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Traffic Area Parking Permit Scheme (TAPPS)

City of Gold Coast recognises that parking is an important issue for our community and its effective management is vital in supporting the economic growth and development of our city. Parking demand from commercial and educational land uses continue to grow as the City’s permanent and visitor population increase. Overflow parking from activity centres, special use and event precincts into surrounding residential areas all impact on the ability of residents to access on-street parking in their neighbourhood.

The introduction and ongoing management of timed parking restrictions are one way of responding to these issues. Such restrictions can be applied through the establishment of traffic areas where regulatory signage advising of the parking restrictions is installed at all road entry/exit points accessing the area to be regulated.

A review of the traffic flow and parking requirements throughout the city identified a number of areas that are impacted by overflow parking from non-residential precincts that will become traffic areas.

View our traffic area locations.

Installation of traffic area signage was undertaken between November 2017 and February 2018. Operation of the traffic areas began prior to the commencement of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April 2018. The days and hours of restriction will vary between the traffic areas depending on their function and the area’s parking demands. See the table below for more information.

Resident parking permits and resident event parking permits (Metricon Stadium, Main Beach and Robina Stadium traffic areas) are provided at no cost to those that are eligible and are issued for a calendar year. Visitor parking permits are issued for an annual fee (refer to the City’s latest Register of fees and charges, 'Parking - regulated parking permits section' for current information). Visit the relevant parking permits page to find out how to apply.

Community benefits

Benefits of the changes to the City’s traffic areas include:

  • reduction in overflow parking in residential areas bordering commercial and special use precincts throughout the city and along the light rail corridor.
  • improved access to on-street parking within these areas for residents and short to medium term visitors.
  • reduced incidence of vehicle conflict in narrow streets due to a reduction in overflow parking from commercial and educational land uses.
  • legacy benefit for the City through the establishment of special event precincts for GC2018 and which will allow post event parking management.

Traffic area restrictions for visitors

Area New Regulations
Southport Traffic Area
(Expanded existing Traffic Area)
Two (2) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct
(New Traffic Area)
Two (2) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Central Traffic Area (Surfers Paradise / Broadbeach)
(New Traffic Area)
Three (3) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Southern Traffic Area (Bilinga)
(New Traffic Area)
Four (4) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday
(Except as signed)
Bundall/Chevron Island Traffic Area
(Existing Traffic Area)
Three (3) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Varsity Lakes Traffic Area
(New Traffic Area)
Two (2) hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Main Beach Traffic Area (events only)
(New Traffic Area)
Two (2) hours (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)
Robina Stadium Traffic Area (Cbus events only)
(New Traffic Area)
Two (2) minutes (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)
Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon events only)
(Existing Traffic Area)
Two (2) minutes (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)

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