Residential parking permits
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Parking permits for residents
Parking permits are issued to eligible permanent residents for the parking area where they live. Permits exempt residents from time limits and parking meter fees in most nearby parking spaces where the signage includes the words 'permit holders excepted'.
In most City neighbourhoods households living in eligible buildings that do not have any on-site parking can apply for up to 2 permits. Households in the new Kings Cross area 19 can apply for up to 1 permit – see information below on zone A and B permit limits.
Residents of multi-unit properties built after 1996 are generally not eligible for a parking permit. See property restrictions section below.
Eligibility for residential parking permit
You may be eligible for a residential parking permit provided:
- you live permanently at your address located within the City boundaries
- you own your vehicle and its registration certificate shows your residential address
- your vehicle is not a trailer, caravan, truck, bus or tractor
- your property is rated residential
- you do not live in a 'restricted property' – see more information below
- you have less than 2 on-site parking spaces at your residence – see more below
- a residential parking permit may be issued to a company vehicle, with appropriate documentation. See point 1 of required proof.
Proof of residence and registration required
You must provide the following documentation:
1. Proof of registration of your vehicle.
We only accept a current registration certificate issued by the RMS, and the certificate must show receipt of payment. The vehicle must be registered in your name and to your residential address. If the car is a company vehicle, you must also have a letter from the company that states your home address confirming that you are a company employee and you have full use of the vehicle.
2. 2 pieces of documentation that show proof of residence.
These documents must show your name and residential address. Acceptable documents include: utility bill (electricity, gas, water), phone bill, bank statement, pension/health care card, current lease, driver’s licence, council rates notice, electoral card, or other official government correspondence. Documents relating to your vehicle cannot be used as proof of residence.
When you move house it can take a while to update your new address details. A temporary parking permit may be issued to tenants or owners of eligible properties. Contact the City for more information. Permits last for 12 months. We will remind you to renew your permit before it expires.
If you live in a new property, you may not be eligible for a residential parking permit. Check if your property is eligible for a parking permit.
When the City approves the construction, conversion or major refurbishment of multi-unit residential developments, we often include a condition that restricts residents of the property from gaining a residential parking 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, and provides more housing choices for households that do not need a car. 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, 1 business permit may be issued per restricted property, if a registered business is operating from the property, and provided that no residential permit has already been issued for the property.
Zone A and B permit limits
In the Kings Cross area (area 19 – former parking areas 19, 23 and 26), more parking permits have been issued than there are on-street parking spaces.
Consequently, households in this area (classified as zone A) are entitled to fewer resident and visitor parking permits. All other parking areas are classified as zone B, and are eligible for more resident and visitor permits.
Eligible households in zone A can apply for up to 1 resident permit. A household with an existing second permit or with 1 permit and an on-site space is able to renew that permit until they move.
Eligible households in zone B can apply for up to 2 resident permits.
On-site vehicle parking spaces
If you have off-street parking you are required to use it, regardless of the difficulty of parking in that space.
You are not eligible to apply for a permit if your on-site space is unusable for reasons within your control, such as the size or weight of your vehicle.
On-site parking is deemed to be available where it can accommodate a medium-sized passenger vehicle. In determining whether an on-site parking space exists, the City will have regard to:
- accessibility by a vehicle
- the presence of a garage door or roller door
- the existence of a vehicular kerb ramp
- the presence of a carport or garage structure
- evidence of the space being used for parking
- any approved or registered plans.
When you apply for parking permits you will be required to disclose on the application form how many on-site parking spaces you have. The City will maintain a record of on-site parking supply at each eligible residential or business address.
If your property has on-site parking, you will have a reduced entitlement to resident parking permits. For households in zone B the permit entitlements are:
- If your residence has no on-site parking spaces, you are eligible for 2 permits per property, provided both cars are registered to the address.
- If your residence has 1 on-site parking space and you have 2 cars registered to the property, you may be eligible for 1 parking permit.
- If your residence has 2 or more on-site spaces, you are not entitled to a parking permit.
For households in zone A, the parking permit entitlements are:
- If your residence has no on-site parking spaces, you are eligible for 1 permit per property, provided the car is registered to the address.
- If your residence has 1 or more on-site spaces, you are not entitled to a parking permit.
- If you currently have an existing second permit or have 1 permit and an on-site space you are able to renew that permit until you move.
A maximum of 2 permits are available per eligible property in zone B. This entitlement is reduced by the number of on-site parking spaces available for the property – see above. The 2 permits can be in different names and must be for different vehicles. A higher fee applies for the second permit issued to a household.
A business and a residential parking permit may be issued to the same property, if:
- the property is a residence with a registered business operating from that
- there is a vehicle registered in a business name at the same address.
See our fees page for more information.
How to Apply
City of Sydney02 9265 9333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident: Applicants for a resident parking permit must be permanent residents in the City of Sydney area. Resident owners, resident managers or resident caretakers who reside in pubs, small hotels, hostels, backpacker hotels or boarding houses are eligible to apply, subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria and having no on-site parking for their vehicles. Permits will not be issued to non-resident landlords, or guests of hotels, hostels or serviced apartments.
Last updated: Tuesday, 20 January 2015