Parking in the City

Parking in streets across the City is in very high demand. To balance competing demands for parking space, most City streets have time restrictions and sometimes ticket parking. Time limits help to ensure parking turnover in shopping precincts, limit commuter parking in residential neighbourhoods and encourage public transport use.

Residents, their visitors and small businesses in the local area may be eligible for parking permits.

A permit exempts users from most time limits and parking meter fees in specified areas, but they do not guarantee a parking spot on our busy streets.

New parking policy

Council endorsed the neighbourhood parking policy in May 2014. The policy applies to all City areas, excluding the city centre. It will be rolled out progressively across the City over 12 months from August 2014. The key changes in the policy are:

  • reducing 32 parking permit areas to 16
  • introducing daily visitor permits across all neighbourhoods (replacing yearly visitor permits where they currently exist)
  • introducing business permits in all areas (with tighter eligibility criteria). 

Find out more about the policy and how the changes might affect you.

Parking permit area maps

The City is divided into parking areas. Permits are valid only in the area where you live or operate a business. From August 2014 simplified parking areas across the City will begin. Some of the changes increase the area where a permit holder can park legally, and some confusing boundaries are being removed. Permit holders affected by any changes to their parking areas will be notified in writing. Check the maps page to find out about parking changes specific to your area.

Residential parking permits

Local residents may be eligible for a parking permit for the parking area where they live. Some buildings are restricted (see restricted properties below), which means the building's residents may not be eligible for permits.

Business parking permits 

A new business parking permit scheme will be rolled out progressively across the City from August 2014. The scheme has strict eligibility criteria.

The existing business permits in Pyrmont (area 20), Ultimo (area 14) and Glebe (area G) will be phased out from May 2016.

Visitor parking permits

A new visitor parking permit scheme will be rolled out progressively across the City from 2014. Eligible households can apply for a number of daily visitor parking permits based on how many resident permits they hold.

The permit is held by the household and can be given to a visitor to display on their car when they visit. It exempts the visitor from parking meter and time zone restrictions where the parking area number on the permit matches the parking sign.

Existing visitor permits in Ultimo (area 14), Millers Point (area 16), Pyrmont (area 20) and Glebe (area G) will be phased out after May 2016 and replaced with the new scheme.

Care worker parking permits

Parking permits are available for care workers who provide in-home services to local residents. When displaying the permit, the care worker's vehicle will be exempt from certain parking restrictions while the care worker is doing home visits.

Fees and permit restrictions

See our fees page for more information. Discounts apply for green vehicles. The City encourages using green vehicles as part of our efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Parking for people with a disability

People with a mobility disability may be eligible for a mobility parking permit. This permit, which is issued by NSW Roads and Maritime Services, exempts users from parking charges and time restrictions in any parking space of more than 30 minutes.

In addition, the City provides a number of designated mobility parking spaces.  

Restricted properties

If you live in a new property, you may not be eligible for a residential parking permit. When the City approves multi-unit residential developments (including major refurbishments and conversions), we often include a condition that restricts residents of the property from gaining a residential permit. 

This limits traffic congestion from new developments and protects existing on-street parking from excessive demand. It also ensures that new housing is affordable and sustainable.

Building owners and real estate agents must inform prospective buyers and tenants about any relevant restrictions.

The main restrictions apply to multi-unit 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. 

In Ultimo and Pyrmont, residents of certain developments approved after 2 November 1998 are generally entitled to 1 permit only.

In some other areas, a business permit may be issued for a restricted property, if a registered business is operating from the property, and provided that no residential permit has already been issued for the property.

To find out if your property is eligible for a parking permit, phone 02 9265 9333. 

Last updated: Tuesday, 5 August 2014