Tips and Rules for Safe and Legal Parking

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Tips and Rules for Safe and Legal Parking

Parkign Tips

Parking Tips

  • Ask a Council's Rangers for assistance or advice regarding parking rules - they are only too happy to provide assistance and advice, directions and general information about parking related matters and Coffs Harbour City Council.
  • Read all signs - regulated parking areas are clearly sign posted to advise motorist of parking requirements for that particular area, paying particular attention to multiple signs and time restrictions.
  • “No Parking” areas can be utilised for drop off and pick up zones were the driver does not stay longer than 2 minutes and is within 3 metres of the vehicle.
  • Be aware of signage changes as some timed zones may become School Zones, Clearways, Transit Lanes or Bus Lanes.
  • Do not stop at anytime in a No Stopping zone, Clearway or Bus Zone.
  • Only park in a Loading Zone if your vehicle is principally designed for the carrying of goods. Sedans are not permitted at any time.
  • Disabled Zones are designated for vehicles with a valid RTA Mobility Parking Scheme permit, which has to be displayed clearly on your vehicle in the correct manner (the penalty is excess of $430).
  • Do not park within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.

Received a Parking Fine? Find further information here.

Parking Rules

Council is using unbroken yellow edge lines on the side of roads to denote No Stopping Zones. These painted yellow lines are more durable, easier to maintain and have less visual impact on the appearance of an area than road signs.

A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line.

These areas need to be kept clear so that drivers and pedestrians have an unimpeded view of each other and road safety is maintained. Police and council parking officers can enforce this road rule without any other road signs or indications required.

You can check out rule 169 of the Road Rules (no Stopping on a road with a yellow edge line) and all of the road rules on the Transport for NSW website.

The NO STOPPING sign means you are not permitted to stop unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). These zones are created for public safety. Dropping off of passengers or goods in these zones is an offence.

A driver must not stop in a BUS ZONE unless the driver is driving a public bus, in the course of a paid regular service. 

In a TAXI ZONE, you are not permitted to stop unless you are driving a TAXI.

The NO PARKING symbol means you may stop for a maximum of two minutes. The driver must be in attendance of the vehicle and not more than three metres from the vehicle. This is to allow a vehicle to pick up or drop off passengers and good. (Eg dropping children off a school within No Parking Zones.)

When parking in a car parking area that has marked parking bays, a driver must position the driver's vehicle completely within a single marked parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay. Such areas are usually signposted as RESTRICTED PARKING AREA (Coffs Harbour Airport has restricted parking).

​A vehicle must not stop within 10 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights unless a sign allows you to park there. This extends to 20 meters if the intersection has traffic lights.

A vehicle must not stop within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a childrens' crossing or pedestrian crossing. 


​Under Road Rule 208 it is an offence for a motor vehicle to stop on a path/strip in a built up area unless there are permissible parking signs or a hard bay surface constructed for the purpose of motor vehicle parking. It is also an offence to park on or across a driveway or other property entrance.

Council will exercise discretion in enforcing the rules in some streets where circumstances warrant such discretion.

Loading Zones are clearly signed parking areas set aside for short term use by certain vehicles when loading and unloading good in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Loading Zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed for carrying goods. Loading zones may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.Station Wagons and three-wheeled motorcycles (principally designed for carrying goods) may park in a loading zone for up to 15 minutes only. The majority of 4WD, hatchback and other coupe and sport type vehicles are not defined as a station wagon under the NSW regulations as they are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods, and are excluded from being allowed to park in these zones.

These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 30 minutes in loading zones:


These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 15 minutes in loading zones:


These vehicle types are EXCLUDED from parking in loading zones and include:


  • Any AWD or 4WD type of vehicle.
  • Any type of people mover vehicle.
  • Any small SUV-type vehicle.

A time limit may be stated on permissive parking signs. This enables anyone to use the available parking area for a set period. The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (eg '1P' means one hour parking; '1/2P' half hour parking). Where the limit is very short (eg 5 minutes) the word MINUTE or MIN is shown with the number. Once the time limit has been reached the vehicle must leave the area.

(NOTE: The time limit displayed limits how long you may park in an area and dose not refer to the individual parking space. Vehicles must leave the area (time zone) in which they are parked to comply with the time restriction.)

​Coffs Harbour City Council has several free car parks located with its CBD area: 

Park Ave Car Park - three levels with 2hr, 3hr and all day parking available.

Castle St Car Park - eight levels with 2hr, 3hr and all day parking available.

Gordon St Car Park - all day parking available.

Elbow St Car Park - all day parking available.

Scarba St Car Park - 3hr and all day parking available.

Lister St Car Park - all day parking available.

Coffs St Car Park - 2hr parking available.

In these car parks vehicles must park wholly within marked parking bays. Time limits are as sign posted. Vehicles must leave the car parking area upon the expiry of the parking time limit.

At this time there are no private parking areas patrolled by Council.

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to providing a safe environment for the community around schools. Parking unsafely can put children's lives at risk. Increased fines and loss of demerit points apply when certain parking offences are committed in an operating school zone. 

  • Parking in a driveway or on a footpath
  • Stopping in a Bus Zone or No Stopping Area.
  • Stopping on or near a pedestrian or children's crossing
  • Double parking
  • Parking in a No Parking are for longer than allowed.

Council encourages parents to plan ahead when making arrangements in dropping off or picking children up from school.


Disabled drivers with a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit displayed on the windscreen are entitled to the following parking concessions:   

  • When parking  is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park all day.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign for 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for 2hrs.
  • Where parking is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for a maximum of 30 minutes.

All disability parking permits issued in NSW will consist of an MPS permit and an Australian Disability Permit. You must display the new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with your NSW MPS permit to be eligible for parking concessions. The permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder. Heavy fines apply for misuse.

Full details regarding obtaining and using MPS permits are available from the Roads, Transport and Marine Service (formally know as the Roads and Traffic Authority)