Parking Permit Review

February 2018

Council has announced a review of the by-laws regarding parking permits in regulated parking areas. In Tennyson Ward this means parts of the suburbs of Annerley, Fairfield, Tennyson, Yeronga and Yeerongpilly.

The new rules will be open for public consultation between 12 February and 2 March, just three weeks. The Lord Mayor refused my request to extend the consultation timeframe for a few weeks to ensure all residents are aware of the changes.

There are some really good aspects to the new rules, but also some changes that are likely to have adverse impacts in some areas. You can view the details on Council’s website here.

Here are some of the key changes:

– parking permits will be digital (no paper permit or sticker issued)
– parking permits can be applied for online, by phone or over the counter
– new permits for carers and health workers will be available
– new short term permits (3 months) for construction will be allowed
– permits for businesses in residential areas will be allowed
– residents in new unit developments built after 31 March, 2015 in regulated parking areas will be ineligible for parking permits.

Here are some issues you may like to include in your submission:

– the permits should be free – residents should not have to pay to park in their own streets
– suburb wide permits (rather than nominated streets) may cause adverse parking impacts in streets near busy major institutions and businesses
– suburb wide permits (rather than nominated streets) may impact on residents who live on a suburb boundary
– no online temporary permit process has been announced while an application is pending approval
– residents in units built after 31 March, 2015 will not be eligible for parking permits and many do not have on-site parking, due to the inadequate provision of parking for units under City Plan 2014.

I encourage all residents who live in the Dutton Park/PA Regulated Parking Area and the Tennis Centre Regulated Parking Area to review the new rules and speak up. You can email your feedback to Council at SubmissionsToTheCEO@brisbane.qld.gov.au or send your views to my office at tennyson.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au by close of business Friday, 2 March. I look forward to hearing from you.