Resident Parking FAQ

What is resident parking?

Who is eligible for a permit?

How many resident parking permits am I entitled to?

How do I find out what parking zone I am in?

Where does the permit allow me to park?

How do I get a parking permit?

Can I get the permit if I can't find my registration papers?

How much does the permit cost?

If I get a permit part way through the year do I have to pay the full year's fees?

Why do I have to pay for my Resident Parking Permit?

Are all vehicles entitled to a permit?

Can I have more permits than the entitlement?

Are landlords entitled to a Resident Parking Permit?

Can Resident Parking Permits be issued for commercial properties or business owners?

Can a Resident Parking Permit be issued for more than one vehicle?

Can I get a Resident Parking Permit if my vehicle is registered interstate?

If my vehicle is registered interstate, do I still have to supply my registration papers?

My car is unregistered. Can I still get a Resident Parking Permit?

I have just purchased a new car, and the registration papers haven't been issued yet. What can I do?

What do I do if I get a new vehicle replacing my existing one?

If I am not entitled to a Resident Parking Permit, do I have any other options? 

I cannot come in to apply for the permit. Can someone else apply for me?

My car has been damaged in an accident, and I have been supplied with a courtesy vehicle. Can I get a permit?

I am using my garage as a storage space. Can I apply for a Resident Parking Permit?

I am moving to North Sydney, but will be moving again in less than 12 months. Can I get a permit for less than a year?

When do the Resident Parking Permits get renewed?

I will be overseas during renewals, and cannot come in. Can I apply earlier?

What happens if I do not renew my Resident Parking Permit by 31 March?

If I move or sell my car can I get a refund or credit?

 


 

What is resident parking?

The resident parking scheme is a system that exempts vehicles from the time limits that apply within a resident parking area. The aim of the scheme is to provide equitable access to on-street parking in residential areas for residents who have limited or no off-street parking.

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Who is eligible for a permit?

Residents of North Sydney who have limited or no access to off-street parking with their dwelling may apply for a permit. Please note that not every residence in the North Sydney area is entitled to a permit. Go to the Resident Parking Forms and Checklist page for more information.

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How many resident parking permits am I entitled to?

We have three parking zones and the entitlements are different within each zone, accordng to the number of properties and the number of on-street parking spaces within the zone.

Your maximum entitlement is reduced by the number of off-street parking spaces within your property. For example, if the maximum entitlement is 2 and there is 1 parking space on the property then the entitlement is reduced to 1 resident parking permit; (b) To receive your maximum entitlement you must present copies of the registration papers for each vehicle registered at that address.

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How do I find out what parking zone I am in?

Please go to Resident Parking Zones map. 

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Where does the permit allow me to park?

The North Sydney Council Local Government Area is broken down into 33 separate parking areas. Your parking entitlement is governed by the area your residence is situated within. Please check the parking signs in your area to ensure that they state "Resident Vehicles Excepted - Area#". If the area on your displayed permit is the same as that on the sign, and you are legally parked, then your vehicle may park there indefinitely.

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How do I get a parking permit?

Your application (or replacement) must be accompanied by current identification, go to Current identification checklist.

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Can I get the permit if I can't find my registration papers?

No. For privately owned vehicles, the current registration papers with your name and current North Sydney address must be supplied. If you cannot produce your registration papers, you will need to contact the RTA and request a new set to be issued.

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How much does the permit cost?

North Sydney Council charges different fees for its resident parking permits. The fees are based on first permit and second permit for the property, go to Resident Parking Fees.

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If I get a permit part way through the year do I have to pay the full year's fees?

No. Every three months, the fees are reduced by 25%. Please see the fees schedule for the dates and discounts.

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Why do I have to pay for my Resident Parking Permit?

A fee is charged to help recoup the cost of running the scheme. These fees only partly cover the cost of installing and maintaining the signs, and managing the scheme.

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Are all vehicles entitled to a permit?

No. The vehicle cannot be a caravan, box trailer or boat trailer, and must not exceed three tonnes.

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Can I have more permits than the entitlement?

No. Council's policy aims to deal fairly with all residents. North Sydney's streets are already extremely congested. The number of permits issued cannot exceed the amount of actual available on-street parking so limits are set and adhered to.

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Are landlords entitled to a Resident Parking Permit?

No. Only the resident of the dwelling is entitled to a parking permit.

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Can Resident Parking Permits be issued for commercial properties or business owners?

No. Resident Parking Permits are only for residential dwellings, and cannot be issued to anyone who does not reside permanently within the North Sydney Local Government Area.

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Can a Resident Parking Permit be issued for more than one vehicle?

Yes. Shared parking permits are available. These permits may be shared between two residents of the same dwelling, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. Go to Resident Parking Fees.

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Can I get a Resident Parking Permit if my vehicle is registered interstate?

Yes, provided all other eligibility requirements are met, but the permit will be valid for three months only. After the three months has lapsed, you will need to have re-registered your car within NSW. There are no extensions to this permit.

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If my vehicle is registered interstate, do I still have to supply my registration papers?

Yes. We have to ensure that the vehicle is in your name and has current registration papers. If you do not have the original, then a photocopy is sufficient.

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My car is unregistered. Can I still get a Resident Parking Permit?

No. Permits will only be issued to registered vehicles.

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I have just purchased a new car, and the registration papers haven't been issued yet. What can I do?

If it is a new vehicle, registration papers can take some weeks to arrive. We will accept the purchase receipt from the dealership in lieu of the registration papers, but they must have your name, current North Sydney address and registration number on them.

If the vehicle is secondhand, then please provide a receipt from the dealer (as with new vehicles).

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What do I do if I get a new vehicle replacing my existing one?

If you replace your existing vehicle with a new one, you can complete the Replacement Parking Permit form, and supply us with a copy of the new vehicle's registration papers. There is a fee, go to Resident Parking Fees.

Your original permit is not transferrable.

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If I am not entitled to a Resident Parking Permit, do I have any other options?

Yes. Each property is entitled to purchase 30 Visitor Parking Permits per year. Each permit is valid for one day. They can be used in the same area that a standard Resident Parking Permit can.

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I cannot come in to apply for the permit. Can someone else apply for me?

Yes, but the person whose name is on the application form and owns the vehicle (except in the case of borrowed or company vehicles) must sign the application form. If you complete the form, your representative can then apply for and collect your permit.

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My car has been damaged in an accident, and I have been supplied with a courtesy vehicle. Can I get a permit?

Yes. You must supply us with a letter from your insurer or repairer confirming that the vehicle displaying the permit is currently undergoing repairs, and for how long. We can then issue you with a permit (there is a small fee) for a maximum of one month.

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I am using my garage as a storage space. Can I apply for a Resident Parking Permit?

No. The availability of a dedicated parking space on the property will reduce your entitlement for a Resident Parking Permit. A garage should therefore be used for parking. You would need to make alternative arrangements for storage.

Temporary permits may be issued if repairs or other building works affect the parking area.

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I am moving to North Sydney, but will be moving again in less than 12 months. Can I get a permit for less than a year?

All permits expire on 31 March. A partial permit is possible, depending on when you apply. 

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When do the Resident Parking Permits get renewed?

The parking permits are valid from 1 April to 31 March. Renewals are sent out in February.

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I will be overseas during renewals, and cannot come in. Can I apply earlier?

Renewals may be processed before the forms are posted out. Please contact our Customer Service Centre to find out if the new permits have arrived.

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What happens if I do not renew my Resident Parking Permit by 31 March?

All parking permits must be renewed by this date. If you do not, then you must follow the standard parking restrictions shown on the sign, or your vehicle may be fined.

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If I move or sell my car can I get a refund or credit?

No. The fee paid is a processing fee and specific to that permit.

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