To regulate the flow of available parking in identified traffic areas, we need to enforce restricted time parking. This helps to minimise congestion and allow everyone reasonable access to businesses or high demand areas.
Timed parking areas are designed to:
- provide turnover in parking spaces and
- ensure that as many people as possible have access to parking in a high-demand area.
You cannot move your car to a different spot in the same timed parking area and continue to park there.
If you do not move your car entirely out of the timed parking area after the designated time limit has expired, you may still be subject to a parking fine. This is because the regulations are based on the total amount of time that a vehicle spends in the timed parking area, not just the time that it spends in a particular parking spot.
Metered parking and designated Traffic Areas are both examples of timed parking areas. For more information about each type of timed parking area, see the sections below.
Parking meters operate in a number of locations across the City of Gold Coast. Signs in each area explain when payment is required and how long you can park.
When you park in a metered parking space, make sure you check the parking time limits. You must not park for longer than the time shown on the sign. For example, in a 2P space, you must not park longer than 2 hours. You must move your vehicle on or before the maximum 2-hour period is reached. If you stay longer than the displayed time, you may be fined.
We use in-ground sensors in most metered parking areas to record when a parking space is occupied and how long the vehicle stays.
For more information, please see Metered parking.
Traffic Areas are geographical areas with time-limited parking on all streets. The maximum time you can park varies, depending on the Traffic Area and the time of day.
Traffic Areas are signed at their boundaries. Timed parking limits apply to all streets within the Traffic Area, even if the specific street is not signed.
For more information, please see Traffic Area and Parking Permit Scheme.