Ipswich City Council provides more than 3,500 car parking spaces in the Ipswich city centre, both on and off-street. In addition, there are also a number of off-street car parks that are privately owned by businesses.

View the Ipswich City Council Safe Parking Guide

Short Stay Parking (less than four hours)

While there are many free on and off-street car parks located in the Ipswich city centre, time restrictions and parking meters are also installed throughout the CBD. These aim to promote turnover and make parking spaces more readily available for people who are shopping, conducting business or visiting a doctor, where the duration of the task is usually less than four hours.

Parking meters operate from:

  • 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday – Friday

Outside these times and on public holidays on-street parking is free. However, other parking restrictions may still apply so you should always check the information on the parking signs.

Long Stay Parking (more than four hours)

There is also a requirement by some people to park for longer than four hours, usually by workers whose place of employment is in the Ipswich city centre. There are a number of options available both on and off-street for long stay parking. As the city grows, parking restrictions are regularly updated to balance the needs of shoppers, businesses and workers.

Council Car Parks

Council provides off-street parking at several locations:

  • Marsden Parade (south)
  • Marsden Parade (north)
  • Nerima Gardens
  • Denmark Hill

Private Car Parks

There are also a number of privately operated car parks available:

  • Nicholas Street Precinct Carpark (Bremer Street)
  • Health Plaza (Bell Street)
  • Ipswich general Hospital (Chelmsford Avenue)

Please note: As these car parks are operated by private entities, Council is not responsible for them and does not set the fees.

Council's parking maps show the free, short-term and long-term parking options and metered parking areas in the Ipswich city centre:
Parking Map (Free) (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Parking Map (Short-Term) (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Parking Map (Long-Term) (PDF, 1006.7 KB)