Visitor parking permits
Parking permits for visitors
A new visitor parking permit scheme will be rolled out across the City of Sydney from August 2014.
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 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 new area 19 Kings Cross – former areas 19, 23 and 26), the 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.
When will visitor permits be available in my area?
Visitor permits will be available progressively by parking area and it is expected that all eligible households will be able to apply for them by mid-2015. This website will be regularly updated with information on permit availability in each parking area.
Daily visitor parking permits are now available in the new parking areas of:
- West Paddington Area 15
- Millers Point Area 16
- Darlinghurst Area 17
- Pyrmont and Ultimo Area 20
- East Sydney Area 21
- Glebe Area G
- Woolloomooloo Area 28
- Centennial Park and South Paddington Area 13
- Kings Cross Area 19
- Surry Hills Area 18
- Newtown Area 22
- Chippendale Area 32
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.
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.
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. The standard fee is $50 and pensioners pay $13.
How to apply
To apply for a visitor parking permit download, complete and send the application to us.
Last updated: Monday, 16 March 2015