Parking in Port Phillip

As a densely populated inner city area, a tourist destination and popular entertainment district, the City of Port Phillip faces some significant parking and traffic congestion challenges.

Even though we have parking and traffic congestion challenges, we're not alone in this. All of Melbourne's inner city municipalities face the same challenges.

Current parking restrictions

Please visit Events, services and program changes for the latest updates about parking restrictions during COVID-19.

Requesting a parking officer

You can request a parking officer to investigate a suspected illegally parked vehicle between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm, 7 days a week, by contacting Council.

Council's parking officers will respond to after hours calls for urgent parking issues such as blocked driveways, dangerously and illegally parked vehicles.

Policies and strategies

Port Phillip is commitment to supporting a well-connected transportation future for our City, to make it easy for people to move around and connect with places in a way that suits them as our City grows.

Council's commitment is guided by a range of transport and parking strategies, policies and plans.

This includes the Parking Management Policy, which was endorsed at the 19 February 2020 Council meeting. Most changes will come into effect 1 July 2021 or 1 July 2025.

Note, the current Parking Permit Policy remains in place until 1 July 2021.

Property subject to Council's 'No Parking Permit' Policy

Council's 'No Parking Permit' Policy prohibits the issue of resident and visitor parking permits to owners and occupiers of certain properties.

Council resolved in 1997 and then extended the policy application again in September 2002 to implement a 'blanket' policy refusing owners/occupiers of certain residential developments from participating in Council’s Parking Permit Scheme. The policy applies to all new residential development, where there is an increase in the number of residential dwellings on the lot, irrespective of the level of on site parking provided.

The policy was implemented to continue Council's desire to achieve six fundamental objectives, which are to:

  • ensure new developments are 'self-sufficient' in car parking provision;
  • minimize the on street parking impact of new developments;
  • encourage greater consideration of sustainable transport modes;
  • reduce the impact of the car on the local community and environment;
  • optimise the availability of kerb side space for existing resident and visitor parking permit holders
  • minimise future traffic growth and likely congestion.

Permit eligibility

To find out if you are eligible for a City of Port Phillip parking permit and where you can park, visit our Near me interactive map and enter your address.

If you are eligible for a parking permit, here are some things you will be asked to provide

  • Identification documents to support your application and confirm you currently reside in the City of Port Phillip
  • In the case of a registration-based parking permit, current documents that link your vehicle to your Port Phillip address.

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