City to Commonwealth-area resident: your yard is not a parking lot

With Beyoncé kicking off Commonwealth Stadium’s event season Friday night, the City of Edmonton is issuing a reminder to area residents that selling or providing parking spaces for stadium-goers on private property is illegal.

Allowing drivers to park in their driveway or on their lawn for a fee — usually $10 or $20 — was a common practice up until the early 2000s, when the city kiboshed the practice.

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    The city reminds residents that selling private parking spaces violate two bylaws and can be issued two fines: $450 for operating without a business licence, and $1,000 for operating without a development permit.

    As well, on-street parking is limited during major stadium events and only vehicles displaying a valid permit can park in the residential areas around the stadium. Vehicles parked illegally will be fined $75 and may be towed. To get your vehicle back, drivers will have to pay $120, plus a $35 per day storage fee.

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    Those going to the Beyoncé concert are encouraged to take the bus or LRT.

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    Starting at 6p.m. Friday, Park & Ride service will be available from six locations around the city. Regular ETS fares apply.

    Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the opening act set to begin at 7:30 p.m.