Our municipality has changed considerably since the last Parking Permit Policy was developed nearly 20 years ago. Community feedback shows an overwhelming desire for the existing Parking Permit Policy to be revised and improved, and access to carparking to be made fairer. Public carparking is a limited resource in Port Phillip. As our population grows, on-street parking will be harder to find.

The Policy recognises the community's desire to create and maintain a high level of liveability, mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide greater transport choices. As such, the new Policy supports better use and reallocation of available public space to make alternative modes of transport more efficient and effective in the face of rapid population growth.

Implementing a new Policy is a part of Council's plan to address the increasing demand on our limited public spaces. The new Parking Management Policy will also respond to the challenge of impending population growth across our City by aligning with Council's Move, Connect, Live: Integrated Transport Strategy 2018-28.

Summary of changes

The new Parking Management Policy ensures that we meet current and future requirements, supporting a high-quality urban lifestyle, and responds to the trade-offs required to achieve this in an increasingly overcrowded road space. In order to achieve this, the policy will implement a number of changes over the next four years.

Parking permit areas

The priority for Council in developing the new Parking Management Policy is to create fairer and more flexible residential parking areas that aim to:

  • better meet local parking demand
  • reduce frustration and traffic congestion caused by not being able to find a space
  • make parking more accessible to the whole community when and where it's needed.

Find more information about the new Residential Parking Areas.

Existing permit holder entitlements

Existing applicants are defined as 'residents who reside at the same eligible property and held any number of current valid Resident, Visitor and Combined Parking Permits on the Policy implementation date (1 July 2021)'.

Existing applicants will be able to access the following permit types until 1 July 2025. After 1 July 2025, all entitlements will follow the 'new applicant' entitlements.

Permit typeMaximum number
Resident, Combined and Visitor Parking Permits3 (any combination of the permit types, with a maximum of 2 Visitor permits)
Foreshore Parking Permit3

New applicant entitlements

New applicants are defined as 'any applicant applying for permits at an eligible property for the first time after the Policy implementation date (1 July 2021)'. The following limits apply for new applicants from 1 July 2021 and will be fully adopted by all residents from 1 July 2025.

Permit typeMaximum number
Resident or Combined Parking Permit2 (any combination of the permit types)
Visitor Parking Permit1
Foreshore Parking Permit1

Note: the permitted number of Resident or Combined Parking Permits are reduced if the eligible property has a driveway or street access via a crossover.

If the driveway or crossover is:

  • less than six metres wide, the number of Resident or Combined Permits reduces by 1
  • more than six metres wide, the property is ineligible for Resident or Combined Permits

Where the eligible property is a higher density dwelling (apartment block, units etc) and the property has one or more driveways, the number of Resident or Combined Permits reduces by one for each dwelling.

Parking Management Policy

The changes take effect on 1 July 2021.

Download the Parking Management Policy adopted February 2020, updated May 2021 (PDF 1 MB).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Permit fees and revenue

Local roads including on-street parking spaces, are funded by Council with very little funding from other levels of government. Parking fees and permit fees help to maintain these road and parking assets.

The City of Port Phillip doesn’t incorporate these fees into our rates charges. Only those who use the parking spaces pay for their use.

More parking permit information

To access more information or general FAQs about parking permits in the City of Port Phillip, please visit parking permits.

For any questions or more information, contact us.

Fees and charges