Visitor parking permits
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Parking permits for visitors
Visitor parking permit scheme are available across the City of Sydney for eligible residential properties.
Permits will take the form of single-use, one-day 'scratchies'. The permit is held by the eligible household and can be given to a visitor to display on their car, to avoid time limits and parking fees.
Permits are only valid in the numbered area shown on permits and parking signs.
Existing visitor permits in Ultimo (area 14), Millers Point (area 16), Pyrmont (area 20) and Glebe (area G) will be phased out and replaced by the new scheme after May 2016.
How many visitor permits will I get?
The number of permits a household may be eligible for depends on how many resident permits they hold and whether their parking area is zone A or zone B.
Most households are in zone B. The annual allocation of visitor permits for eligible households is:
- 15 permits for those households with 2 resident parking permits
- 30 permits for those households with 1 resident parking permit
- 45 permits for those households with no resident parking permits.
For households in zone A (currently only area 19 Kings Cross and a small number of restricted properties in Pyrmont and Ultimo), the annual allocation of visitor permits for eligible households is:
- 10 permits for those households with 2 resident parking permits
- 20 permits for those households with 1 resident parking permit
- 30 permits for those households with no resident parking permits.
How long are visitor permits valid for?
Permits are only valid on the chosen date of use. To use, scratch the panels on the permit for the year, month and day of use. The permit is only valid if 1 date has been clearly scratched off.
Permits can only be used where the signs include the words 'permit holders excepted'. The area code on the permit must correspond to the area code shown on parking signs.
In areas where parking controls extend beyond midnight, the City will honour visitor permits until 8am on the morning following the marked day of use.
What vehicles can use visitor permits?
Only passenger and commercial vehicles under 3 tonnes, or a removalist’s truck can use a visitor permit. They are not valid for use on a caravan, box trailer or boat trailer.
Eligibility for visitor parking permits
Not all households will be eligible for visitor parking permits. Those excluded are:
- A household occupying a new or converted residential flat building approved since 8 May 1996 (former South Sydney) or 1 May 2000 (former Sydney City Council).
- A household occupying a dwelling approved with the condition that no parking permits are to be issued.
- A household with an on-site visitor parking space, including shared visitor spaces in multi-unit dwellings.
- A household occupying a secondary dwelling on a lot for which parking permits are already issued.
- A household occupying premises not approved for residential use.
- Hotels, backpacker hostels, guesthouses, and serviced apartments.
- A household occupying any other non-residential premises.
You must provide 2 documents verifying your residential address. These documents must show your name and residential address. Documents addressed to a Post Office (PO) Box will not be accepted.
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.
An administration fee is payable irrespective of how many visitor permits you are eligible to receive.
See our fees page for more information.
How to apply
Last updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2016