Parking meters and fees

Brisbane City Council uses parking meters across the inner city to regulate parking where on-street parking is in high demand. Short to medium-term parking meters operate in areas where turnover of on-street parking spaces is necessary. Metered parking spaces are available for both cars and motorcycles.

Increased COVID-19 restrictions from 1am Tuesday 29 June 2021

Increased restrictions are in place for South East Queensland from 1am Tuesday 29 June. Find out more.

Lockdown period

  • Council car parks are operating as normal. A $5 reduced daily rate (effective from 3 August) will apply at Council's King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks during lockdown to support essential workers. Customers must wear masks during the lockdown period.
  • Parking meters will be free during lockdown (effective 3 August) to support essential workers. 

Council is implementing a number of initiatives over the next six months to extend the life of our parking meters and support public health measures to minimise the transmission of coronavirus. This includes:

  • Supporting contactless payment
  • Improving performance
  • Reducing maintenance costs.

The phased approach commences in late February 2021 with the deactivation of coin payment and the removal, repurposing and / or relocation of parking meters followed by the introduction of digital receipting in mid-2021.

Council kept on-street parking meter fees unchanged for both cars and motorcycles throughout 2020. However, on-street parking meter fees increased in line with Council's budget on 2 January 2021.

The fee increases were moderate and Brisbane's on-street parking meter rates continue to remain equal or lower than other major CBD centres. 

15 minute free parking

15 minute free parking is available at over 7500 car spaces in:

  • Auchenflower
  • Bowen Hills
  • Buranda
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Kangaroo Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Milton
  • Newstead
  • South Brisbane
  • Spring Hill
  • Teneriffe
  • West End
  • Woolloongabba.
15 minute free parking is also available at King George Square Car Park and Wickham Terrace Car Park.
15 minute free parking is available to customers who are parking for 15 minutes or less only. To select this option, enter your registration details at the meter and choose the 'parking under 15 minutes' option. If using the CellOPark app in a 15 minute free metered space, you need to end the parking session before 15 minutes is reached. If staying longer than 15 minutes, you will need to pay via the CellOPark Australia app, or at the meter, for the full length of stay. 

Parking meter payments

As of February 2021, Council is no longer accepting coin payments.

Find out about on-street pay parking across Brisbane and the payment options available, including parking meters and pay-by-app. 

Parking meter fees for cars

Find out the parking meter fees for cars in Brisbane.

Parking meter fees for motorcycles

Find out the parking meter fees for motorcycle bays in Brisbane.

Last updated: 2 August 2021