The council is the only authority permitted to erect signs or paint marked bays to control parking on streets, although this is generally not carried out in residential streets.
In the few instances where parking signs exist in residential streets, council officers are able to enforce restrictions. However, council does not actively enforce parking in residential areas.
The police are also able to enforce parking and will act on complaints received, but they will usually only take action where the situation is considered potentially dangerous.
Where no signs are erected in a two-way street, vehicles must park parallel to the left side of the street.
Frequently Asked Questions about Parking in Residential Areas
What can council do to stop vehicles from parking too close to my driveway?
According to Queensland Road Rules, motorists must not park across a driveway.
However, these rules do not stipulate how close a motorist is able to park to a driveway.
If you are able to enter and exit your property using your driveway, even if difficult, then the parked car is likely to be parked legally and council or police can take no enforcement action.
Does council install ‘no stopping’ signs next to residential driveways?
Council no longer installs ‘No Stopping’ signs either side of residential driveways because of high installation and on-going costs. In areas of heavy use, such as outside schools and shopping centres, council will consider painting parking bays or erecting parking signs on the street to indicate where parking is permitted.
Having a large number of signs in a street also reduces the aesthetics of a residential area.
When does council paint parking bays in residential streets?
Generally, council does not paint parking bays in residential streets, unless they are near a major facility such as a school, church, a commercial area or a community facility.
In cases where parking bays are painted, council seeks to allow a three metre clearance on the approach side and two metres on the departure side to better enable a motorist to enter and exit their property, while providing limited visibility to any oncoming vehicles when exiting.
How am I and my neighbours able to legally park in our narrow street at the same time?
According to Queensland Road Rules, motorists must position their vehicle with at least three metres of clear roadway alongside the vehicle to allow other road users and emergency vehicles to pass. Enforcement of this rule is the sole responsibility of the police.
Parking on the nature strip or footpath, and across a driveway or kerb ramp, is prohibited and can be enforced by council or police.
While motorists are permitted to park opposite a driveway, the safety of doing so and the inconvenience to your neighbour should be taken into account.
Can heavy and long vehicles park in my street?
A vehicle 7.5 metres or longer, or weighing 4.5 tonnes or more, can only park in a built-up area for one hour, unless the vehicle is loading or unloading for the entire time it is parked. This includes cars with caravans or trailers.
Again, enforcement of this Queensland Road Rule is the sole responsibility of the police.
Can I have resident only parking in my street?
No. Council is only able to restrict parking to a particular vehicle (such as an emergency vehicle) or types of vehicles (such as motorcycles, buses or disabled parking) or by time limits.
A car is always parked next to my house, it never moves. What can be done?
As long as the car is registered and is not parked in a time-limited zone, it can be parked on the street.
However, if you believe the vehicle has been abandoned, council can initiate a process to have the vehicle removed.