Dalhousie is contracted with HotSpot for parking services. Individual license plates indicate whether or not you have paid for parking. This is called a VIRTUAL PERMIT.
  • To purchase a permit (Annual or term), you will use the HotSpot website  
  • To purchase short-term parking, use the HotSpot App on your phone. (There is a small fee to use the HotSpot App.)

The Agricultural Campus does not require a parking permit. Vehicles do not need to be registered. For those from the AC who travel to Halifax Campus please use short term parking through the HotSpot app.

Accessible and Reserved parking spaces require special permits and are not for general use. Ownership of a permit is not transferable. Only one permit per person allowed but more than one license plate may be added to an account for those who own more than one vehicle. 
Parking pass support is available by calling HotSpot at 1-855-712-5888
Your license plate is now seen as your parking permit.

How to purchase parking  

Faculty, Staff and Students


Purchase yearly virtual permits below through the HotSpot website NOT the HotSpot App.

(If you do not see the type of permit you wish to purchase, email

Pay by credit or payroll deduction online. To pay by cheque, cash or debit please visit the security house at 1252 LeMarchant Street.

Short-Term Parking

Coming to Dal for a meeting, one class or just one day?

You must download the HotSpot App on your smartphone. Learn how on this webpage HotSpot Parking Transit Taxis Homepage (

Watch a video here HotSpot Parking at a Meter - YouTube

If you do not have a smart phone and cannot access the HotSpot App you can still use coins at a limited number of meters on the Halifax campuses. 

Purchase of a General Virtual Permit does not guarantee a spot

We sell more general permits than we have spots to allow for people who come and go from campus throughout the day. Refunds are available for all types of parking permits within 30 days of purchase.

Only those who purchase RESERVED Virtual Permits are guaranteed a spot.

Parking - FAQs

Learn more about parking here with our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Parking Maps

See PDFs for daytime and evening parking options on the Halifax campuses.