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Resident parking permits

Resident parking permits are available for residents who reside within a time-restricted parking area and have limited off-street parking. The permit allows residents to park for an unlimited period of time in a time-restricted parking area, subject to conditions.

Resident parking permits are not valid for use within designated Commonwealth Games precincts during vehicle exclusion periods of the Games.

Fees

No fees apply.


Apply for a new permit

Step 1: Calculate how many permits are you eligible for

The number of on-street parking permits available to you depends on the type of residence and your current off-street parking spaces. Use this table to find out how many permits you can apply for.

Type of residence Number of off-street parking spaces (carport/garage) Maximum number of permits per premises
House 0 3
1 2
2 1
3 or more 0 (not eligible)
Units – where total number of units is 20 or less (includes duplex) 0 2
1 1
2 0 (not eligible)
Units – where total number of units is more than 20 Not eligible
Gated communities Not eligible
Residential above commercial premises Not eligible

Step 2: Work out what traffic area you are in

A traffic area is a mapped geographical area where timed on-street parking controls apply. When applying for a resident parking permit, you will be asked to identify whether you live within one of the following designated traffic areas:

If you are not sure which area applies to you, please review the maps in the links above.

If you do not reside within one of these designated traffic areas and would like to apply for a permit, you must reside within a time-restricted parking area. In this situation, when completing the form, select ‘Other’ in the options.

Step 3: Make sure you have the right information and documents needed to complete your application

Before completing the application form you will need to know your:

  • street address or Lot and RP (parcel) number

The resident must complete the application (in this case, the resident will be considered the licensee - the person who holds the resident parking permit).

You will also need:

  • proof of residency (one or more of the following):
    • recent rates notice (owner occupier)
    • signed tenancy/lease agreement
    • recent rates notice (owner occupier)
    • minimum of two bills less than six months old for utilities/phone/vehicle registration detailing applicant name and property address
    • current driver’s licence detailing current address
  • vehicle registration documentation for each vehicle nominated on the permit
  • for company vehicles - a signed letter from the company, stating your residential address and confirming that you are a company employee and have commuter use of the vehicle
  • for units – a signed letter from the body corporate or complex manager stating the number of off-street parking spaces (provided by a garage or carport) that are allocated to the dwelling.

You will need to have these documents ready to supply with your application.

Step 4: I am now ready to apply

  • I know how many permits I can apply for
  • I know what traffic area I am in (if applicable)
  • I know my street address and/or Lot and RP number
  • I have all the required documents ready
  • I am the Licensee (resident of the property)

Submit online form

 

Complete the downloadable version of the ‘Resident parking permit application' form below.



Change an existing permit

Permit renewal

Resident parking permits are renewed annually and are valid for one calendar year from 1 January to 31 December. You will receive a letter from us with renewal details prior to the expiry of your permit.

Change an existing resident parking permit

You may apply to change your resident parking permit if you need to remove or add a vehicle to your permit, or to update contact details. Fees may apply.

Complete the downloadable version of the 'Parking permit amendment' application form below.

If you have moved to a new residential premises located within a time-restricted traffic area, you need to complete a new application for a resident parking permit.

The resident parking permit is not transferable.

Replace an existing permit

You may apply for a replacement permit if your permit is lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged. You may also request a replacement of any approval documentation associated with your permit.

To apply for a replacement permit or approval documentation, complete a replacement application. Fees apply.

Complete the downloadable version of the 'Parking permit - replacement approval documentation' application form below.

Cancel an existing permit

To cancel your resident parking permit, submit a cancellation request. No fees apply.

Complete the downloadable version of the 'Cancellation/surrender of licence or permit' application form below.

Related information

Jump to key information
  • What is off-street parking?

    Off-street parking includes garages or carports.

  • What if I am using my garage for storage or extra living space?

    Regardless of the use for this space, unless it has been an approved change of use by City of Gold Coast, it is classified as off-street parking space.

  • I live in a complex with more than 20 units; why am I not eligible for a parking permit?

    Public parking in the street and in off-street car parks is provided for the benefit of the Gold Coast community as a whole.

    High density residential developments have the potential to generate excessive demands on limited on-street public parking. The limit on parking permit availability is based on the scale of residential development and the number of cars that could reasonably be accommodated in public parking to ensure fair and equitable access for everyone. If every resident in these buildings had one extra car that they wanted to park in the street, there would be more cars than parking spaces.

    Additionally, there is an obligation under the City's planning scheme for developers of multi-unit developments to provide sufficient parking for residents and visitors within the development site.

  • I have a work vehicle that is owned by my employer. What do I need to do?

    You will require a letter from your employer stating that you have use of the vehicle and are required to take the vehicle home.

  • I recently bought a vehicle and do not have the registration certificate.

    If you are unable to supply a copy of the vehicle’s current registration certificate you can alternatively provide:

    • a copy of the vehicle's 'Bill of Sale' (if issued within the last three months)
    • a copy of the vehicle's 'Transfer of Registration'.
  • The utility bills and vehicle registration are in my partner’s name, can I still apply?

    No, you will need to have your partner apply.

  • Why am I required to supply supporting documentation with my application?

    To ensure that permits are issued to residents who live in the area and meet the eligibility criteria.

  • I am situated within the boundary of an event traffic area and hold a resident event parking permit. Am I also able to obtain a visitor parking permit?

    No. You are not eligible for a visitor parking permit if you already hold a resident event parking permit.

  • How long will residents be allowed to park within these identified traffic areas during the day (on weekdays and on weekends)?

    The timed restrictions will vary between two minutes and two hours in event traffic areas, and two to four hours in business as usual traffic areas, depending on the traffic area. Please see each traffic area for specific days and hours of restriction.

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