Council has the authority to determine where vehicles are permitted to park and if and what restrictions are to apply.
It can also make available disabled parking spaces and provide for loading, bus and taxi zones. However, any changes to these zones must be made in consultation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and service providers.
In general, council does not erect parking signs or paint marked parking bays for a single isolated business. As businesses change in an area, so may the parking requirements. As a result, council often acts on requests to change on-street parking arrangements.
While council officers enforce parking restrictions, only the CBD is regularly patrolled. The police are also able to enforce parking, but they will usually only take action where the situation is considered potentially dangerous.
Commercial businesses can apply for Commercial Vehicle Permit through council.
Frequently Asked Questions about Parking in Commercial Areas
Can I get parking bays marked to optimise parking near my business?
In general, parking bays are only marked to emphasise regulatory restrictions, complement parking signs or to optimise on-street parking. In some instances, painting bays may result in fewer vehicles being able to park along a section of the street.
If your business is part of a commercial precinct where on-street parking is in high demand, you can apply for marked parking bays by emailing or writing to council, advising of the location and reasons the marked bays are sought.
How do I have time-limited parking in front of my business changed?
If your business is part of a commercial precinct where on-street parking is in high demand, you can apply for the installation, or change, of time limited parking by emailing or writing to council, advising of the location, preferred hours of operation, maximum time limit and reasons for your request.
All applications are investigated. In some instances, the agreement of adjacent businesses will be required.
Please note, time-limited parking can be changed at council’s discretion.
How do I get the parking restrictions near my business enforced?
Council’s parking officers undertake enforcement during business hours and are not able to be across the entire city all the time. To request that parking officers visit your street, please call the Customer Service Centre on 1300 878 001.
The police are able to enforce parking restrictions outside normal business hours but will generally only take action where the situation is considered potentially dangerous.
How do I get a loading zone to assist with the delivery of goods to my business?
In general, council does not install a loading zone for any specific business. However if on-street parking near your business is in very high demand, and the delivery of goods is often difficult for you and adjacent businesses, then council will investigate an application for a loading zone.
How can I get the bus stop near my business relocated?
The decision where to locate bus stops is made by council in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the bus service provider.
The location is based primarily on bus passenger needs. Bus stops are generally only removed when there are changes to bus routes.
What requirements exist for new commercial developments to provide parking?
Under its planning scheme, council requires new developments to provide parking spaces and unloading facilities on-site. This particularly applies to large retail and office complexes.
Parking Top Tip
Avoid parking on the nature strip, leave driveways clear for residents to enter and exit their property and allow access for rubbish trucks and emergency vehicles when parking on the street.