General parking rules

Brisbane City Council has general rules for parking in Brisbane. The parking rules apply to parking on all public streets. Parking rules ensure all roads and footpaths may be used safely by motorists and pedestrians.

The most common situations when vehicles are found to be parked in an unlawful manner include:

  • parked across a driveway or preventing access to a property
  • disobeying official parking signs, such as a ‘No Stopping’ sign
  • parked on a yellow ‘No Stopping’ line
  • stopped or parked too close to an intersection or pedestrian crossing
  • parked with less than three meters of clear roadway between their vehicle and other parked vehicles, dividing strips, traffic islands or unbroken dividing lines
  • parked on a footpath or nature strip
  • in any area or space designated for emergency, essential services or disability parking (permitted vehicles are accepted).

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It’s important to remember that motorists can stop briefly in, or across a driveway when they are picking up and dropping off passengers, except where ‘No Stopping’ restrictions are in place.

Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:

  • park at least 10 metres from an intersection without traffic lights
  • if there are traffic lights, park at least 20 metres away from the intersection
  • park at least 20 metres behind a bus stop, or at least 10 metres in front.

View the Parking Guide to Brisbane

Report illegal parking

Phone Council on 07 3403 8888:

  • to report an illegal or dangerously parked vehicle
  • if you think your vehicle has been towed.

Traffic and parking control areas

There are a number of traffic and parking control areas in place where area-wide time limits apply. Motorists without valid resident parking permits must observe applicable area wide time limits. Please follow all parking signage within the time limited parking areas and consider your travel and parking options when visiting these areas for long period of time.

For further information on Queensland's road rules, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

Parking fines may apply if you don't follow these rules. Check your parking fine or find out how to pay or appeal a parking fine.

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