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Parking signs and hours in the central city

Parking signs

Read the sign from top to bottom and from left to right. Make sure you find the relevant day and time for the period you wish to park.

There are also different restrictions on public holidays.

Multiple signs may apply to a parking bay because different restrictions apply to that bay at different times, or on different days of the week. This is to help maximise the number of car parks which are available during various periods such as during peak hour or on public holidays.

Parking signs override the information displayed on parking meters and ticket machines.

Central city night-time parking hours

Parking in the central city (PDF, 440kb) after 7.30pm and remaining parked for the rest of the night incurs a $5.50 fee.

The fee applies in areas that are a $5.50 per hour tariff zone during the day.

What do the central city parking signs say?

Signs affected by the $5.50 night time parking fee show an end time of 8.30pm Mon to Sat.

Motorists should observe the parking signs when parking in the central city at night.

  • Read the signs carefully, as there are a few different sign layouts to reflect the local parking conditions.
    Parking signs
  • The example below is a 1 hour parking zone sign in the central city.
  • The first panel reads 1P meter 7.30am – 7.30pm Mon –Sat.
  • The second panel reads P meter 7.30pm – 8.30pm Mon –Sat.
  • This arrangement of panels will give you the option to either:
    • park from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, as per the sign at a cost of $5.50
    • park from 6.30pm until the end of the night, as long as you pay the $11 fee (two hours at $5.50 per hour).
      Parking sign

If I arrive at 6.30pm, how much do I have to pay to stay the rest of the night?

  • If the sign reads ‘until 7.30pm,’ you are only required to pay the hourly rate of $5.50 to stay parked for the rest of the night.
  • If the sign reads ‘until 8.30pm’, you are required to pay $11 to stay for the rest of the night.

If I arrive in the central city after 8.30pm, do I still have to pay to park in the city?

  • No. If you arrive in the city after 8.30pm and park in an on-street metered space, you do not have to pay to park.
  • The most important thing is that you read the signs carefully.

Why do I have to pay until 8.30pm in some areas and only until 7.30pm in others?

  • There are a range of meters and parking spaces in the central city, to ensure better access for all motorists in the city.
  • The new night time parking fee generally allows you to park from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and remain legally parked for the rest of the night.
  • Always check the parking signs.

Do I need to return to my meter?

  • If you are parking in the central city in a 1P, 2P or longer term on-street car space, you are able to pay your meter from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and stay for the rest of the night.
  • You do not need to return to your meter.


Parking sign