Parking strategy

A parking sign for residentsDemand for parking in Yarra significantly outstrips supply.

Yarra is no different to other parts of inner-Melbourne in this respect, but the most recent Census data (2011) indicates pressure on this scarce supply is increasing.

Despite more than a decade of Council policies designed to discourage car use in Yarra such as not issuing resident permits to developments built after 2003, the number of households with a vehicle increased from 80% to 88% between 1991 and 2011.

That is in large part due to the popularity of the inner north as a place to live. Yarra attracted more than 10,000 new residents between 2001 and 2011.

Yarra also attracts a substantial number of visitors who travel to the area for work, or for shopping and leisure activities. According to the Census data, of the 58,000 people who worked in Yarra in 2011, only 9500 of them lived locally.

With population forecasts in 2013 predicting Yarra’s population to top 110,000 by 2030, it is clear that fairly managing the demand for parking will continue to be one of Council’s greatest challenges.

There is no single or lasting solution to addressing parking problems in Yarra, but Council can mitigate the myriad issues that come with the demand for local parking through long term strategic planning.


Parking Management Strategy

docx format Parking Management Strategy 2013-2017 (2.13 MB)

Council uses its Parking Management Strategy to manage all aspects of parking in Yarra.

This strategy – reviewed and updated every four years - provides the framework around Yarra’s policies for parking permit schemes, parking enforcement, the provision of disability access parking, managing parking around shopping strips, signage and all other parking-related issues and topics.

It is important to understand the fundamental aims of the Strategy, which are:

  • to reduce the number of cars parking in Yarra
  • to promote public transport as an alternative to driving
  • to ensure visitors contribute to the cost of providing Yarra’s parking infrastructure.

A key aim underpinning this strategy is Council’s desire to promote sustainable travel, such as cycling, walking and public transport.

It is for this reason that Council does not support the construction of new off-street car parks unless there is a justifiable business case for it.


How will the Parking Management Strategy improve parking in Yarra?

The Strategy is the document officers use to guide policy decisions on parking-related matters.
It is not intended to be a prescriptive document with answers to each unique parking issue that arises in a given street or area.
When those issues arise, officers assess them on a case by case basis with a view to addressing them fairly and practically.

Some of the key actions Council will look to implement over the next four years (from late 2013) are:

Improvement of Parking Enforcement
Actions include improving the response times for Council’s ‘rapid response’ unit to respond to parking complaints and introducing more efficient enforcement technologies such as parking sensors to measure stay times.

Review of Council’s Parking Permit Scheme
A review of the parking permit scheme with a view to tightening rules around permit eligibility to discourage car use.

Parking Strategy for Shopping Strips
A strategy to specifically manage parking around shopping strips with a view to ensuring parking rules are consistent for all strips and, where possible, encourage shopper-friendly restrictions and more convenient methods of payment (such as ticket machines with pay by credit card facilities and online payment options).

Integrated Approach for Municipal Parking Strategy
Further develop Yarra’s policy to provide a disincentive to car ownership and use by working with other sections of Council to promote behaviour change, sustainable transport and introduce more sustainable transport infrastructure.


When can I comment on proposed changes to parking in Yarra?

Due to the extensive list of proposals and ideas outlined in the four year vision for the Parking Management Strategy, Council will not seek community feedback on the document in its entirety.

Instead, public consultation will be carried out on individual actions outlined in the strategy that are deemed to require public consultation.

Examples of actions requiring public consultation would include the review of the parking permit scheme and changes to parking restrictions in local streets.

Some proposals – like the introduction of parking sensor technology in selected areas – would be deemed an operational decision requiring Council to give public notice but not seek feedback.

Council will issue public notices for changes to any aspect of parking in Yarra.


Who can I speak to about parking in Yarra?

If you have further questions about the Parking Management Strategy, or would like to speak to someone about a specific parking issue, please call Yarra’s Parking Team on 9205 5255 or email



Further information
Compliance and Parking Services
9205 5555  

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