Council has heavy vehicle parking controls in place to protect the safety of road users, pedestrians and residents. Parking or storage of heavy vehicles is to be undertaken in such a manner that it does not cause nuisance or disturbance to the community.
The Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 defines a heavy vehicle as any vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or more. A heavy vehicle generally must not stop on the road in a built-up area for longer than one hour.
For further information on heavy vehicle parking please refer to the fact sheet below:
Council will take the following into consideration before issuing a permit to park heavy or long vehicles on land in *built-up areas:
*Built-up areas, in relation to a length of road, means areas in which either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500 m or, if the length of road is shorter than 500 m, the distance of the whole road:
Under Council’s local laws you can apply for a heavy vehicle parking permit to park a single heavy vehicle on a residential property. Such an application is assessed against the criteria set out in local law on a case by case basis. Residents are encouraged to contact Council to discuss the suitability of a proposed site if they are unsure whether the proposal meets the criteria set out in local law.
Note: Parking of more than one heavy vehicle on a residential property constitutes a general industry (truck depot) pursuant to the Ipswich Planning Scheme and would require a planning application to be made to Council. Such a use within a residential area is generally unlikely to be supported due to the impacts on the surrounding area.
If a permit is granted it is valid for the financial year and an application for renewal is required each financial year thereafter.
Non-compliance with Council’s local laws or a condition of the permit may result in a Penalty Infringement Notice (fine) being issued to the owner or driver of the heavy vehicle and in some cases the landowner (if he or she is not also the truck owner/driver).
As part of the Ipswich Planning Scheme, Council has developed Implementation Guideline 16 to assist customers in determining whether a heavy vehicle parking permit is applicable to their circumstances. The guideline designates two types of preferred heavy vehicle parking areas and provides maps illustrating these areas:
For further information refer to the guidelines below: