It's free to park on the street in the city centre. There's a two-hour time limit and then you need to move your vehicle. If you’re staying longer it’s best to use the parking buildings or the all-day off-street car parks.
Parking at a glance
- Normal fees apply at the all-day off-street car parks and the two parking buildings.
- All on-street car parking in the city centre is free.
- There’s a two hour time limit and then you must move your vehicle to a paid parking area.
- The two-hour time limit applies to all streets between Harington Street and Second Avenue, except where P15, P30 and P60 spaces are signposted.
- Time restrictions for on-street parking apply Monday to Saturday, 8am – 4pm.
- Three short-term off-street car parks are free. These are: Library/Council car park; Masonic car park; and Devonport Road car park. Time restrictions for these car parks apply 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Free parking with a two-hour time limit is a trial to help support local businesses. Staff will monitor the trial and report back to the council by the end of November, 2020.
CBD parking map (94kb pdf)
Questions about free parking
All on-street car parking in the city centre is free with a two-hour time limit (there are some parking spaces with 15, 30 and 60min limits). Time restrictions apply. If you overstay you are likely to be ticketed.
The three short-term off-street car parks are also free with time restrictions.
- Council car park P180 (three-hour limit)
- Masonic car park P120 (two-hour limit)
- Devonport Road car park P180 (three-hour limit)
Normal fees apply at the all-day car parks and the two parking buildings.
There is no ability to pay for extra parking time in the free-parking zone. Please observe the time restrictions or you are likely to be ticketed.
The maximum time limit for parking on the street is two hours (P120). There is a small number of P15, P30 and P60 spaces in the city centre.
Street-parking: time limits apply Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm.
Short-term off-street car parks: time limits apply Monday to Friday, 9am -3pm.
We have parking officers on patrol as usual. Licence Plate Recognition technology will be used from September to identify any vehicles that overstay the time restriction.
If you think you will need more than two hours, please use the parking buildings or the off-street car parks. Normal charges apply for these. The aim of the free parking is to make it easy for people to find car parks when they are shopping or attending to business for short periods of time.
- Cliff Road
- Dive Crescent
- Waterfront Strand (entry off Dive Crescent)
- TV3 rooftop carpark (corner Durham and Wharf)
- Elizabeth Street parking building (entrances on Elizabeth Street and First Avenue)
- Spring Street parking building (entry on Durham Street)
The on-street parking machines display a message to say ‘free parking – time restrictions apply’. You don't need to use the machines unless paying to park your car at the all-day off-street car parks: Cliff Road, Dive Crescent, Strand Waterfront or TV3 Rooftop.
If you choose to drive into town, the best option for all-day parking is to use the off-street car parks or parking buildings.
- Cliff Road car park ($5.00 per day) - closed and locked on weekends, public holidays and between 7pm - 7am weekdays.
- Dive Crescent car park ($6.00 per day)
- Waterfront car park ($8.00 per day) - closed and locked between 11:30pm - 6am Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
- TV3 rooftop car park ($8.00 per day)
- Elizabeth Street parking building (open 24/7)
- Spring Street parking building (open 24/7)
Yes, you can still use PayMyPark for the all-day off-street car parks. As the free parking is a trial, all zones will continue to show up on the app including the free parking areas. The app won’t let you pay for parking in the free parking areas.
Free parking is a trial to support local businesses. Staff will monitor the effect of the free parking trial and report back to the council on 30 November, 2020.
If you have any queries about leased parking or would like to apply for a leased car park please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Care Park on 0508 727 533. Phones are monitored 24/7.
Paying for parking
Paperless parking machines and PayMyPark app
Full list of parking fees
Last Reviewed: 30/07/2020