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There are two types of restrictions that can be introduced in residential streets:
- Time Limited restrictions - usually a 1 hour or 2 hour parking limit for all users, with resident permit holders exempted from these time restrictions.
- Permit Zone restrictions - holders of valid parking permits only. No other vehicles are permitted to park on this street section.
Time limited parking restrictions allow for adequate visitor parking while preventing all day employee and commuter parking. Sufficient turnover of parking spaces is maintained to accommodate resident vehicles.
Permit Zone restrictions mean on-street parking is reserved solely for residents and their visitors with current parking permits. These restrictions are typically considered too restrictive within Port Phillip, particularly in areas with competing needs such as residential, business and community facilities. This creates an under-utilisation of parking during regular work hours, as the majority of residents' vehicles are absent.
Parking changes may be introduced at any time on safety and access grounds. These changes may include No Stopping, Bus Zone, Tram Zone and Loading Zone restrictions.
For the introduction of parking changes, such as time-limited (1P, 2P) and Permit Zone parking restrictions, community support is required to be demonstrated before a review of the parking restrictions can be considered. This support is to be in the form of a letter signed by at least:
- 10 per cent of properties in streets where there have been no changes to parking or parking consultation undertaken in the past 18 months, or
- 50 per cent of properties in streets where a parking change or parking consultation have been conducted in the past 18 months.
The letter should include the following:
- the reasons for the request
- the type of change requested
- names and addresses of the signatories to the letter.
To submit your letter please visit our Online Services or post it to
Transport Safety Engineering
99a Carlisle Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
The request will then be assessed based on parking occupancy data and resident/business feedback. If the assessment results indicate the need to proceed, a proposal will be prepared. A survey may be sent to abutting properties seeking feedback on the proposal.
The residents and businesses of affected properties will then be advised of Council’s decision based on the level of support for the change(s).
Council sees motorcycles as an important mode of transport that helps to alleviate ever increasing traffic congestion and parking pressures.
Motorcyclists are welcome in the City of Port Phillip. Council supports motorcyclists parking on footpaths, as long as they comply with Road Safety Rule 197. This means if motorcyclists chose to park on the footpath, they must:
- Park their motorcycle at least 1.5m (one motorcycle length) out from the building line to allow free movement of pedestrians; and
- Park their motorcycle at least 0.5m (a wheel) back from the road kerb to allow pedestrians free access to and from the road and parked vehicles.
Parked motorcycles must not inconvenience, obstruct, hinder or prevent free passage of any pedestrian or another vehicle. Some restrictions apply in St Kilda as outlined below.
Port Phillip has an agreement in place to allow as many motorcycles to park in one marked parking bay as can be safely fit. Motorcycle riders are not required to pay for parking when parked at Council paid parking locations.
Motorcyclists are not permitted to park on the footpath on the beach side of The Esplanade/Carlisle Street, from outside the main entrance of Luna Park to outside the Vineyard. Motorcycle parking restrictions were introduced permanently in this area from May 2017 to maintain safety and amenity along the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare in St Kilda.
Please observe the signage in the area.