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City parking

Gold Coast parking has been designed to provide convenient, centrally located car parking to keep our city moving.

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City parking

Carey Carpark sign and cars parked in that area

Where to park

Find places to park using our City parking map and Metered parking areas and pricing pages.

Find out more about the city’s time-limited traffic areas. Residents in time-limited traffic areas may be eligible to apply for a parking permit.

Learn about local area parking changes.

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Metered parking

On 1 August 2019, we introduced the EasyPark payment app for use in our car parking areas. Find out more on our Metered parking areas and pricing page.

View the rules about metered parking on our Safe and legal parking tips page or download our guide.

Parking fine

Parking fines

Find out how to pay or view a parking fine (infringement notice), or what to do if you have lost your fine.

Find information on how to appeal a parking fine, including valid reasons and evidence required for an appeal.

Local area parking changes

Local area parking changes

From Monday 1 February 2021 we will be changing the way we manage parking in Currumbin, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay. New parking measures will be introduced to manage high demand for car parking. 

To find out more, visit Local area parking changes.

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Parking permits

Various parking permits are accepted for parking in the city, including disability parking, residents, visitors, and resident event parking (specific areas), carer, residential care service, and commercial vehicles. Find out if you are eligible, and how to apply if you are.

More information

Parking rules

Parking rules

Parking restrictions (e.g. timed parking) exist to ensure that traffic flows smoothly in and around the city; clearways, school and bus zones are kept safe and clear; residents can park locally; and that public and business areas remain accessible to all.

Find out more at our Safe and legal parking tips page.

Parking guides

Safe and legal parking guides

Parking safely and legally on the Gold Coast is everyone's responsibility.

Download and view our guide to safe and legal parking on the gold coast.

Illegal parking

Reporting illegally parked vehicles

You can report issues with illegally parked vehicles by visiting our Report a problem - Vehicles page and lodging an online complaint, calling the City Parking enquiry line on 07 5667 5989, visiting a customer service centre, or by downloading our mobile app. Our City Parking officers will respond to your request and enforce the City’s parking regulations where applicable.

City Parking Plan

City Parking Plan

The City Parking Plan addresses the issues of keeping our city moving, managing parking, to increase availability while improving customer service and boosting economic activity. Find out about some of the City's initiatives:

Traffic Area Parking Permit Scheme

Traffic Area and Parking Permit Scheme

An increased number of traffic areas are now in place around the city to manage overflow parking in residential streets.

More information

Related information

Jump to key information
  • What is a parking sensor?

    A parking sensor is a small electronic device that is installed in the ground to detect and record the time a car arrives in, and departs from, a parking bay. Each parking bay is fitted with its own sensor.

    City of Gold Coast has gradually introduced around 6000 sensors since December 2014 in busy city areas with ‘time-restricted’ and ‘paid' parking. The sensors went 'live' on 1 July 2015.

  • How do the sensors work and do they affect how parking fines are issued?

    Once a vehicle has overstayed the maximum time permitted in a bay, as indicated by the sign, the patrolling parking officer will receive a message from the sensor. The officer will still check the vehicle to confirm its details and gather other relevant evidence before deciding to take any further action.

  • Are the sensors accurate?

    Yes. The sensors are very accurate. They record the exact time that a vehicle enters and departs a parking bay. Each sensor is tested daily to ensure it is working properly. If the test reveals a fault, the sensor automatically switches off for the day and alerts our parking maintenance staff.

  • When does my parking time start?

    Your parking time starts as soon as your car stops in the bay and activates the in-ground sensor, not when you step out to pay for it at the meter or on your phone. The onus is on you, as the driver, to abide by the maximum time period applicable for that parking bay.

  • How do the sensors affect me as a driver?

    There has been no change to your obligations as a driver. You still need to pay for parking where necessary and observe the time limit on the parking sign.

  • Are sensors linked to parking meters?

    Sensors and parking meters are two separate devices and are therefore not linked to one another.

  • Why did the City of Gold Coast install the sensors?

    Sensors offer a more consistent and accurate approach to parking management by encouraging drivers to comply with parking restrictions.

    This supports the steady turnover of parking spaces and helps to make on-street parking more readily available for shoppers, visitors and residents.

    It also ensures the limited supply of on-street parking is managed in a fair and equitable manner for the high number of vehicles in the city each day.

    The sensors collect valuable information on how often parking bays are being used on any given day or part of the day. This provides us with a better understanding of the city’s ongoing parking needs and helps with future planning.

  • Are sensors installed in non-standard size loading zone bays?

    Yes. Parking officers will continue to enforce parking restrictions for these bays in line with the signage. The expectation for commercial drivers using non-standard size loading zone bays remains the same – to observe the time limit on the parking sign.

  • What if the sensor time is slightly different to the time on my watch/clock?

    The sensors are synchronised through a central server, which is set to Australian Eastern Standard Time. The devices used by parking officers to issue infringement notices are synchronised through the same server.

  • Where can I find information on long-term off-street parking?

    Off-street parking is available in various locations across the city. Weekly or monthly tickets can be purchased from any City customer service centre with the exception of Bruce Bishop Car Park. These must be purchased directly from the ticket window at the car park.

  • How do I know whether I have to pay for parking (seek out a meter) or not?

    Please read the parking sign closest to the bay you have parked in.

    • Signs that indicate 'METER' require a parking fee to be paid.
    • Signs that do not have 'METER' on them are time-based, monitored by the in-ground sensors that record the customer parking times.

    Numbered paid parking bays have signs that include the following information:

    Paid parking bays

    • the time limit if it is applicable (e.g. 1P = 1 hour maximum parking)
    • the sign will include the term ‘METER’
    • the days and times will be stated on the sign
    • this area is regulated for parking.

    Numbered timed parking bays have signs that include the following:

    Timed parking bays

    • the time limit if it is applicable (e.g. 1P = 1 hour maximum parking)
    • the days and times will be stated on the sign , where applicable
    • this area is regulated for parking.

    Numbered unregulated parking bays will have no signage.

    • These areas are NOT regulated for parking.


    • No reference to days of the week means parking restrictions apply seven days a week - Monday to Sunday.
  • How do I extend my stay in a timed parking bay? Will the new technology provide payment options to do this?

    • Staying in a parking bay beyond the maximum allowable time is prohibited. This remains unchanged and risks infringement.
    • Timed areas are signed accordingly (e.g. 1P = 1 hour maximum parking) and have not changed. After this time, you must move your vehicle.
  • I have a valid parking permit, will the new system recognise this?

    There is no change to the permit process. The valid permit will still need to be displayed on a vehicle, and an officer will still ensure a valid permit is checked before issuing an infringement.