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.

Parking Infringements

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 will be sent to you by post. Enforcement of infringement notices is regulated by State law and is the same for all councils.

 

  • Who sets expiation fees?

    Parking expiation fees are set by the State Government and not by Council. Fee increases are gazetted following the annual State Budget and take effect from 1 July each year.

  • 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 was 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 expiation fee is required by the due date specified on the infringement notice.

    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
    • Motor Vehicle Search fee
    • New due date providing the vehicle owner with an additional 14 days to pay.

    If payment is still not made by the due date of the reminder notice(s), the infringement notice will be forwarded to the Chief 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 State Government's Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit.

    If you have overdue fines, please get in touch with the Fines Unit today. Phone 1800 659 538 or visit the Fines Unit website.

  • Payments Options

    Online
    Pay online
     with your Mastercard or Visa.

    By telephone
    Please phone the City of Unley Council office between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please have the infringement notice available at the time of the call.


    In person 
    Please present your infringement notice at the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to 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

    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.

    What does this mean for fines owed in South Australia?

    • Overdue fines can be paid online, 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.
    • 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.

    Discuss overdue expiations with the Fines Unit. Phone 1800 659 538 or visit the Fines Unit website.

  • Dispute a parking infringement notice

    You were not the driver
    If you were not driving at the time of the offence please complete the statutory declaration on the ticket and include:

    • Name and address of the vehicle driver.
    • Full details of the owner (if ownership of the car had been transferred before the infringement notice was issued).

    Post to City of Unley, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061.

    Informal dispute
    Dispute the offence informally by writing to Council using the Submission for Review of Expiation Notice form below. 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.

    Council cannot consider an appeal once the matter has been transferred to the Chief Recovery Officer, which occurs once the due date on the reminder notice has expired. Any enquiries after this stage must be referred to the Chief Recovery Officer by phoning 1800 659 538.

    Dispute 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 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).

Parking Permits

You may be eligible for a Residential or Disabled Parking Permit to assist you with parking restrictions.

  • Residential Parking Permit

    A permit is available where the parking adjacent to your home is restricted by time limitations. To apply for a residential parking exemption permit please complete and return the below form.

    Parking Permit Application Form

  • Disabled Parking Permit

    An application for a permit is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to people who have permanent disabilities.

    A Disabled Parking Permit must be displayed at all times when parked in a Disable Permit Zone.

    The Disabled Person's symbol indicates car parks 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.

    Vehicles displaying a Disabled Parking Permit:

    • Must comply with all parking conditions
    • May park for 90 additional minutes or double the time limit, whichever is the greater in time limit zones*
    • May not park in any other parking area eg No Stopping or Bus Zone.
     

    *The extended time only applies in time limit zones and does not apply in loading zones or non-permissive zones (normal loading zone conditions apply).

    To apply, visit the South Australian Government website and download an application form. The applicant's doctor must complete a section of the form. A permit is issued in respect to the information provided by the doctor. An application fee is required for this permit.

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 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 of Unley 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.

  • 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 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 of less than one hour, for each period that the vehicle remains, a 'Further Offence' Notice may be issued. For example, in a 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.

Private Parking Areas

Council may provide services in relation to policing of the Private Parking Areas Act 1986 (the 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 Council enforcement of the provisions of Part 3 of the Act 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 Parking Permit from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) are permitted to park in a disabled parking zone.

    The permit entitles the driver to park for the maximum time as indicated on the signs. No extensions of time are permitted.

    In time limit zones, Disabled Parking Permit holders may park for an additional 90 minutes or double the time, whichever is the greater in time limit zones.

  • Incorrectly parking in a loading zone
    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 zones
    A total prohibition on parking applies in no stopping zones 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 permit zones. 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 as Disabled Permit Zones.
  • 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. For example, motorcycle only, taxi zone, emergency vehicles only.
  • Exceeding the specified time limit
    The time limit is the maximum time that a vehicle may park in that zone before being driven completely out of and away from the area.

    Signs indicating the maximum time limit (unless otherwise indicated) in 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 1986.

Speed Limits

There are a variety of speed limits across the City of Unley, which are outlined on the map below.
 

Australian Road Rules

The Australian Road Rules have been made into Regulations under the Road Traffic Act 1961. Local councils are authorised to issue infringement notices for offences defined in Part 12 of the Australian Road Rules.

The Rules were developed by the National Road Transport Commission, State and Territory transport agencies, police and other organisations for the purpose of introducing consistent road rules throughout Australia.
  • 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 Zones

    You must not stop in a 'No Parking' area unless dropping off or picking up passengers or goods. You must not leave the car or 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 the turning space of other drivers.

    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, including 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 main roads in the City of Unley have lanes that are provided specifically for bike riders. Signage is installed 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 bike lane during the times specified on the bike lane signage. If 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 signage.

  • Bus Zones

    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

    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, and
    • 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.

  • 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, vehicles more than 7.5 metres in length (including a trailer attached) or having a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or more can only be parked on a road for a maximum of one hour.

    Owners or drivers of a vehicle of 3 tonnes or more wishing to park on a residential property require development consent. The type of vehicles that require consent include buses, motor homes, vans, trucks, prime movers, earth moving equipment and associated trailers.

  • Residential parking

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

    An application for a Residential Parking Permit must be made to Council by completing and submitting a Residential Parking Permit application form.

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