New Resident Parking Permit Scheme 2021
In December 2019, Council approved a revised Permit Parking Policy, which has now been updated to align with the mandatory Resident Parking Guidelines issued by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
Under this updated Policy, the provision of Resident Permits (permits assigned to a vehicle registration number) are based on the off-street parking capabilities of the relevant property.
How does this new Policy affect me?
It means eligibility for parking permits has changed and you may not receive the same number of permits that you previously had.
Therefore, all permits that expire on 30 June 2021 will not be renewed and if you are eligible, you will need to reapply for a parking permit under the new Policy.
How do I know if I am eligible for a parking permit under the new Policy?
Please refer to the table on the last page of the Resident Parking Permit Procedures document to determine whether you are eligible for parking permits. To do this, you will need to note the number of vehicles registered to your property (see column A) and minus the number of parking spaces in your private property (see column B).
Under the guidelines, parking spaces in your private property includes any garage, carport and/ or surfaced area for parking, regardless of its current use. The assessment of these parking spaces is determined by Council’s Traffic Engineers. If you disagree with the assessment of number of spaces, you can contact Council to query this, however the final decision remains with Council.
If I am eligible for a parking permit, how do I apply for one?
You would have received a letter advising of the changes and providing you with an application form. Please complete and return the application form as soon as possible. If you did not receive a letter, please contact Council on 9952 8222.
If you recently applied for a parking permit, you will still need to complete the application form and provide all the required documentation, as we are required to reassess all permit applications under the above guidelines. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Permit applications with the required documentation should be received by Council by Friday 28 May 2021. This is to allow time for processing and to ensure that eligible residents receive their permits prior to 30 June 2021. Any applications that are incomplete or received after 28 May 2021 may result in delays of those permits being issued.
Council's Permit Parking Scheme includes a number of Resident Parking Zones to help manage the excess demand for on-street parking. The Resident Parking Zones have time limits for parking in residential streets, with a permit scheme to exempt residents who reside in these streets from these limits. The Scheme has been designed to minimise all-day parking in residential streets by people other than residents of those streets.
Parking in Residential Parking Zones is restricted to two hour periods between 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday. Infringement notices are issued to unauthorised vehicles which exceed the signposted time limits.
The Permit Parking Scheme enables eligible residents to obtain a parking permit from Council. When this permit is correctly displayed on a vehicle, the vehicle is exempt from the time restrictions. The permit is only applicable within its designated Zone and will not exempt the vehicle from parking restrictions in other areas. Vehicles must still be parked legally and in compliance with the Road Rules 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has Council introduced a Permit Parking Scheme?
There has been a growing demand for parking in business areas, near bus stops and around educational facilities which causes parking issues in surrounding residential streets as motorists look for alternative locations to park their vehicles. A Resident Parking Zone creates two-hour parking time limits in residential streets but exempts residents from these time limits through the provision of parking permits. The Scheme helps address parking problems by minimising all-day parking in residential streets by people other than residents.
What parking controls apply?
Council has introduced two-hour parking time limits within the Residential Parking Zones, with time restrictions applying between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. At this stage, time restrictions do not apply on weekends or public holidays. The Zones are patrolled by Council Rangers (Parking Enforcement Officers) and infringement notices are issued to those vehicles that exceed the two-hour time limit and have no valid permit displayed.
What is a Resident Parking Permit?
A permit for eligible residents, which is displayed on their vehicle. A correctly displayed valid permit exempts the resident from the time limits. Permit holders must still park in accordance with Road Rules 2014, within the designated zone and comply with the Permit’s Conditions of use.
How do I obtain a Permit?
When a new Residential Parking Zone is created, residents are notified in writing that time-limited parking is going to be introduced in their area. Included in this notification is a Resident Parking Permit application form which will need to be completed and returned to Council. New residents in areas where a Residential Parking Zone already exists should contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222 to obtain an application form. Permits will only be offered to residents who meet the eligibility criteria outlined on the application form.
How many Permits can I have?
A free visitor permit (one only) is available per residential property. If you have less than two off street parking spaces on your property i.e. no garage or driveway on your property, you may be entitled to a resident permit if you meet the eligibility requirements.
What is an eligible vehicle?
An eligible vehicle is one that is registered to your address and parked there during the week. This does not include caravans, box and boat trailers or vehicles heavier than 3-tonne.
Does a Permit guarantee me a parking space in front of my property?
No – but the parking restrictions should free up some of the spaces previously used by all-day parkers.
I am renting. Am I eligible for a Resident Parking Permit?
Yes – a free visitor permit (one only) is available to the occupant of the residence. You may use your vehicle registration papers / rental agreement as proof of occupancy.
I have regular visitors to my home who care for me / my children, can I obtain a Permit for these people?
Each individual situation is assessed on its merits. The application form explains the process for obtaining permits for carers.
Where does the Permit Parking Scheme apply?
Maps indicating the zones can be downloaded.
How can I have a Permit Parking Scheme introduced in my street?
If available parking within your street is dramatically restricted due to all-day parking by non-residents, you should contact Council. Council staff will investigate and may conduct a survey of residents to determine if the area is suitable for introduction of the Permit Parking Scheme. Alternatively, you can complete a petition signed by the affected residents and forward it to Council for consideration. A petition format is available from Council.
Am I an eligible resident?
To be eligible you must be a permanent resident (including rental tenants) of a property located in a Residential Parking Scheme zone. Proof of eligibility must be provided before a permit can be issued.
Resident Parking Scheme Policy
The Resident Parking Scheme Policy aims to provide the Ryde municipality with a strategically planned and coordinated approach to residential parking areas. This Policy reflects the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) guidelines that outline the areas in Ryde which can be zoned as residential parking areas.
How can I find out more about the Permit Parking Scheme?
Enquiries may be directed to Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222 between 8am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.