Traffic Bylaw No. 7200 regulates vehicular and pedestrian traffic within the City of Saskatoon. Items covered under the bylaw include intersection safety, traffic control, crosswalks, traffic signals, lane marking, speed limits and parking.
The Traffic Bylaw is enforced by City Bylaw Officers and the Saskatoon Police Service. Here are the answers to some of the most common Traffic Bylaw related inquires.
When a lane is closed for construction, you may have to zipper merge. As you see the "lane closed ahead" sign, stay in your current lane up to the point of merge. Then take turns with other drivers to safely and smoothly merge. Vehicles in the merging lane must signal and drivers in the through lane must each let one vehicle merge. Find more information and a diagram at saskatoon.ca/zippermerge.
Getting a permit to use the right of way
Maybe you're doing renovations and need to place a disposal bin on the public right of way in front of your house, or maybe you're modifying your driveway. Any use of the public right-of-way (ROW) requires a permit. The Traffic Bylaw enables the enforcement of fines for non-compliance. Learn how to apply for a ROW permit at saskatoon.ca/rowpermit.
Parking in residential areas
In residential areas, vehicles can park on a street for up to 72 hours, unless otherwise indicated on a sign. Anyone with a Residential Parking Permit or a Disability Permit must also observe the 72 hour limit. Recreational vehicles cannot park on a residential city street for more than 36 hours. Also, vehicles must be parked at least 10 metres from a corner or intersection and at least one metre from a private driveway or alley. To learn more about parking on residential streets and how to avoid a ticket, visit saskatoon.ca/parkingrules.
Parking in paid zones
Pay parking zones are Downtown, Broadway, Riversdale, River Landing and Sutherland as well as streets adjacent to St. Paul's Hospital and City Hospital. Payment must be made from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Payment is not required on Sundays or on statutory holidays. Find more information at saskatoon.ca/flexparking.
Entering licence plate numbers into pay stations or app
Please ensure you have entered the correct license plate information when paying for parking at a FlexParking station or when using the WayToPark app. If you make a mistake before confirming the session, just hit the cancel button and start again. Parking Enforcement Officers cannot search for a similar plate number or verify your payment with the wrong information. It is your responsibility to enter your plate number correctly. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/flexparking.
Paying a ticket
It may take up to two business days for a parking ticket to be entered into the parking system. When you receive a ticket, you can pay it online, in person, or by mail. See how at saskatoon.ca/parkingticket.
If you have received a Red Light Camera violation, payment must be made to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.
There's a lot for drivers to watch for in school zones, especially from September through June. Children, especially young ones, tend to think cars can stop instantly. To give drivers and pedestrians more time to react in an unexpected situation, the speed limit in all Saskatoon school zones is 30 km/h. The speed limit starts and ends at the posted speed signs and are in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, September to June (including statutory holidays). Learn more about school zone safety and rules at saskatoon.ca/schoolzones.
Roundabouts improve road safety, manage increased traffic demand, and help improve air quality by eliminating unnecessary stops and idling. In a roundabout, the vehicle on the right must yield to the vehicle on the left. When approaching a roundabout, slow down. When entering or exiting a roundabout, yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk. Look to the left, yield to all traffic in the roundabout, find a safe gap, and then go. Learn more about roundabouts at saskatoon.ca/intersections.
Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility. Visit saskatoon.ca/pedestrians to see the Pedestrian Crossing Policy and tips to cross safely.
Questions and comments
If you have a question or concern about something relating to the Traffic Bylaw, please get in touch through the Contact Us form or call the Customer Care Centre at 306-975-2476.