Parking permits

Parking permits

Parking in the City

Parking in local streets is in very high demand. The City of Sydney uses time controls and parking meters to:

  • protect residential streets from commuter parking
  • encourage public transport use to the city centre
  • ensure parking turnover in shopping precincts. 

Parking permits for residents

Local residents may be eligible for a parking permit, which does not guarantee you a parking spot but you will be exempt from most time limits and parking meters in your area.

There are a number of restrictions that apply to using and applying for residential parking permits.

Discounts are available if you own a greener vehicle.

Visitor and business permits

The City's new neighbourhood parking policy allows for business and visitor permits to be made available in your area over the next 12 months.

Currently, however, visitor permits are only available in Pyrmont (Area 20), Ultimo (Area 14), Glebe parking area, Millers Point (Area 16) and parts of Alexandria.

Business parking permits are currently only available in Pyrmont (Area 20), Ultimo (Area 14) and the Glebe parking area.

Parking areas

The City is divided into 32 parking areas. Permits are valid only in the area where you live.

Over the next 12 months we will simplify some parking areas to increase the area where a permit holder can park legally, and remove confusing boundaries.

Permit holders will be notified in writing before any changes.

Residential parking

Restricted properties

The City's planning controls do not require parking provisions for all new apartments. This helps ensure new housing is affordable and sustainable while it also provides more choice for households that do not need a car.

New developments can however increase local traffic congestion and place street parking under pressure. To reduce these impacts some properties are not eligible for parking permits due to planning approval conditions applied to developments:

  • approved after 8 May 1996 in the former South Sydney Council area
  • approved after 1 May 2000 in the former Sydney City Council area

Some properties in Pyrmont and Ultimo have specific restrictions reducing the number of permits that can be issued.

To find out if your property is eligible for a parking permit, call the City on 02 9265 9333.

Last updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014