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Parking permits

Overview

Parking permits may be issued to allow permit holders to park at certain designated permit zone areas. Permits are issued under the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 and the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation 2000.

Australian disability parking permit

An Australian disability parking permit (also known as a mobility parking permit) may be issued to a person with a disability:

  • who cannot walk because of permanent or temporary loss of the use of one or both legs or another permanent medical or physical condition; or,
  • whose physical condition is detrimentally affected by walking 100m; or,
  • who needs to use a walking frame, crutches, callipers, a scooter, a wheelchair or a similar mobility aid; or,
  • who is blind.

Organisations are eligible for Australian disability parking permits if they provide transport for people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications for an Australian disability parking permit must be assessed by a legally qualified medical practitioner or specialist eye doctor.

A person who holds a Centrelink disability pension card, endorsed as 'Blind' is not required to be examined by a doctor, however the person's Centrelink disabilty pension card must be provided on application.

To apply for an Australian disability parking permit within the ACT, the applicant/organisation must reside or be based in the ACT.

There is no fee for an Australian Disability Parking Permit.

How to apply

Applicants and their doctor must complete an Application for an Australian disability parking permit (PDF 174KB) .

Organisations which assist mobility impaired clients may complete an Application for an Australian disability parking permit for organisation (PDF 158KB).

Completed applications may be lodged at any Access Canberra Service Centre.

Permit categories

There are three categories of mobility parking permits available in the ACT.

  • Temporary permits require certification from a medical practitioner and automatically expire after the set period, which can be three, six or 12 months.
  • Long term permits are issued if a condition may change and require medical certification every three years.
  • Permanent permits are issued where the person’s condition is permanent, and only require an initial medical certification.

Permit conditions and time limits

When travelling interstate permit holders should check local parking arrangements as they may vary.

Within the ACT, a mobility parking permit allows a person to park in the special wide bays reserved for mobility parking permit holders.

Each parking bay consists of a dedicated non-shared space with a shared area on one side of the dedicated space as shown in the diagram below.

Example of parking sapces with shared areas.

Some of the mobility parking permit spaces have a time limit which must be observed by the permit holder.

Mobility parking permit holders can also park free of charge in ticket parking areas, ACT Government car parks and on-street parking spaces that are free, but time restricted:

  • for up to two hours, if the time limit on the parking sign is 30 minutes or less; and,
  • for an unlimited time, if the time limit on the parking sign is more than 30 minutes.

Some privately operated car parks may charge parking fees.

Mobility parking permits do not allow the holder of the permit to park within specific specialised parking spaces such as loading zones, medical practitioners or bus stops.

Mobility parking permits are valid for use by the person to whom they are issued and no other. If you as the holder of the permit are not travelling in the vehicle it is an offence for any other person to display and use the permit. If you are not travelling in the vehicle it would be advisable to keep the permit with you to avoid possible misuse. You should also advise anyone else who may drive the vehicle in question of this.

Correct display of permit

In the ACT a mobility disability parking permit consists of the ACT mobility parking permit, displaying the permit number and expiry date, inserted into the clear plastic pocket of the Australian disability parking permit. Both permits need to be displayed together as a single permit and the permit number and expiry date must be clearly visible from outside the vehicle.

The Australian disability parking permit is correctly displayed if it is on the dashboard, or affixed to the windscreen, inside the vehicle or as close as practical to the front left side in a way that all permit details are clearly visible from outside the vehicle.

CIT student parking ticket

Full time CIT students who meet strict low income criteria may be eligible to apply for a CIT student parking ticket.

Students who are enrolled at Reid campus or the Tuggeranong Flexible Learning Centre and are on low incomes may apply.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an Application for a CIT student parking ticket (PDF 139KB) and provide:

  • a Centrelink card;
  • a health care card;
  • a pension card;
  • an AUSTUDY allowance statement; or,
  • an ABSTUDY allowance statement.

Applicants need to also provide their current driver licence and application fee.

Applications can be lodged at the CIT Student Services Reid campus.

Tickets are valid for one semester only.

Applicable car parks

Before parking, drivers should ensure they have a ticket for the specific area by checking the car park number displayed on a ticket machine located in the car park.

Tickets can be used in:

  • City car park numbers 17 and 18 - the unsealed car park located on the corner of Coranderrk Street and Constitution Avenue opposite the Reid campus; and
  • Tuggeranong car park number 1 - located at the corner of Anketell Street and Cowlishaw Street in Greenway.

Tickets do not authorise parking in other reserved parking areas.

Community nurse parking permit

Community nurse parking permits are issued for parking in restricted areas for authorised vehicles used by community nurses for the purpose of rendering medical attention.

Applicants must complete an Application for a parking permit (PDF 130KB).

Applications can be lodged at an Access Canberra Service Centre and there is no fee.

These permits do not authorise parking in other reserved parking areas. Before parking, drivers should ensure they have a permit for the specific area.

Government parking permit

Government vehicle parking permits are issued for parking in restricted areas for vehicles used by the Commonwealth or ACT Governments or a Commonwealth or ACT authority while being used for official purposes.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an Application for issue of government vehicle parking permit (PDF 133KB) and pay the application fee.

Applications may be lodged in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Permits are valid for 12 months

Guidelines for usage

A government vehicle parking permit may only be used for parking in government vehicle carparks when the vehicle displaying the permit is being used for the purposes of the government agency or authority to which it was issued. A government vehicle parking permit must not be used when the vehicle is being used for private purposes.

Permits do not authorise parking in other reserved parking areas. Before parking, drivers should ensure they have a permit for the specific area.

A permit may only be displayed in a vehicle which has the same registration number as the one printed on the permit and must be displayed inside the vehicle as near as practicable to the front or to the left side of the vehicle.

A permit is no longer valid after the expiry date printed on the permit.

A permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available.

Transfer of permit to a new agency or authority

If a vehicle displaying a government vehicle parking permit is transferred from one agency or authority to another, the new agency or authority must notify Access Canberra that it is to take responsibility for the use of the permit.

Applicants must complete a Change of details or replacement government vehicle parking permits (PDF 144KB).

Applications may be lodged at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by email or mail.

Permit renewal

Permits are valid for 12 months, and a renewal reminder will be sent out before the permit expires.

Applicants must complete an Renewal of government vehicle permit (PDF 134KB) and pay the application fee.

Applications may be lodged in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Returning permits

Government vehicle parking permits must be returned to Access Canberra when the vehicle displaying the permit is no longer to be used by an ACT or Commonwealth agency or authority. In most cases this will be when the lease of the vehicle expires and the vehicle is returned to the Fleet Manager.

The permits should be accompanied by a brief note explaining that the permits are no longer to be used by a government agency or authority. There is no refund for returned permits.

Permits can be returned in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Loading zone parking permits

Vehicles that are primarily designed to carry goods, can park in loading zones for the purpose of loading or unloading only.

Passenger vans, station wagons, hatchbacks and sedans are not classified as goods carrying vehicles. For an annual fee, a loading zone permit can be obtained for these vehicles.

Three types of loading zone permits are available for:

  • a ten minute time period valid for 12 months;
  • a 20 minute time period valid for 12 months; and,
  • a 30 minute time period valid for 12 months.

A free ten minute loading zone parking permit can be obtained for station wagons that are registered for business use.

These permits are not issued for a specific period of time, they are issued till the end of the registration period of the vehicle they are to be used on.

These permits can be renewed when you renew your registration, however this process is not automatic and you will have to apply for a renewal of your free ten minute loading zone parking permit as a separate transaction to your registration renewal.

How to apply

Applications for permits for station wagons registered for business use can be made at an Access Canberra Service Centre.

Application for other loading zone permit types can be made by completing an Application for a loading zone permit (PDF 184KB)and paying the applicable fee.

Applications may be lodged in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Guidelines for usage

A loading zone permit:

  • enables the authorised vehicle to stop in designated loading zones for the purpose of loading and unloading only;
  • does not permit parking illegally if a loading zone is not available;
  • for a motorbike the permit must be displayed on the left hand side; and
  • for motor vehicles fitted with a windscreen or fixed windows the permit must be displayed on the dashboard or inside of the front windscreen with permit details clearly visible from outside the vehicle.

Medical practitioner parking permit

Medical practitioner parking permits are issued for parking in restricted areas for authorised vehicles used by medical practitioners.

These permits do not authorise parking in other reserved parking areas. Before parking, drivers should ensure they have a permit for the specific area.

Three types of medical practitioner parking permits are available for:

  • an 'unrestricted' medical practitioner parking permit - for use in hospitals, pay parking and non-pay parking areas anywhere valid for 12 months;
  • an 'excludes city' medical practitioner parking permit - for use in hospitals, pay parking and non-pay parking areas outside of the city valid for 12 months; and,
  • a medical practitioner parking permit - for use in hospitals and non-pay parking areas valid for 12 months.

To apply applicants must complete an Application for a Parking Permit (PDF 130KB) and pay the relevant permit fee.

Applications may be lodged in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Resident parking permit

Resident's parking permits are issued for four areas in the ACT. The ACT Government is phasing out residential parking permits because they are not a fair and equitable approach to allocate highly sought-after public parking spaces. Parking turnover and availability for visitors and customers is particularly important in high-demand areas around the City Centre and the Parliamentary Triangle. On street parking is public property and the right to use it is shared equally by all.

These areas include:

  • Bega and Allawah Flats, which are Government Housing Trust flats;
  • Argyle Square; and,
  • Havelock House.

The vehicle to be parked must be registered in the name and address of the person applying for the permit.

A permit is issued to a specific vehicle only and is only valid when used on that vehicle. More than one resident permit may be issued to the resident of a single flat if all conditions are met for each vehicle.

How to apply

To apply applicants must complete an Application for a parking permit (PDF 130KB) and pay the relevant permit fee.

Applications may be lodged in person at an Access Canberra Service Centre or by mail.

Specific requirements for each area are detailed below.

Allawah Flats

Allawah Flats resident parking permit applications must be signed by a Housing ACT staff member and stamped with an official Housing ACT or Gateway Services stamp to certify that the person applying is a resident of Allawah Flats.

Bega Flats

Bega Flats resident parking permit applications must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Northside Community Housing or Canberra Community Housing for Young People or Community Housing Canberra and stamped with an official address stamp to certify that the person applying is a resident of Bega Flats.

Argyle Square

A vehicle may not necessarily be registered in the ACT, but the applicant must supply evidence of their occupancy of Argyle Square in the form of:

  • a copy of their tenancy agreement to be attached to the application; or,
  • a phone or utility bill in their name and at that address.

Where the application is approved the permit:

  • will show the permit number, registration number, month and expiry date;
  • will be endorsed with the name of the area the vehicle is allowed to park; and,
  • must be clearly displayed on the windscreen of the vehicle whenever it is parked in the resident car park.

Argyle Square is a private development and permits are valid for either six or 12 months.

Havelock House

A vehicle may not necessarily be registered in the ACT, but the application form must be signed by the Havelock House Manager to certify that the applicant is a resident.

Havelock House residents who have an unregistered vehicle may apply to obtain a three month resident parking permit in order to park at the Havelock House resident car park.

Where the application is approved the permit:

  • will show the permit number, registration number, month and expiry date;
  • will be endorsed with the name of the area the vehicle is allowed to park; and,
  • must be clearly displayed on the windscreen of the vehicle whenever it is parked in the resident car park.

Havelock House is a unit complex and permits are valid for 12 months for registered vehicles or three months for unregisterd vehicles.

Volunteer parking permit

Community organisations must apply for volunteer parking permits on behalf of the volunteers who work for the organisation. Individual volunteers are not able to apply.

Volunteer parking permits do not authorise parking in other reserved parking areas. Before parking, drivers should ensure they have a permit for the specific area.

How to apply

To apply applicants must complete an Volunteer parking permit application (organisations only) (PDF 164KB). There is no fee.

Applications may be lodged by mail or by email to parkingreview@act.gov.au.

Guidelines for usage

Volunteer parking permits are not valid for use in privately owned and operated car parks.

The two types of volunteer parking permits are:

  • short stay; and,
  • location specific.

Vehicles displaying a short stay volunteer parking permit may park in ticket or meter parking areas for free providing the time limit on the parking sign is not exceeded. Where the posted time is longer than two hours, free parking is available for two hours only. The permit will specify that it is a short stay permit.

Location specific parking permits are for use in ticket car parks only. Vehicles displaying a location specific permit may be parked for free for an unlimited time in specific ticket car parks. The organisation applying for the location specific permit must specify the address of the car park on the application. The permit will display the location and will only be eligible in specified car parks.

Forms and fees

Contact options

Online: Road Transport Authority feedback form

Phone: 13 22 81 - Access Canberra Contact Centre

In person: Access Canberra Service Centre

Mail: Road Transport Authority, PO Box 582, Dickson ACT 2602


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Updated 03/01/2018 01.21 AM

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