The issue of Legal Front Yard (Pad) Parking has been brewing at Toronto City Hall for many years. I've called 10+ times over the years and received one of two answers. Sometimes it's "yes you can apply" but more often than not, there is a moratorium and "no, you cannot apply".
It's no longer simply about parking a car. The City Hall web site describes the issue thus:
"Many concerns have been expressed over the years about the negative impacts and environmental implications of front yard parking, including the detrimental impact on neighbourhood streetscapes, the elimination of on-street parking, interference with pedestrian activity, the elimination of landscaped open space, stress on trees and storm water run-off."
The new bylaw is now available for your perusal. If you have the patience to read through it, and if you know what ward you live in, you'll be able to learn what the answer might be on this day in 2008. Your Councilor can help or hinder, depending on their politics. Often the debate varies street to street.
One way to learn where you stand is to look around. Are you on the side of the street with no parking? You likely have a better chance. If you live on the parking side of the street, the neighbours won't be as willing to sacrifice a public parking spot for your personal parking spot.