Our city is growing and a key issue facing our community is parking. To address this, we’ve looking at the way we do things and reviewing our Parking Management Policy. We want this policy to ensure we manage parking fairly across Merri-bek, responding to key issues faced by the community—and we’d love to hear what you think.

What is a Parking Management Policy?

We know that people who live, work and play in Merri-bek get frustrated if they can't find a car park. It can be hard to park in areas that have experienced population growth and we need to make the best use of the parking spaces we have.

Our Parking Management Policy helps us manage on-street parking and Council-managed off-street car parks around Merri-bek. It helps guide parking management in and around your homes, schools, parks, near public transport and at your local shops.

Why are we reviewing the policy?

Council has an important task in managing different parking needs across our community. Our Parking Management Policy helps us manage parking spaces across Merri-bek and explains how we make decisions about new or existing parking restrictions and parking permits.

On 14 April 2021 Council endorsed the Draft Parking Management Policy for community consultation. Since then, Council officers have also identified some further proposed changes that we are now consulting on.

As part of this, Council has resolved to consult with the community on whether the first resident permit for each household should be free.

Currently, all permits are paid, although concession discounts do apply for Centrelink and Department of Veterans Affairs cardholders. This policy is in line with other nearby local councils such as Darebin, Yarra and Port Phillip.

Charging a fee for permits can incentivise people who have off-street parking options such as garages or driveways, leaving on street parking for other users.

  • Formalising some policies, including extending concession discounts and permit eligibility exemptions
  • Allowing businesses, as well as residents, to access service permits (for tradespeople, etc.)
  • Delegating some parking restriction authority to council officers for safety and operations purposes.
  • Providing further guidance for decision making on appeals
  • Minor changes to car share permit eligibility, operation and fees
  • Other minor changes such as updates to position titles, text revisions for clarity and reference to the new ePermit system

Council also resolved to consult on whether to keep charging a fee for the first persident permit or make it free.

  • Locating car share bays in areas of demand to increase walkable access
  • Revising the consultation process on new car share bays, focusing on those most affected to identify potential issues.
  • Requiring car share operators to ensure vehicles in a dedicated bay is available or in use at least 95 per cent of the time
  • Allowing Council to cancel a dedicated car share bay that is no longer eligible
  • Clarifying that most residents of newer multi-unit developments built after 2011, even where no subdivision has occurred, are not eligible for resident permits (exceptions apply for disability permit holders and smaller scale townhouse developments)
  • Delegating extra authority to officers to make changes to parking restrictions near new or extended public transport stops
  • Delegating extra authority to officers to introduce or change parking restrictions near mixed use developments
  • Other minor administrative changes