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Parking tips and rules for safe and legal parking

Parking

Avoid a parking fine by following these simple tips.

  • Read all signs - regulated parking areas are clearly sign posted and advise of parking requirements and time restrictions.
  • “No Parking” areas can be utilised for drop off and pick up, where the driver does not stay longer than 2 minutes and is within 3 metres of the vehicle.
  • Be aware of signs as some timed parking zones change during the day to become school zones, clearways or bus zones.
  • Do not stop at any time in a “No Stopping” zone, clearway or bus zone.
  • Only park in a “Loading Zone” if your vehicle is principally designed for carrying goods. Sedans are not permitted at any time.
  • Disabled zones are designated for vehicles with a clearly displayed valid RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit.
  • Do not park within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.
  • Ask a Council Ranger for assistance or advice regarding parking rules.

Parking rules - obey the signs

Parking sign Sign name What does it mean
no-stopping-sign.jpg   No Stopping Drivers are not permitted to stop in a “No Stopping” zone unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). Dropping off passengers or goods in these zones is an offence.
 bus-zone-sign.jpg Bus Zone Drivers must not stop in a “Bus Zone” unless driving a public bus, in the course of a paid regular service. 
 taxi_zone-sign.jpg Taxi Zone Drivers are not permitted to stop in a “Taxi Zone” unless driving a TAXI.

 no-parking-sign.jpg No Parking  Drivers may only stop for a maximum of two minutes in a “No Parking” zone for drop off or pick up of passengers or goods. The driver must not be more than three metres from the vehicle.

 Loading-Zone-Sign.jpg Loading Zone Only certain vehicles are permitted to use “Loading Zones” for short timeframes when loading and unloading goods or passengers in the course of business. “Loading Zones” may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.

 Limited Time Parking Zone.JPG Time limited parking area The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (e.g. '1P' means one hour parking; '1/2P' half hour parking). Once the time limit has been reached the vehicle must leave the area.

NOTE: The time limit displayed limits how long you may park in an area and does not refer to the individual parking space. Vehicles must leave the area (time zone) in which they are parked to comply with the time restriction. R-SA'>Loading Zones” for short timeframes when loading and unloading goods or passengers in the course of business. “Loading Zones” may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.

 
School zone School Zone  

Increased fines and loss of demerit points apply when certain parking offences are committed in an operating “School Zone”, including: 

  • Parking in a driveway or on a footpath
  • Stopping in a Bus Zone or No Stopping Area.
  • Stopping on or near a pedestrian or children's crossing
  • Double parking
  • Parking in a No Parking area for longer than allowed
 children crossing street sign Children Crossing  You are not permitted to stop within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing. 
 image depicting cars double parked Double Parking  A driver must not stop on a road between the centre of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road. 

Types of vehicles permitted to park in a loading zone

These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 30 minutes in loading zones: 

  • Any sized truck
  • A utlility vehicle
  • A panel van

These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 15 minutes in loading zones:

  • Station wagons
  • A 3 wheeled motorbike

Disability Parking Permits

 Disabled drivers with a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit displayed on the windscreen are entitled to the following parking concessions:   

  • When parking is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park all day.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign for 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for 2hrs.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for a maximum of 30 minutes.

You must display the new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with your NSW MPS permit to be eligible for parking concessions. The permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder. Heavy fines apply for misuse.

Full details regarding obtaining and using MPS permits are available from the Roads and Maritime Service - www.rms.nsw.gov.au

Parking near intersections, pedestrian crossings, driveways and footpaths

  • Drivers must not stop within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights unless it is sign posted otherwise. This extends to 20 meters if the intersection has traffic lights.
  • Drivers must not stop within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a children’s' crossing or pedestrian crossing.  
  • It is an offence for a vehicle to stop on a path/strip in an urban area unless there are permissible parking signs or a hard bay surface constructed for the purpose of parking. It is also an offence to park on or across a driveway or other property entrance. Council will exercise discretion in enforcing the rules in some streets where circumstances warrant such discretion.

Residential parking

Council is often called upon to help residents when parked or stopped vehicles are restricting local access and traffic flow.  This fact sheet773KB pdf(PDF, 773KB) will help you identify where vehicles can legally park and what Council can do to help when vehicles are affecting local access.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I have a 'No Parking' or 'No Stopping' sign to stop people parking close to my driveway?

  • It is illegal to park in a location that blocks or prevents access to a property. Council does not support the use of signs or line marking to reinforce Road Rules.
  • Drivers may stop across a driveway for a 2 minute period to drop off or pick up passengers but vehicles must not be left unattended.

This page was last updated on: 08 May 2019