking

Free on-street parking is available on most downtown streets. Some spaces are reserved for handicapped users only and require a state issued handicap permit.  Parking time limits and on-street parking restrictions are shown by official signs on each street (and are strictly enforced).  A few spaces (in Morse Court) along sidewalk can be used free for only 15 minutes. Most on-street spaces allow parking for 2 hours.

Be sure that your car is parked entirely within any parking space lines on the street or next to curb, right (passenger) side of car next to curb except where signs permit, tires within 12" of curb (car centered with one tire 6" from curb in diagonal spaces). You must leave diagonal parking headed in the same directions in which you arrived. You may not park on a curb.

After parking the maximum-posted time limit on a street, you may not park again (on the same street) for at least 1 hour.

Be sure that you observe all markings and signs for restricted places (loading zones, crosswalks, fire hydrants, no parking zones, handicapped spaces, 25' from-street-corners, stop signs, etc.). Be careful not to obstruct the view or free passage of any driveway. Double-parking is not allowed (except for commercial trucks allowed 20 minutes maximum time to unload).

Where signs or markings are absent, state traffic regulations apply.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking on any street in New Canaan is prohibited from mid-November to mid-April between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Overnight parking is permitted in all municipal parking lots. Enforcement of the municipal parking lots will resume "next business day" at 9:00 am.

Metered Parking

Metered spaces are located in various parking lots around town. Depending on location,1 2, 3, 4,5, 6,7, 8, hour spaces are available (refer to parking lot directory for more information).

Train station metered spaces at the New Canaan station and Talmadge Hill will cover the parker until 11:59 p.m.

Please be advised that all Town "pay machines" have instructions for use on the machines.

All 3-hour meter spaces located in the Morse Court Lot require payment on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are free on Sundays and Legal Holidays.

All other meter spaces are free on Saturdays, as well as Sundays and Legal Holidays.

Contact Us
Main Telephone 203-594-3040
Fax Number 203-594-3126

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm



Stacy Miltenberg, Parking Manager  



Town Hall, 1st Floor
77 Main St
New Canaan, CT 06840