Parking

If you recently received a City of Darebin fine related to parking, local laws, littering, environmental health, planning or for your pet there are a number of options available to you.

Important information regarding LaTrobe University Infringements

As from 1 July 2020 the City of Darebin will no longer be administering LaTrobe University Parking Infringements. Further information on Parking at LaTrobe University can be found at the LaTrobe Traffic and Parking Office.

 

How to pay a fine

Payments via Phone

Payments via phone can be made by credit card (Master Card and Visa).

Call 1300 954 297 and follow the prompts. You will need the seven digit ticket number printed on the front of the notice.

Payments via the Internet

Payments via the Internet can be made by credit card (Master Card and Visa) only.

Visit Payments Online and follow the prompts. You will need the seven digit ticket number printed on the front of the notice.

Payments Online

Payments via Mail
Payment of the infringement may be made by money order or cheque marked “Not Negotiable” and payable to the City of Darebin. Payments by cheque are not deemed to be paid until the cheque has been honoured.

City of Darebin
PO Box 91
PRESTON VIC 3072.

Payments in Person

Payments can be made in person by visiting any Darebin Customer Service Centre

Note:

Late fees may apply if payment is made after the due date printed on the Infringement Notice.

Infringements issued within the last 3 days may not be available for payment as yet.

How to object to a Fine

If you believe you have grounds for special consideration you may apply for an internal review of your infringement prior to the due date of the notice.

For parking infringements please refer to "Parking fines where you were not the driver or owner" before submitting any applications.

By law, you are entitled to request one review of your fine, which means you need to give us all of the relevant details when applying to help us to make a decision.

You may lodge an objection to your infringement online below. If you have already submitted a request for review of your infringement please call 8470 8888 for an update. Do not submit another review application.

Or download and complete the Application for Internal Review Form

All requests for internal review must be made in writing and will be considered by the Darebin Appeals Committee. It is our standard practice to investigate all appeals, including verification of evidence and witness statements. All decisions will be notified in writing. 

Please note: Under legislation the Mayor and Councillors are unable to have any involvement in City of Darebin's administrative functions, and are therefore unable to respond to letters about any fines.

Magistrates' Court

If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may submit your case to the Magistrates Court. It will then be considered by an independent arbitrator. You may elect to have your case heard in the Magistrates Court at any time. 

Please complete the Known User Nomination Statement/Request for Court Hearing Form to request a court hearing.

Parking fines where you are not the owner

If you have a parking fine, it’s important to understand that under Victorian law, the only people who can apply for a review are:

  • the registered owner
  • their authorised representative or
  • a person who has been formally nominated as the driver.

This is because parking fines are issued to ‘the owner’ of the vehicle. If the vehicle isn’t registered in your name, you must supply one of the following documents with your application:

  • to be formally nominated as the driver: a Known User Nomination Statement must be completed by the owner
  • to act as the owner’s authorised representative: a letter from the owner authorising you to act on their behalf.

The Road Rules allow for the following defences for parking fines only: 

  • when a driver stops to avoid a collision;
  • when a driver’s vehicle is broken down;
  • where there is a medical or other type of emergency;
  • when a driver stops in the interests of safety; or
  • when a driver stops to comply with another law

When using any of these defences the types of supporting evidence you should provide include a full description of the situation including a sworn statement from any witnesses, a sketch or photograph of the scene, receipts from a towing company, mechanic or the RACV showing dates and times, or a doctor’s certificate.

Further Information

Customer Service

Ph: 8470 8888

Email:mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au



You require a permit to park in specifically marked permit areas.

Residential Parking Permits


People who have parking restrictions outside or within 100 metres of their home can apply for a permit to park in the area to stay over the time limit. See the Conditions of issue Parking Permit Information Brochure for details. 

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the Residential Parking Permit Application Form. 
  2. Read the Conditions of issue and Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Return the form to any Customer Service Centre along with your payment.

 

Replacement Permits
If you require a replacement permit, you need to print, complete and submit the Replacement Residential Parking Permit Application Form. Please do not send cash in the mail. If sending an application in the mail with a  money order/cheque or alternatively attend a customer service branch for other payment options.

For all other questions, please read the Residential Parking Permit Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Temporary Parking Permits
Temporary parking permits are available for all properties for a 4-week period.

Type One temporary permits are available to residents of properties that were constructed proir to December 2004 

Type Two temporary permits are available to residents of properties that were constructed after December 2004

 

Paying your Parking Permit Renewal
You can make payments to us via the following methods:

  1. Online with Darebin Council at Payments Online
  2. Online with BPAY at your bank
  3. Telephone  payment  by calling 1300 954 297

 

Number of Permits
Each household can have a maximum of two permits.

Households with off-street parking (eg driveway), right of way (laneway between house blocks) or with a garage are entitled to one permit only.

Permits expire 28 February 2022

 

Cost of permits

 

Permit One: $44.00

Permit Two: $67.00

 

Pension Permit One: $22.00

Pension Permit Two: $33.50

 

Type One Temporary Permit $44.00 per month

Type Two Temporary Permit $100.00 for the first month

Type Two Temporary Permit $300.00 for subsequent months within a 12-month period.

 

Parking using a Permit
The residential parking permit will allow you to park outside residential properties only in the area that it was issued. Click here to view the Parking Area applicable to your property

 

These permits are not valid on a main road and do not exempt the holder from receiving penalties for Clearways, No Stopping, Loading Zones or other statutory offences.

Links

 

Disabled Parking Permits

Victoria is transitioning to the new Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Scheme and online system.

This means that residents and organisations requiring a new permit or to renew/replace a current permit will need to apply with the new application process.

The new APP Scheme and online system will streamline the application process, making it easier, simpler and more consistent across the state.

Improvements to the Scheme include:

  • Introduction of temporary permits for 6, 12 or 24 months;
  • Increased permit length from 3 years to 5 years for individuals;
  • Introduction of a permanent disability classification, so reassessments are not required for future permit renewals;
  • A new single and secure state-wide permit design that will reduce the misuse of permits;
  • The inclusion of occupational therapists as assessors, in addition to GPs;
  • Double Time (green permits) and permits for organisations will continue under the new scheme.

How to apply

Individual applicant - New Permit/Renewing a Permit

  1. Start your application online
  2. You’ll receive an application reference number via SMS sent to your mobile phone
  3. Take your reference number to your GP or occupational therapist
  4. Your GP or occupational therapist will complete an online assessment and submit your application
  5. If your application is successful, you’ll receive your permit in the mail

Organisation - New Permit/Renewing a Permit

  1. Start your application online
  2. You’ll receive an application reference number via SMS sent to your mobile phone and email
  3. If your application is successful, you’ll be able to pick up your permit from Council

Replacing an Existing Permit – Individual Applicant and Organisations

  1. Start your replacement application online
  2. You’ll receive a replacement application reference number via SMS sent to your mobile phone and email
  3. If your application is successful, you’ll be able to pick up the permit from Council

Additional information to common questions, application process and dispute resolution can be found at www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au

 

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone: 8470 8888

Video: How to arrange a parking permit for your household.

You can request changes to parking on your street, including adding, removing or changing restrictions.

Requesting parking changes in your street

 

Darebin Council strongly believes that community input is critical to good decision making. In 2019 we heard from many people that they want a localised approach address parking challenges as our City grows. Thank you to those that prepared a submission and shared your views. 

 

If you are seeking changes to local parking arrangements in your street, you can make a request to Council.

Complete this form, with support from at least one other resident or local business. 

Forms can be forwarded to Council’s Sustainable Transport department by emailing transport@darebin.vic.gov.au or by mailing them to 274 Gower Street, Preston, 3072.


When a request is received, Council will:
Step 1: Engage local residents and businesses - we will send you a request to fill in a survey. You can use the survey to tell us your challenges or ideas about parking in your area. 
Step 2:  We will review all survey feedback. We will look at how often on-street parking in your area is being used. If there is a need for change, a parking plan will be prepared.
Step 3: If a change is needed, we will send you a letter with a parking plan that explains what changes are proposed. You can give feedback on the parking plan.
Step 4: We will review all feedback on the parking plan. We will modify the plan as required.
Step 5: We will send you a copy of the final parking plan and let you know when the changes will be made.
Step 6: The changes will be made in your street

Reviewing a change request and consulting on changes in a street typically takes 3 to 5 months depending on the number of enquiries received and the complexity of the issues in the area.

 

Please note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Council’s attention is now focused on ensuring resources are available to help the most vulnerable in our community stay safe while keeping our essential services operational. With the focus being on our response to coronavirus, Council understands people’s priorities are elsewhere at the moment and as such may not be able to fully engage with the process. As a result, there will be a delay in actioning parking change requests during this sensitive time. We are not yet able to confirm when Council will be in a position to commence investigating the change requests, however we will update this page and get in contact with concerned residents when we know more.

 

Parking requests will be prioritised for review based on whether there are safety issues that need attention and the order the requests were received. This means that sometimes requests can be on a waiting list for 6 months. Council staff can let you know approximately when to expect your request to be reviewed. In considering parking change requests and how to best manage them, we will prioritise safety and needs of disabled or the very old and very young.

 

Parking Requests that council has already received and which will be reviewed:

(This is an alphabetical list of streets with current petitions for parking restrictions that are currently in progress)

Rowe St, Alphington

Yarana Rd, Alphington

Gillies St, Fairfield (between Railway Pl and Heidelberg Rd)

Mitchell St, Fairfield

Springthorpe Estate, Macleod

Ballantyne St, Northcote (between High St and Stott St)

Bridge St, Northcote (between Timmins St and George St)

Cain Ave, Northcote 

Eunson Ave, Northcote

Herbert St, Northcote (between Arthurton Rd and Turnbull Grove)

Mitchell St, Northcote (between Derby Street and Andrew Street)

Pearl St, Northcote

South Cr, Northcote

Timmins St, Northcote (between Union St and Bridge St)

Vauxhall Rd, Northcote

Beauchamp St, Preston

Flett St, Preston

Furzer St, Preston

Garnet St, Preston

Milton Cr, Preston

Mitchell St, Preston

Morgan St, Preston

Ovando St, Preston

Pender St, Preston

Quinn St, Preston

Robeson St, Preston

Seymour St, Preston

Stanworth Crt, Preston

Stone St, Preston

Union St, Preston

Wilcox St, Preston

Normanby Ave, Thornbury (Approx.350 metres of length West of St Georges Rd)

Delaware St, Reservoir

Fyfe St, Reservoir 

Kelverne St, Reservoir

Maclagan Cr, Reservoir

Plateau Rd, Reservoir

Queen St, Reservoir

Radford Rd, Reservoir

Raleigh St, Thornbury (east of Station Street)

Storey Rd, Reservoir

Suffolk St, Reservoir

Vale St, Reservoir

Clapham St, Thornbury

Collins St, Thornbury

Raleigh St, Thornbury (between High St and St David St)

 

Parking Management in commercial areas

By restricting parking times to, in most cases, one hour parking (1P), we can provide high parking turnover and maximise the accessibility of visitors to Darebin businesses.

 

We are responsible for the smooth and safe flow of traffic through the municipality. no stopping, school crossings, and limited parking signs are patrolled on a daily basis.

Changes to clearways and tow-away zones 

 

The Victorian Government is introducing changes to clearways to keep traffic flowing smoothly on Melbourne’s busy roads. 

 

Clearways and tow-away zones help keep traffic flowing and reduce congestion by making sure there are no parked cars blocking roads during peak times.

In November 2020, clearway signs will be updated to include a tow-away zones.  This will help to create consistency through Darebin and reduce confusion for local drivers and visitors to the area.

 

From 1 December 2020, all existing clearways within 20 kilometres of Melbourne’s CBD will become tow-away zones. 

 

While it is currently an offence to park in a clearway during the restricted times, under the new rules drivers parked illegally will receive a fine and have their vehicle towed.  An additional vehicle release fee will apply once the tow-away zones are in place.

 

The Clearways Management Program is part of the Victorian Government’s $340 million package to keep traffic moving on Melbourne’s roads.  This broader program will transform the way we manage the road network by improving our response to proactive and predictable real time road management.

 

For more information visit the Clearway and tow-away zones page of the VicRoads website.

 

 

No Stopping
A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no stopping sign applies.

No Stopping means no stopping at all – even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.

Stopping in a No Stopping zone is an offence, unless you are outside the times specified on the signs.

Rule 167 - No Stopping

No Parking
The driver of a vehicle must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver:

  •     is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods
  •     does not leave the vehicle unattended
  •     completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers or goods, and drives on, as soon as possible and, in any case, within the required time after stopping.
Rule 168 - No Parking

Stopping in or Near an Intersection
A driver must not stop in an intersection.

A driver must not stop on a road within 20 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules.

Rule 170 - Stopping Near or in an Intersection

Stopping in or Near a School Crossing
A driver must not stop on a children’s crossing, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place.

Rule 171 - Stopping in or Near a School Crossing

Stopping in or Near a Pedestrian Crossing
A driver must not stop on a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules.

Rule 172 - Stopping in or Near a Pedestrian Crossing


Stopping in a Loading Zone
A driver must not stop in a loading zone unless the driver is driving:
  •     a public passenger vehicle or taxi that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers
  •     a truck that is dropping off, or picking up, goods
  •     a courier vehicle displaying a courier vehicle sign
  •     a delivery vehicle displaying a delivery vehicle sign.
Rule 179 - Stopping in a Loading Zone

Stopping in a Bus Zone
A driver must not stop in a bus zone unless the driver is driving a public bus (except a public bus of a kind that is not permitted to stop in the bus zone by information on or with the bus zone sign applying to the bus zone).

Rule 183 - Stopping in a Bus Zone

Stopping in a Permit Zone
A driver must not stop in a permit zone unless the driver’s vehicle displays a current permit issued by the person or body responsible for the care and management of the permit zone that permits the vehicle to stop in the zone.

Rule 185 - Stopping in a Permit Zone

Stopping on a Path, Dividing Strip or Naturestrip
A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless:
  •     the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules
  •     the driver’s vehicle is a motor cycle and the driver stops in a place where the motor cycle does not inconvenience, obstruct, hinder or prevent the free passage of any pedestrian or other vehicle
  •     the driver is using a vehicle for the purpose of the operation of a detection device prescribed for the purposes of section 66 of the Road Safety Act 1986.
Rule 197 - Stopping on a Path, Dividing Strip or Naturestrip

Obstructing a Footpath or Driveway
A driver must not stop on a road in a position that obstructs access by vehicles or pedestrians to or from a footpath ramp or a similar way of access to a footpath, or a bicycle path or passageway unless—
(a) the driver is driving a public bus that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers; or
(b) the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under the Road Rules.

Rule 198 - Obstructing a Footpath or Driveway

Stopping Heavy and Long Vehicles
A driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built up area, except on the shoulder of the road, unless the length of road is an emergency stopping lane and the driver is permitted to stop in it under rule 178.

Rule 200 - Stopping Heavy and Long Vehicles

Parallel Parking on a Road
The driver must position the vehicle to face in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic on, or next to, the part of the road where the driver parks.

Rule 208 - Parallel Parking on a Road

Disability Parking
A driver must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless:
  •     the driver’s vehicle displays a current parking permit for people with disabilities
  •     the driver complies with the conditions of use of the permit.
Rule 203 - Disability Parking

Parking in Parking Bays
A driver must not park on a length of road, or in an area, to which a park in bays only sign applies, except in a parking bay.

A driver who parks in a parking bay must position the driver’s vehicle completely within the bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.

Rule 211 - Parking in Parking Bays

Parking for Longer than Indicated
A driver must not park continuously on a length of road, or in an area, to which a permissive parking sign applies for longer than the period indicated by information on or with the sign or, if rule 206 [time extension for people with disabilities] applies to the driver, the period allowed under that rule.

Rule 205 - Parking for longer than indicated

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

Darebin has many Accessible Parking Bays located across the municipality.

Apply for an Accessible (Disabled) Parking Bay

If you would like to apply for a residential accessible (disabled) parking space to be installed within your street, please complete this form.

An application for a residential accessible parking space will be considered where;

  1. The resident holds a Category 1 disability parking permit.
  2. There is no suitable off-street parking available at the property generating the request.
  3. There is no existing accessible parking space near the property that could be used by the applicant.
  4. It is safe and legal to provide a parking space nearby.

The completed application form should be returned by either;

Email: transport@darebin.vic.gov.au

Mail: PO Box 91, Preston, VIC 3072

Fax: 8470 8877

Work Zones Parking Bays are allocated parking bays on the roadway that can be used if you are driving a vehicle used in construction work or can be used as parking by workers of the construction site.

The fees for Work Zone Parking Bays are:

First stage
 * Assessment fee - $225.00

Note: we do not provide refunds for unsuccessful assessments.

Second stage
 *   Installation and removal of signs - $694.30
 *   Road occupation fee - $196.55 per bay/per month

(All fees include GST)

Note: Installation of signs can take up to 10 business days after installation fees have been received.

 

You need to provide information for your application such as the day, time, duration, purpose and number of bays.

 

To apply for a work zone parking assessment visit the Application Lodgement page.