Residential parking rules | Brisbane City Council

Residential parking rules

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 cause issues for other residents who may not be able to access their home or local area. If vehicles are illegally parked, Brisbane City Council can help.

Parking issues

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

Report illegal parking

To report an illegal or dangerously parked vehicle, or if you think your vehicle has been towed, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Blocked driveways

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

Council may issue warnings or fines. If parking across a driveway occurs regularly outside your property, complete the Parking Issue Register Form. Provide as much information as possible on the form so that Council can assess the most effective solution.

Parking between driveways

You are responsible for making sure your 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 on the road, contact Council and request enforcement. If this problem occurs regularly, complete the Parking Issue Register and Council will assess the most suitable outcome.

Street parking

Council allows street parking in most local streets. When parking, you must adhere to the Queensland Road Rules.

If a car is parked across a driveway, on a yellow line, or is not parked according to the Queenland's Road Rules, contact Council to request enforcement.

Restricting waste collection

You must leave at least three metres of clear roadway beside your vehicle. This allows large vehicles, such as waste trucks, to access local streets. If a waste truck cannot access bins with the mechanical arm due to parked vehicles, bins will be emptied manually.

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

Parking near intersections

You 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, you can 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 Form and Council will assess the issue.

Restricting pedestrian access

You must not park your vehicle 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, or by not allowing enough room between the car and other road objects.

You must leave at least three metres of clear roadway between your vehicle and other parked vehicles or 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 signs, lines and parking zones before parking or requesting enforcement.

Parking Issue Register

The Parking Issue Register Form can help you 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 problem.

Download the:

Once completed, return the Parking Issue Register Form 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 Form and Residential Parking Fact Sheet.

06 December 2018