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Parking rules

Our traffic officers supervise local roads to ensure the parking rules set by the Victorian Government and our General Municipal Law are followed, and that our roads and parking areas are used safely and fairly.


Most of the infringement notices we issue are for serious, safety-related offences. Find out how to pay or appeal a parking fine.

You can report an illegally parked vehicle online and we will send out our Local Laws Officer to investigate. We can only issue an infringement if our authorised officer witnesses the offence.

Disabled parking bays

Disabled parking bays exist to provide easier access for people with a disability, and are not for the convenience of people who are stopping for a short time.

If you stop in a disabled parking bay without a valid Disabled Parking Permit displayed, you are guilty of an offence and will be fined. 

Family-friendly parking bays

These bays exist to provide easier access for parents with young children, and are not for the convenience of people who are stopping for a short time.

However, no permit is required to park in these bays and it is not illegal to park in them.

Don't park on the nature strip or across a driveway

Don't stop across a driveway

It is illegal to park on any nature strip or across a driveway.

Parking on a nature strip or across a driveway can:

  • obstruct the view of drivers and pedestrians entering and exiting driveways
  • cause damage to connections such as water and electricity connections, which run under the nature strip
  • create a hazard for pedestrians using the footpath

no parking on naturestrip

'Car for sale' advertising

You must not park your car on a road, nature strip or in any other public place to advertise it for sale, according to General Municipal Law. If you do so, you may be fined.

If you are advertising a vehicle for sale, you can only park it in your driveway, on your front lawn, or on other private property, with the landowner or occupier’s permission.

Don’t stop in a No Stopping zone

No stopping means no stopping at all. This includes stopping only to let someone out of the car, regardless of whether the engine is left running and the driver stays in the car.

Stopping in a no stopping zone is illegal, unless it is outside the times specified on the signs.

Don’t stop in/on a school crossing

It is illegal to stop momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up on a school crossing.

Stopping or parking a vehicle too close to a school crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can’t see or be seen by an approaching car.

When a school crossing is in operation (e.g. when the flags are displayed), you must not stop or park within 20 metres of the crossing on the approach side and 10 metres of the crossing on the departure side.

Don’t park in/on an intersection

Parking a vehicle too close to an intersection can endanger pedestrians and other drivers by blocking their view of the traffic, and by restricting other drivers’ turning space.

Don’t stop on a clearway

Clearways exist to improve traffic flow at the busiest times of the day. A clearway starts at the clearway sign and ends at the end clearway sign.

Don’t stop in a loading zone

You can only park in a loading zone if you are delivering or picking up goods or people, and driving either:

  • a truck or a G-classified goods van
  • public bus or taxi
  • a courier or delivery vehicle permanently marked with a company name at least 5cm high (magnetic signs or signs on windscreens or roof racks are not acceptable)

Don’t stop in a bus zone

A bus zone is an area allocated specifically for buses to drop off and pick up passengers.

Parking in a bus zone can endanger the passengers getting on or off the bus by obstructing the view of the passengers and other drivers.

Don’t stop in a permit zone

You cannot park in a permit zone unless you have been issued a parking permit to park in that area.
Permit zones apply in residential streets and areas where parking is at a premium to provide preferential parking to the permit holder.

Parking in a permit zone without a permit prevents residents and their visitors from parking close to their home.

Parallel parking on a road

When parallel parking in a two-way street a motorist must park on the left-hand side.

The driver must get the left wheels of the car as close to the kerb as they can and leave at least a metre between themselves and the cars in front and behind.

Parking out of parking bays

You must park within the marked lines of the parking bays, and must not park partly in and partly out of a parking or no parking/no stopping area.

Parking for longer than indicated

Parking signs limit the amount of time a car can be parked.

You must not park your car for longer than the time shown on the sign or you risk a fine.

Repairing cars or trucks

You must not park, store or repair a truck on a property that is residentially-zoned under the Whittlesea Planning Scheme, according to our General Municipal Law.

Unregistered cars

You must not leave or park a broken vehicle or unregistered car in any public place, according to our General Municipal Law. If you do so, we may collect your car and you will have to pay to get it back, and you may be fined.

Stopped heavy and long vehicles

You cannot park a heavy or long vehicle in a built-up area for more than 1 hour at any given time, unless parking signs allow you to do so.

Parking a heavy or long vehicle on the road can obstruct the view of drivers and create a hazard for motorists and pedestrians, as well as cause damage to a road that is not designed for heavy vehicles.

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