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Why change parking controls in Area 15?

Area 15 is surrounded by businesses, an educational institution, construction sites and workplaces.  Commuters frequently look for parking in Area 15 instead of using off-street parking facilities. This increases traffic on residential streets, reduces parking available to visitors and residents, and attracts commuters away from public transport. 

The City’s proposed changes are intended to protect Area 15 from long-stay commuter parking, and so reduce traffic and parking difficulties.

What are the major changes?

Given the high prevalence of overstay activity for non-permit holding vehicles, combined with limited parking availability and a relatively low level of space turnover, the City is considering ticket parking as a viable parking solution for Area 15.

What are the proposed hours of parking restrictions?

Area 15 is mostly signposted as one hour (1P) parking from 8am to 2am, seven days a week with an exemption for Area 15 permit holders. Parts of the eastern side of Greens Road next to Victoria Barracks is signposted as four hour (4P) parking from 8am to 12 midnight seven days a week with an exemption for Area 15 permit holders.

The current one hour (1P) and four hour (4P) time limits would be unchanged as part of this proposal.

Why introduce ticket parking?

Ticket parking discourages commuter parking by students and workers, and increases the turnover of parking spaces. Residents, visitors and local customers will then have a better chance of finding a parking spot.

Ticket parking also dramatically improves enforcement which is necessary to ensure compliance and turnover. A City Ranger can easily see if a vehicle is overstaying by checking the parking ticket on the dashboard.

Will residents have to pay to park?

Residents with parking permits will not have to buy a ticket or comply with time limits in areas where permit-holders are exempted.

All new buildings constructed since 1996 are excluded from the City of Sydney’s permit parking scheme, and their residents are not eligible for permits. These buildings were designed and approved with an agreed amount of off-street car parking. Owners or residents of these buildings are able to purchase or rent a property with an off-street parking space if required, or pay a lesser amount for a property without parking.

Can we have resident-only parking?

No. Under NSW law, streets cannot be restricted solely to residents, as this would exclude any visitors from parking on the “public road”.

Will people with a disability have to pay to park?

With a disability parking permit issued by the Roads and Maritime Services, a resident can park for an unlimited amount of time where the parking limit is more than 30 minutes without having to buy a ticket.

Will visitors have to pay to park?

Residents in the local area may be eligible to apply for visitor parking permits.

Vehicles displaying a valid visitor parking permit will not have to buy a ticket or comply with time limits in areas where permit-holders are exempted. 

For further information about the City’s Visitor and Business Parking Permit Scheme and how to apply, visit the City’s website.

Will businesses have to pay to park?

Small businesses in the local area may be eligible for parking permits.

Vehicles displaying a valid business parking permit will not have to buy a ticket or comply with time limits in areas where permit-holders are exempted. 

For further information about the City’s Visitor and Business Parking Permit Scheme and how to apply, visit the City’s website.

Am I eligible for a residential parking permit?

Residents and their visitors may be eligible for parking permits.

In Area 15, residents of multi-unit developments approved after 8 May 1996 are not eligible to participate in the resident permit parking schemes.

For further information about the City’s Parking Permit Scheme and how to apply please see visit the City’s website.

Where is resident permit parking provided?

Resident permit parking is generally provided in front of, or near, residential buildings. Parking outside non-residential properties is usually short stay parking for customers of local businesses and visitors.

I am not eligible for a parking permit, where do I park my car?

If you are not eligible for a permit, you must store your car off-street, either in a private car space, or a rented space. 

Area 15 is well served by public transport, and has a relatively low level of car ownership by Sydney standards. If you do need to use a car occasionally, car sharing is a convenient and affordable alternative. The City has provided dedicated spaces for six share cars in Area 15, and many more in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, South Paddington and Centennial Park. More information on car sharing is available from the City’s website.

Are visitors and businesses eligible for a parking permit?

Vehicles displaying a valid parking permit will not have to buy a ticket or comply with time limits in areas where permit-holders are exempted. 

Residents in the local area may be eligible to apply for visitor parking permits and small businesses in the local area may be eligible for parking permits.

For further information about the City’s Visitor and Business Parking Permit Scheme and how to apply please see the City’s website.