Residential parking

Brisbane residential areas have parking rules in place to ensure parked or stopped vehicles do not affect local access or traffic flow. Parking illegally can be frustrating for neighbours and the community. Residents are often prevented from accessing their home or local area. If vehicles are illegally parked, Council can help.

There are two courses of action you can take to deal with parking problems in your area.

  • if vehicles are illegally parked, contact Council and request enforcement
  • if the problem occurs regularly, complete the Parking Issue Register and record the time, date and details of how the car is affecting traffic flow or local access

After completing the Parking Issue Register, return it to Council to investigate the problem.

Parking issues

Understanding where vehicles are allowed to park can help you work out whether there is illegal parking in your area.

Blocked driveways

Drivers must not park on or across a driveway or prevent access to a property. This includes parking in your own driveway outside of the property boundary. Parking in this manner restricts pedestrian access and can reduce visibility for other road users.

Council will issue warnings or fines where appropriate. However, if the problem occurs regularly, please complete the Parking Issue Register to provide Council with as much information as possible. Council will assess the most effective solution to address this problem.

Parking between driveways

Drivers are responsible for making sure their vehicle fits in the available space. This includes the space between driveways, which may be too small for parking. If a vehicle is parked across any section of a driveway, contact Council and request enforcement. If this problem occurs regularly, please complete the Parking Issue Register and return it to Council to assess the most effective solution.

Street parking

Unless there are No Stopping signs or lines place, parking on the street is legal.

If a car is parked across a driveway, preventing access, on a yellow line or disobeying official parking signs, contact Council to request enforcement.

Restricting waste collection

All motorists must leave at least three metres of clear roadway beside their vehicle. This allows large vehicles, such as waste collection vehicles, to access local streets. If the waste collector cannot access bin with the mechanical arm due to vehicles parked along the street, the bins will be emptied manually.

Find out more about Council's rubbish collections, including what to do if your bin has not been collected.

Parking near intersections

Drivers must not stop or park within 20 metres of a signalised intersection or 10 metres from a non-signalised intersection, unless otherwise signed.

At a T-intersection, drivers are allowed to park along the continuous road, unless otherwise signed or indicated.

If vehicles are regularly parking too close to the intersection, record each incident in the Parking Issue Register and Council will assess the most effective solution.

Restricting pedestrian access

Drivers must not park their vehicles across footways, footpaths and verges. This includes the portion of residential driveways that crosses footways, footpaths and verges.

Restricting traffic flow

Vehicles can restrict traffic flow in many ways. This may include:

  • parking on both sides of the road so only one car can fit through at a time
  • not allowing enough room between the car and other road objects

Motorists must leave at least three metres of clear roadway between their vehicle and parked vehicles on the other side of the road, dividing strips, traffic islands or unbroken dividing lines.

Some motorists park on the footpath to allow cars to pass. This is illegal and motorists may be issued with a warning or fine.

If parked vehicles regularly prevent traffic flow, record each incident in the Parking Issue Register for Council's assessment.

Traffic signs

No Stopping signs, lines and clearways help traffic flow, ease congestion and enhance safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Always check the signs, lines and parking zones before parking or requesting enforcement.

Parking Issue Register

The Parking Issue Register is a form to help keep a record of the dates and times a parking issue occurs over a two week period. This will help Council assess the most effective solution to address the parking problems.

Parking Issue Register (PDF - 96kb)

Once completed, return the Parking Issue Register to Council by email or mail to:

Transport Network Operation
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane QLD 4001

More information

For more information on residential parking:

You can also request a copy of the Parking Issue Register and Residential Parking Issues factsheet.

16 December 2015