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New conditions to ease the pressure on parking

11 November 2014

Yarra Council will introduce changes to its parking permit conditions in the new year to manage the increasing demand for Yarra’s limited car parking spaces.

The changes, outlined in Council’s Parking Permit Scheme, were adopted at a public meeting on 21 October and will come into effect from 1 January 2015.

The changes include:

  • reducing residential permit entitlements from three permits to two when there is a change of ownership or tenancy
  • restricting the use of visitor permits so they may only be used within two streets of the property to which they have been issued
  • not issuing permits to boats, trailer or caravans.
  • providing second and third parking permits at a discounted rate (at the price of the first permit) to eligible Pensioner and Health Care Card holders. The first permit for these cardholders  will continue to be provided free of charge. 

Yarra Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky said rapid development and population growth compelled Council to look at ways to ease the pressure on Yarra’s limited parking supply.

“Introducing this new Parking Permit Scheme is one aspect of Council’s overarching goal to improve Yarra’s liveability at a time of significant growth and change for our city,” Cr Fristacky said.

“While our population continues to grow, there is no scope to increase the amount of on-street parking,” she said.

“Competing demand for car parking among residents, workers and visitors is a daily source of frustration for many people in our community.

“Council has little choice but to use one of the few tools available to it – that is managing the number of permits it issues – to free up parking spaces and fairly meet demand.

“The changes will take effect from 1 January 2015, giving plenty of time for residents and people thinking about moving to Yarra to adjust to the new conditions.”

Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky said Council will continue to work with the community to reduce parking and traffic congestion by advocating for improvements to public transport, investing in bicycle infrastructure and supporting car sharing initiatives.

Some aspects of the Parking Permit Scheme will be considered in further detail by Council in early 2015, including the impact of Council’s rule that multi-unit developments constructed after December 2003 be ineligible for parking permits.

“In the new year, Council will receive a follow up report that will explore options for minimising the impact of this rule on residents who live in smaller developments, as well as how we can help residents who struggle to find a park when there are events in Richmond’s sporting precinct,” Cr Fristacky said.

“Council will also look at how a permit trading scheme might work for people otherwise ineligible for a permit,” she said.

Increases to the cost of permits originally proposed as part of the Parking Permit Scheme will be considered as part of the 2015/16 budget process.

The scheme continues to recognise the contribution of live music venues and people volunteering for not-for-profit organisations by providing free permits.  It also supports people on low incomes by offering a free first permit for Pensioner and Heath Care holders and significant discounts for subsequent permits.

A copy of the Parking Permit Scheme appears below:
docx format Parking Permit Scheme 2014 (62.58 KB)

Further information:
Yarra City Council
9205 5555

Media enquiries:
Bernadette Collins
Acting Senior Communications Officer
9205 5042



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