Our municipality has changed considerably since the last Parking Permit Policy was developed nearly 20 years ago.

We are at a defining moment in the City of Port Phillip’s history, with our current population projected to grow 41 per cent to 159,450 people by 2036 (Victoria in Future 2019). This population growth will impact the entire Port Phillip community, including residents, businesses and their employees and visitors.

We want a City where residents, workers and visitors have lots of travel choices that support liveability, promote health and wellbeing and contribute to the City’s economic vitality.

We know the projected population growth will most notably be felt in our streets. Every additional car based in our City increases traffic congestion and the need for parking, as well as impacting the time spent travelling within and throughout Port Phillip.

The Policy provides a framework for the ongoing management of our existing 53,000 on-street and 4,000 Council-managed off-street spaces used for parking.

The overarching objectives of the Policy are to:

  • address the City’s existing and future growth and transport challenges
  • provide fairer and more reliable access to parking in all locations and at all times.

These will be delivered via four key settings:

  • hierarchy of parking allocation
  • parking availability targets
  • demand responsive pricing
  • parking permit management.

These settings will allow for ongoing monitoring and evaluation as well as transparent reporting.


Summary of changes

Residential parking permit areas

Introduce residential parking permit areas in response to variations in demand and availability on specific days, rather than the current surrounding streets model to create fairer and more flexible places for residents to park near their homes 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.

More information, including maps of each area, can be found on Residential parking permit areas.

Existing permit holder entitlements

In many locations across our City, there are now significantly more parking permits issued than there are available spaces.

This has led to residents finding it difficult to find a space close to where they live, which has prompted changes to parking permit provisions. These changes are designed to better manage and respond to supply and demand and to promote use of existing off-street parking resources to reduce pressure on local parking availability.

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 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
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.

Parking permit provisions will be reduced for residents with off-street carparking accessed by a driveway directly from the street to the property, as driveways remove kerb space that could otherwise be utilised for car spaces from the local on-street supply.

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.

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.

Fees and charges

Information on fees for all permit types is available at parking permits explained

More parking permit information

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

For any questions or more information, contact us.