Who is eligible for a parking permit?


People who live in the City of Port Phillip in residential properties built or subdivided before 1 October 2002 are eligible for the following parking permits:

  • resident
  • visitor
  • foreshore
  • combined (resident and foreshore)


People who live in the City of Port Phillip in residential properties built or subdivided after 1 October 2002 are eligible for foreshore parking permits only.

You can check your eligibility on the interactive Near Me map or by contacting ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.

How many permits can I get for my eligible property?

Now that you have confirmed your property is eligible by using Council's Near Me map, you can answer a few simple questions to find out which permits you can apply for using the parking permit entitlements checker.

How many permits can I get?

The amount you can get depends on whether you held permits on the 1st July 2021.

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)'.

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)'.

Existing applicants

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 (for each combined parking permit at an eligible property, this number is reduced by 1)

New applicants

These 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 resident permits or 1 resident and 1 combined permit
Visitor Parking Permit1
Foreshore Parking Permit1 (if a combined parking permit is held at the property, no additional foreshore permits can be obtained)

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.

Why am I not eligible for a parking permit?

Properties 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 properties built or subdivided after 1 October 2002.

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 after 1 October 2002, 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.

Find out more about Council's Parking Management Policy 2020.

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