Traffic Area & Parking Permit Scheme

The City has had a Traffic Area and Parking Permit Scheme in place for almost 20 years. A number of new Traffic Areas were implemented before the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, resulting in nine areas currently being in place.

Traffic Areas

Traffic Areas are geographical areas with time-limited parking. Parking measures apply on every street within the Traffic Area. Signs show where Traffic Areas start and end and describe the time limits that apply.

Not all streets within a Traffic Area are signed. You are responsible for checking whether you are parking within a Traffic Area and complying with its parking restrictions. If you park for longer than the time limits allow, you may be fined.

Parking permits are available for eligible motorists who regularly park within a Traffic Area. For more information please visit Parking permits.

The days and hours of the operation for these Traffic Areas vary depending on their function and the area's parking demands. See the table below for a summary of Traffic Areas. Click on the links in the table for more information.

Traffic area parking restrictions

Area Parking regulations
Southport Traffic Area 2 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Central Traffic Area
- Broadbeach parking
- Mermaid Beach parking
- Surfers Paradise parking
3 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Southern Traffic Area
- Bilinga parking
4 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday
(Except as signed)
Bundall/Chevron Island Traffic Area 3 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Varsity Lakes Traffic Area 2 hours (maximum)
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Except as signed)
Main Beach Traffic Area (events only) 2 hours (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)
Robina Stadium Traffic Area (Cbus Super Stadium events only) 2 minutes (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)
Metricon Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon Stadium events only) 2 minutes (maximum) during events
(Except as signed)