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Traffic Area Parking Permit Scheme (TAPPS)

The City 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 populations increase. Overflow parking from activity centres, special use and event precincts into surrounding residential areas impacts on the ability of residents to access on-street parking in their neighbourhood.

Timed parking restrictions are one way of responding to these issues. These 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.

View our traffic area locations.

The initial 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 the operation for these traffic areas vary depending on their function and the area’s parking demands. See the table below for more information.

These Traffic Area boundaries were reviewed by Council in late 2018, and in association with recently undertaken Community consultation and Council approval, the following changes were approved:

  • Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area (boundary reduced)
  • Robina Stadium Traffic Area (boundary increased)
  • Southern Traffic Area (boundary increased)
  • Southport Traffic Area (boundary reduced)

These new Traffic Area boundaries were gazetted by Council on 30 September 2019. Between 1 October and 15 November 2019 the City will be undertaking signage works for implementation of the new Traffic Area boundaries.

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. These permits are issued for a calendar year. Visitor parking permits are issued for an annual fee (refer to the City’s Register of fees and charges - 'Parking - regulated parking permits section' - for current fees). 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 which enabled 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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