Parking

Parking rules exist to improve traffic flow and to ensure the safe and fair use of the roads within the City of Unley for the benefit of everyone.

If your vehicle is found in breach of a road rule, an infringement notice (parking ticket) can be handed to you, secured on the windscreen wiper blade of your vehicle or you can be sent the parking ticket in the mail. How they are enforced is regulated by State law and is the same for all Councils.

Parking expiation fees are not set by Council, fee increases are gazetted following the State Budget and take effect from 1st July annually.

To report a parking problem

Contact the Council on (08) 8372 5111 during office hours.

Paying Infringements

This page includes information on:
 
  • Parking infringements
  • Penalties for overdue payments
  • Payments options
  • Disputing a parking infringement notice
  • Parking forms.

Who is responsible for paying a parking infringement?
The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the infringement notice. If you were not driving the vehicle at the time, you must provide a Statutory Declaration including the full name and address of the driver to the City of Unley.

If the vehicle has been sold prior to the offence date, you should forward a copy of the disposal notice or a Statutory Declaration with the new owner's full name and address.

Penalties for overdue payment
Payment of the infringement notice is required by the due date specified.

Failure to pay by the due date will result in a reminder notice being forwarded to the registered owner of the vehicle which will include:
 
  • A late fee
  • A Motor Vehicle Search Fee
  • A new due date giving the vehicle owner an additional 14 days to pay

If payment is still not made by the end of the reminder notice(s), the infringement notice will be forwarded to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer for enforcement.

Parking fines do not result in demerit points against your driver's licence. However, if the matter proceeds to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer there may be other consequences if not paid including the suspension of your driver's licence or seizure of goods to be sold to satisfy the amount owing. Fine enforcement is administered by the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit.

Get in touch with the Fines Unit today if you have overdue fines. Just call 1800 659 538 or to visit the Fines Unit website.

Payments Options
Pay online with your credit card. Mastercard and Visa are accepted.

By telephone. Please call the City of Unley Council office between 8.30am-5.00pm Monday-Friday. Please have the infringement notice available at the time of the call.

In person. Please present your infringement notice to the City of Unley Council office at 181 Unley Road, Unley between 8.30am-5.00pm Monday-Friday.

By mail. Cheques or Money Orders should be made payable to the City of Unley and forwarded with the infringement notice details to PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.

Receipts will only be issued if clearly requested.
 

Flexible options for paying overdue fines
People now have more flexible options to pay their overdue fines due to changes to the management of fines in South Australia.

A new unit, the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, has been established within the Attorney-General’s Department to recover overdue fine amounts owed to state and local government bodies. These functions moved from the Courts Administration Authority to the new Fines Unit on 3 February 2014.

What this means for fines owed in South Australia 
 
  • It’s now easier for people to manage overdue fines, with more options available. Overdue fines can be paid online and over the phone and in person at any Australia Post Office or Service SA Customer Service Centre
  • People can apply for a Payment Arrangement to spread their payment over a longer period, even before a fine is sent to the Fines Unit for enforcement). Prior to February 2014 an ‘application for relief’ had to be submitted to gain any kind of payment arrangement
  • For those who evade paying their fines escalating enforcement measures will be applied to recover the amounts owed. These enforcements include suspending driver’s licences, clamping and impounding vehicles, seizing and selling assets and making deductions directly from a person’s bank account or salary.

Get in touch with the Fines Unit today if you have overdue fines. Just call 1800 659 538 or visit the Fines Unit website.

To dispute a parking infringement notice
If you were not driving at the time of the offence complete the statutory declaration on the ticket, stating the name and address of the driver or if you had by the time of the offence transferred ownership of the vehicle, give full details of the owner and post to: City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.

Dispute the offence informally by writing to Council using the Submission for Review of Expiation Notice Form. Upon receipt of your appeal, the expiation notice will be put 'on hold' pending a review. You will be advised of the outcome by Council in writing once a decision has been made by the reviewing officer. Please be aware that council cannot consider an appeal once the matter has been transferred to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer, which occurs once the due date on the reminder notice has expired. Any enquiries after this stage will need to be referred to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Officer by phoning 1800 659 538.

Dispute the allegation that you committed the offence and elect to be prosecuted. If you elect to be prosecuted for the offence, you may get a summons. The summons will set out when and where to attend Court. Complete the appropriate section on the infringement notice and post or deliver it to the City of Unley.

If you think the offence(s) was trifling apply to the City of Unley for a review of the infringement notice (for meaning of trifling - see Section 4(2) Expiation of Offences Act 1996).
 
South Australian Statutory Declaration
Submission for Review of Expiation Notice

Parking Permit

Residential Parking Permits
If you wish to apply for a residential parking exemption permit please download the form.
 
Parking Permit Application Form

Private Parking Areas

Council may provide services in relation to policing of the Private Parking Areas Act in private car parks within the City. Infringements can be issued on private property if the owners and Council have made an agreement for the enforcement by Council of the provisions of Part 3 of the Private Parking Areas Act 1986 in relation to that private parking area. For example, Shopping Centre car parks. These car parks all display the appropriate signage.

Offences include:

Parking in a disabled persons parking area (without displaying a permit)
Only vehicles bearing a valid Disabled Permit from the Department of Transport Energy & Infrastructure are permitted in this zone. The Permit entitles the driver to park for the maximum time as indicated on the signs. No extensions of time are permitted. Permit holders may park for 90 minutes extra or double the time whichever is the greater in time limit zones (please ensure you check the signs carefully).

Disabled Parking Permits
An application for a permit is available from Dept of Transport Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI) to people who have permanent disabilities and this permit must be displayed at all times when parked in a Disable Permit Zone. The applicant's doctor completes the appropriate form and the permit is issued in respect to the information provided by the Doctor. There is a cost involved for this permit. Contact Dept of Transport Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI) on 13 10 84

This permit is the means by which Council officers assess the eligibility of vehicles to park in these zones.

The Disabled Person's symbol is displayed in car parks and means that only vehicles displaying a current disabled person's parking permit issued under Part 3D of Motor Vehicles Act 1959 and driven by or carrying the disabled person may use the parking space.

The holder of a disabled person's parking permit must comply with all parking conditions.

Vehicles displaying a Disabled Parking Permit
 
  • Extended time only applies in time limit zones
  • May park for 90 minutes extra or double the time whichever is the greater in time limit zones (please ensure you check the signs carefully)
  • May not park in any other parking area eg "No Stopping" or "Bus Zone" etc

The extended time does not apply in loading zones or non-permissive zones (normal loading zone conditions apply)

Incorrectly parking in a loading area
Loading Zones are only available for the pickup or set down of goods or items, which are too large or heavy to carry conveniently. If you have a commercial vehicle you may use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 30 minutes as long as you are loading or unloading. A 'commercial vehicle' means a motor vehicle constructed solely or mainly for the carriage of goods (including a vehicle of the kind commonly called a utility, but excluding a vehicle of the kind commonly called a station wagon or station sedan).

All other vehicles (this includes station wagons and hatchbacks) may only use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 10 minutes if goods, which due to their weight or size are difficult to handle, are being picked up or set down.

Parking in a no stopping area
A total prohibition on parking applies in these areas as these restrictions are imposed for road and pedestrian safety reasons and to maintain access. You are not permitted to stop or park in these zones at any time, regardless of the reason.

Parking in a permit area (without displaying a permit)
Only vehicles bearing a current, valid Permit are permitted in this type of zone. The Permit must be displayed or the vehicle will be reported. Disabled Permits do not apply and are not valid for use in Permit Zones other than those marked 'Disabled Permit'.

Parking in a restricted parking area
A vehicle must not be parked in a restricted area unless the vehicle is of the class for which the restricted area is established. (Motorcycle only, taxi zone, emergency vehicles only etc.)

Exceeding the specified time limit
The Time limit is the maximum time that a vehicle may park in that area. The vehicle must be driven completely out of and away from the shopping centre. It is recommended that you use parking locations, which are suitable for your purposes, especially if you are expecting to be delayed for any reason.

Signs indicating the maximum time limit in the shopping centres are erected at all entrances to the private parking area from main roads. They are large white signs with black writing and advise drivers that the area is subject to the provisions of the Private Parking Areas Act. They indicate the maximum time limit unless otherwise indicated, such as disabled zones, loading zones, taxi zones and no stopping zones.

 

 

Australian Road Rules

The Australian Road Rules have been made into Regulations under the Road Traffic Act (SA) and came into operation throughout Australia on 1 December 1999. Local Councils are authorised to issue infringement notices for offences defined in Part 12 of the Australian Road Rules 1999.

The Rules were developed by the National Road Transport Commission, State and Territory transport agencies, police and other organisations and have introduced uniform or consistent road rules throughout Australia.

Offences include:

No Stopping Zone and Continuous Yellow Edge Line.
A total prohibition on parking applies in these areas as these restrictions are imposed for road and pedestrian safety reasons and to maintain access. A continuous yellow edge line is a road marking which runs parallel to the kerb.

You are not permitted to stop or park in these zones at any time, regardless of the reason. Even if you are only stopping to let someone out of the car and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.

No Parking
You must not stop in a No Parking area unless dropping off or picking up passengers or goods. You must not leave the car and not take longer than two minutes.

Intersections
Parking your vehicle too close to an intersection can endanger pedestrians and other drivers by blocking their view of the traffic and by restricting other drivers' turning space.

A driver must not stop on a road within 20 metres of the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights.

A driver must not stop on a road within 10 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights.

Parallel Parking
All vehicles must be parked parallel to the kerb unless the signs and or road markings indicate angle parking is required.

All parallel parked vehicles must face the same direction as the moving traffic on that side of the road. This is called 'the lawful direction'. To ensure a clear passage for moving traffic, parallel parked vehicles (other than motor cycles) must have both kerbside wheels as close as practicable to the kerb.

Stopping Across Driveways
You must not stop across your own or another person's driveway, or so close to the driveway that you stop a vehicle from driving in or out.

Parking on a Path, Dividing Strip or Nature Strip
Vehicles must not be parked with any part of the vehicle on a footpath or footway. This includes the grass verge outside your home. Apart from the obstruction of pedestrians, footpaths are not intended to bear the weight of vehicles as damage may be caused to the surface or services located underneath.

A footpath is the area from the kerb to the property boundary, this includes lawns and gardens. A footpath also includes footway, lane or other place made or constructed for the use of pedestrians and not for the use of vehicles. The section of footpath, which enables access to premises, is part of the footpath and is not available for parking.

Bike Lanes
Many of the main roads in the city have lanes, which are provided specifically for bicycle riders. There is signage at the beginning of the lane, along the length of the lane and at the end.

Bike Lanes are a single roadside lane indicated by a solid white continuous road marking. The bicycle symbol is painted on the road on intersections, which form part of the Bike Lane.

Bike Lanes were created as a State Government initiative to provide a legitimate and reasonably unimpeded road area for cyclists and to improve road safety.

It is an offence for a vehicle to be parked with any part of that vehicle in a Bicycle Lane during the times specified on the Bike Lane sign. If there are no times indicated on the sign, the Bike Lane is in operation 24 hours. You must not stop in a Bike Lane at all regardless of your reasons to do so. This is considered a serious offence and a severe penalty applies.

Clearways
Clearways improve traffic flow at the busiest times of the day. A Clearway starts at the Clearway sign and ends at the End Clearway Sign. You cannot stop your car between these signs during the times specified on the Clearway sign.

Bus Zone
Only public buses are permitted in Bus Zones. Bus drivers need unrestricted access to these areas to safely pick up and set down passengers. Unauthorised vehicles create severe inconvenience for bus drivers, particularly during peak periods. Stopping to set down or pick up a passenger is not permitted.

Stopping near a fire hydrant etc
A driver must not stop within one metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator.

Loading Zones
Loading Zones are only available for the pickup or set down of goods or items, which are too large or heavy to carry conveniently. If you have a commercial vehicle you may use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 30 minutes as long as you are loading or unloading. A 'commercial vehicle' means a motor vehicle constructed solely or mainly for the carriage of goods (including a vehicle of the kind commonly called a utility, but excluding a vehicle of the kind commonly called a station wagon or station sedan).

All other vehicles (this includes station wagons and hatchbacks) may only use a Loading Zone for a maximum of 10 minutes if goods, which due to their weight or size are difficult to handle are being picked up or set down.

Children's Crossings
Stopping your vehicle too close to a children's crossing may mean that a child entering the crossing can't see or be seen by an approaching car.

When a children's crossing is in operation (ie. when the flags are displayed) you must not stop:
  • Within 20 metres before the crossing
  • Within 10 metres after the crossing


This means that stopping momentarily to let a child out or pick a child up is an offence.

These restrictions do not apply when flags are not displayed and the crossing is unattended.

However, if there is also a No Stopping sign at the approach to the crossing you must obey it at all times.

Double Parking
Double Parking means a driver must not stop on a road: if the road is a two-way road, between the centre of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road; or if the road is a one-way road, between the far side of the road and another vehicle that is parked at the side of the road.

Council is mindful of congestion around schools and only reports vehicles for this offence when a passenger enters or leaves the vehicle while it is stopped as previously described.

Parking around Schools
Council regularly experiences problems with parking around schools. It is not the responsibility of the Council to provide parking around schools but Council has the difficult task of managing the limited number of on-street spaces available.

For this reason parking restrictions are specifically installed outside schools to control the behaviour of people delivering and collecting students. These restrictions are often installed at the request of the school or nearby residents. Parking patrols ensure the safety of children through enforcement of the parking restrictions.

The basic principle is that a larger number of vehicles can use each space if it is restricted to short term parking and various parking restrictions are used to achieve this. These may include No Stopping, Yellow Edge Line and No Parking restrictions.

Download the Keep Kids Safe: Traffic Rules Around Schools brochure for more information.

Heavy Vehicle Parking
Under the Australian Road Rules 1999, vehicles over 7.5 metres in length (including a trailer attached) or having a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or over can only be parked on a road for a maximum of one hour.

Owners or drivers of a vehicle of 3 tonnes or over wishing to park on a residential property require Development consent. The type of vehicle which need consent include: buses, motor homes, vans, trucks, prime movers, earth moving equipment and associated trailers.

Residential Parking
Some areas within the City have parking restrictions that require vehicles to display a Residential Parking Permit/Exemption to legally park in these areas.

An application for a Residential Parking Permit/Exemption needs to be made to Council in writing and should include the applicants name and address, the vehicle type and registration number of each vehicle that a permit is require for.

Permits must be displayed on each vehicle while it is parked in the zone to prevent an infringement notice being issued.

Signs & Speed Limits

Parking Signs
Parking control signs have been introduced Australia wide, which must comply with the Australian Standard. These signs have symbols instead of words and the larger letters and numbers indicate the times and days parking limits apply. These signs are designed to be easily read while a vehicle is moving.

It is important that signs are read EACH time that your vehicle is parked. Not all parking restrictions are the same in all areas. They may also change due to special events and to accommodate changing needs to the area.

What if I didn't read or didn't understand the signs?
  • It is your responsibility as the driver of a vehicle to read all road and kerbside signage that you may encounter and to comply with the directions or requirements indicated by the signs and or road markings
  • All road and kerbside signage and road markings within the City comply with Australian Standards as prescribed in the Australian Road Rules
  • If you do not understand the information provided on the signs or by the road markings, then you should seek another area in which to park.
  • Infringements may not be cancelled if you did not read, understand or you misinterpreted the information on the signs or the road markings.
Road Markings
  • Lines may be painted on roads to emphasise restrictions or conditions as stated on parking control signs
  • Where parking bays are marked in car parks or on the road surface, parking is only permitted completely within these bays
  • Certain areas have mandatory restrictions and must be kept permanently clear of stationary vehicles. No signage is necessary for these areas however, solid yellow 'No Stopping' road markings may be placed on the road to remind the public (e.g. at traffic lights). These have the same effect as if the area had signs stating 'No Stopping Zone'
  • Where signs are present to indicate a restriction or requirement, they take precedence over any road markings that may be present.
 

Vehicles not moved for 24 hours

Council may tow a vehicle if a complaint is received and it is established that it has not moved for 24 hours. Vehicles will only be impounded as a last resort after all avenues to locate the owner and have them remove the vehicle have been exhausted.

If you have left your vehicle parked illegally and the City of Unley or police believe it is a danger to other road users and is likely to cause traffic congestion or obstruct access to a property, they can arrange for the vehicle to be towed. Vehicles cannot be towed away simply because they are causing an inconvenience to other road users.

If you wish to report a vehicle that may have been abandoned or if you believe your vehicle has been removed, please contact the City of Unley Council office on 8372 5111.
 

Continuing Offences
Once a vehicle has been reported for an offence and remains parked for a further period, a 'Further Offence' Notice can be issued.

If the area is subject to a time limit less than one hour, for each period that the vehicle remains, a 'Further Offence' Notice may be issued. eg. 15 minute parking zone, further offences can be issued every 15 minutes after the initial Infringement Notice.

For all other parking infringements, a Further Offence Notice may be issued for each hour that the vehicle remains parked after the initial Infringement Notice.

Speed Limits in the City of Unley
 

Parking in Goodwood & Wayville

After a successful 12 month trial of four hour parking in a number of streets in Goodwood and Wayville, as well as parking ticket machines in Bartley Crescent, Wayville, Council resolved in its February 2017 meeting to continue with the current arrangements.
 
Residents in the streets near the tram stop can apply for residential parking permits, while on-street parking will be restricted to four hours to allow turnover of parking for local businesses and deter all-day parking from commuters.
 
Council will further consult with residents on Almond and Essex streets to refine the current restrictions, if necessary.
 
Adelaide CBD Commuters
If you park and commute into the CBD, there are 38 unrestricted parking spaces at Railway Terrace South, within close proximity to the Goodwood tram stop. If these are full, we encourage you to utilise the Pay for Use Parking zone on Bartley Crescent in Wayville, which at $4 per day is competitively priced.
 
If you have any questions regarding parking across the City of Unley, please contact a member of our City Development – Transport team on 8372 5111.

Business Parking Permit Trial

Council is currently undertaking a trial where businesses can access parking permits to enable their staff to park beyond the time limit in appropriate streets.

Applications are now closed, with the permits being valid from the date of issue until 31 December 2016. At the end of the trial period, approximately December 2016, a decision will be made whether to continue issuing permits to businesses.

  • What is a business parking permit?

    A business parking permit is a permit placed on the dash of a vehicle, which enables that vehicle to park beyond the time limit posted on the street. Permits are transferable between vehicles.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Applications have now closed.

    All businesses in the City of Unley were able to apply for permits from 21 March 2016 to 30 June 2016.

    Any application must be on behalf of the business. Individual staff members or residents are not able to apply.

  • In which streets can the permits be used?

    Nominating streets
    An applicant must specify which street, or streets, they are applying for on their application.
    These nominated street(s) should have time limit parking controls and be directly adjacent the business or within a reasonable distance of the business.

    Should the application be approved, the applicable street will be stated on the permit.

    Balancing the number of permits per street
    Permits will only be issued for streets where the number of resident exemption permits issued is less than 50 per cent of the total on-street parking supply. This will be calculated by council when assessing the application. For example, if a street has parking for 40 vehicles, and more than 20 resident exemption permits have already been issued for the street, no permits can be issued for businesses.

    In addition to this, the number of business permits issued will only be up to 10 per cent of the total on-street parking supply. For example, if a street has parking for 40 vehicles, only 4 business permits can be issued. 

  • How many permits is each business eligible for?

    There is no set number of permits available for each business.  A decision to issue permits, and the quantity of such permits, will be at the sole discretion of the Council and made on a case-by-case basis. It will however take into consideration the following:

    • the number of staff employed at the business,
    • the number of off-street parking spaces provided by the business,
    • existing parking demand in the area,
    • the number of business permits already issued for the particular street(s).
  • Fees

    Each permit will cost $56 per year, pro rata. An invoice will be issued should the application be approved.

  • Conditions
    • Permits are only valid for the street(s) stated on the permit.
    • Permits are only valid in time limit parking zones. They are not valid in Clearways, No Stopping Zones, No Parking Zones, Permit Zones, or Loading Zones, and all Australian Road Rules with respect to parking must be accorded with.
    • Permits may be revoked at any time at the discretion of Council.
    • Permits will only be valid until 31 December 2016.