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City parking

Gold Coast parking has been designed to provide convenient, centrally located car parking to keep our city moving.

Safe and legal parking tips

City of Gold Coast (City) enforces the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 and regulations through Local Laws 2, 9 and 11.

You can report issues with illegally parked and unregistered, abandoned vehicles by visiting our Report a problem - Vehicles page and completing an online form, calling the City Parking enquiry line on 07 5667 5989, visiting a customer service centre, or by downloading our mobile app. Our City Parking officers will respond to your request and enforce the City’s parking regulations where applicable.

It is the responsibility of all drivers to abide by the road rules. Select from the drop-down list below to find some other tips on parking safely and legally within the city:

Parking signs

Visit our Parking signs page for more information on the types of parking signage displayed throughout the city, including signs displaying timed parking limits.

Timed parking, including parking meters

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Act 1995, section 106(1)(a)(ii) and Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009, section 105(1)(a).

The City’s new parking meters are designed to keep our city moving by assisting in turning over parking spaces in high demand areas. Visit our Metered parking areas and pricing page for information on how to use these parking meter machines.

A vehicle must be moved from the parking area once the maximum time permitted has been reached. Parking fines can be issued for overstaying the maximum time permitted as displayed on the parking sign, including:

  • Code 007: neglecting to pay parking fees when required, as stated on the permissible parking sign, e.g. 2P METER.
  • Code 009: exceeding time in a paid area (exceeding the permissible time indicated on the parking sign).
  • Code 059: exceeding time in a non-paid area (exceeding the permissible time indicated on the parking sign).

A driver is required to move the vehicle prior to reaching the maximum restricted time displayed on the parking sign to avoid an infringement notice being issued.

To administer the above, and to assist drivers in abiding by these rules, City parking meters are unable to accept payment for more than the maximum permitted time. Making an additional payment for parking fees after the time has exceeded does not allow the vehicle to overstay the time period and will not prevent an infringement notice being issued. As a parking meter machine cannot determine if a vehicle has been moved or not, it therefore cannot decline the top up payment.

Clear signage is displayed across the city informing of these restrictions, e.g. “2P METER” indicates the maximum time permitted for parking in this zone is two hours and that payment is required. See the Parking signs page for more information.

Parking on public holidays

Parking on public holidays:

There have been some changes to parking charges on public holidays in some areas of the Gold Coast.

Normal parking charges will apply to all public holidays in the following areas from the specified dates:

  • Burleigh Heads – from 27 March 2017
  • Surfers Paradise – from 18 April 2017
  • Broadbeach – from 1 July 2017

For areas outside of the above list, parking charges do not apply to public holidays. Please note: all other parking regulations, such as time limits, still apply. For example, you must not park for longer than two hours in a 2P restricted parking bay.

Heavy and long vehicle parking (e.g. trucks, caravans, trailers, boats or buses)

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 200(2).

Heavy or long vehicles, such as trucks, caravans, trailers, boats or buses, must not stop on a length of road in residential and commercial built up areas for longer than one hour. 'Long vehicle' means a vehicle that, together with any load or projection, is 7.5 metres long or longer. 'Heavy vehicle' means a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or more.

Loading zones

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 179(1)(c).

Sedans and station wagons may not park in a commercial vehicle loading zone without displaying a commercial vehicle permit. To apply for a commercial vehicle permit visit our Commercial vehicles page.

Please note: Any vehicle may park in a loading zone marked 'All vehicles'.

Parking across a driveway

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 198(2).

A driver must not stop on or across a driveway or other way of access for vehicles travelling to or from adjacent land unless the driver is dropping off or picking up passengers, does not leave the vehicle unattended, and completes the dropping off or picking up of the passengers within two minutes after stopping.

Parking on a footpath, nature strip, and other pathways

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 197(1).

Vehicles must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path, dividing strip or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built up area.

Parking on a reserve or park

See Local Law No. 9 Section 8(3).

Vehicles cannot be parked, or driven, on a park or reserve unless signs indicate that it is approved for motor vehicle access.

Parking near a dividing line or dividing strip

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 208(6).

Vehicles must be parked at least three (3) metres from a continuous dividing line or dividing strip.

Vehicles for sale

See Local Law No. 11 Schedule 1(a)

Vehicles bearing a sign, advertisement or other indication that the vehicle is for sale or hire cannot park or stand on a City road or on City land.

Yellow edge line

See Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009, Section 169.

Vehicles may not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line. This law has been applied throughout Australia since 1999 as part of the Australian Road Rules. It has been adopted by individual states into their parking rules to introduce uniform and consistent road rules throughout Australia.

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