Parking meters accept credit cards, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1.00 and $2.00 coins. Please note that the minimum fee for coin payment is 70c and $1.40 for credit card payments. No change is given, so change for parking should be obtained prior to parking. Please see below for instructions on how to use 'Pay and Display' parking meters for each type of payment:

Coins:

  • Once you have parked your vehicle, check the parking signs to confirm the times that you can park there.
  • Look for a parking meter nearby with a blue 'P' sign on the side, in some instances you may need to cross the road.
  • Insert coin(s) into the slot for the amount of time required. As the coins are inserted, the screen will display the amount paid and the time you have paid for.
  • Push the green button to print your ticket or the red button to cancel.
  • Collect your ticket and place it on your car dashboard, on the side closest to the kerb, so that it is clearly visible from outside the car.

Credit Card:

  • Insert credit card (numbers face up and to the left, insert card fully).
  • Select amount of time using the minus and maximum buttons.
  • Push the green button to print your ticket or the red button to cancel.
  • Remove credit card when prompted.
  • Collect your ticket and place it on your car dashboard, on the side closest to the kerb, so that it is clearly visible from outside the car.

PayPass/PayWave:

  • Select amount of time using the minus and plus buttons.
  • Push the green button to print your ticket or the red button to cancel.
  • Hold card against yellow PayPass / PayWave sensor until beep sounds.
  • Collect your ticket and place it on your car dashboard, on the side closest to the kerb, so that it is clearly visible from outside the car.
What to do if a parking meter is out of order?

If the nearest parking meter is not working please purchase a ticket from the next closest meter. To report a fault, note down the meter identification number (located on the front of the meter or on your ticket) and call Council's parking meter hotline on (07) 3810 7575.

Parking Permits

Parking permits for metered and timed parking areas can be requested for the following purposes:

  • Media
  • General contracting
  • Residential (within metered and timed parking areas)
  • Bona Fide Charitable and Community Organisations
Conditions of Use of a Motor Vehicle Parking Permit
  • Permits must be displayed on the dashboard (kerbside) and be clearly visible while parked under authority of the permit within the regulated parking area.
  • Permits apply only to the road in the vicinity of the premises of the permit holder and allow exemption from time restrictions and paid parking fees.
  • Council reserves the right to immediately revoke any parking permit.
  • Council cannot guarantee or reserve a permit holder a specific parking bay or even that on-street parking will be available for use at any time.
  • The vehicle must immediately be removed from the parking space if requested by an authorised person employed by Ipswich City Council or a Police Officer.
  • Permits can not be used in locations marked with 'No Stopping', 'No Parking' or 'Clearway' signs, other locations where parking is prohibited under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009.
  • Permits cannot be used in parking zones signed or metered for time frames of less than two hours unless required for priority work by contractors.
  • Permit must not be used for personal, commuting or unrelated purposes.
  • In accordance with Council’s Local Laws, a parking permit will remain the property of Ipswich City Council and any vandalism, amending, copying or misuse of this permit is an offence.
  • In the event a replacement permit is being requested:
    • The permit holder must complete a statutory declaration that outlines why a replacement permit is required and the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original permit.
    • Council reserves the right to deny a replacement permit if the facts and circumstances under which the permit was lost, destroyed or damaged are not to the satisfaction of Council.
  • A parking permit is valid for the period on the permit, unless earlier revoked. At the completion of this period, permit holders may apply for a new permit. However, there is no guarantee that the permit will be renewed.
  • A parking permit is non-transferable.
  • Council reserves the right to withdraw any permit by written notification to the permit holder giving 14 days notice.
  • A Penalty Infringement Notice may be issued for failure to comply with the conditions of the permit.
  • Parking permits can only be issued to vehicles with a maximum GVM of 4.5 tonnes. Any operators of heavier vehicles must apply for a Heavy Vehicle Parking Permit through Ipswich City Council’s Planning and Development department.

Specific Permit Conditions/ Supporting Documentation

Media parking permit

The vehicle must be identifiable as a media vehicle i.e. bears company logo

The driver or occupants must be engaged in news information gathering duties near the parking location.

Proof that the vehicle is registered the company/organisation must be submitted with the application (for example copy of Registration Notice)

General contractors parking permit i.e. a person conducting works on a site that requires tools that cannot be carried.

The vehicle must bear the appropriate badge. The driver or occupants must be engaged in work on an adjoining site to the the parking location.

Proof of works being conducted on the site must be provided with the application (for example a copy of work order, contract or service request)

Proof that the vehicle is registered the company/organisation must be submitted with the application (for example copy of Registration Notice)

Residential parking permit

A residential parking permit is strictly for residential use only where no off street parking is available and the street is a regulated parking zone.

This permit is only applicable to light vehicles, including sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, 4WDs, utilities, light vans and motorcycles and is not valid for heavy commercial vehicles, trailers, boats, caravans or unregistered vehicles.

Proof of vehicle registration must be submitted confirming the residential address associated with the application (for example copy of Registration Notice)

Bona Fide Charitable and Community Organisation parking permit

Proof of status as a Bona Fide Charitable or Community Organisation must be provided with the application (for example copy of advice from Australian Tax Office or other body or certificate of incorporation confirming status)

Proof that the vehicle is registered the company/organisation must be submitted with the application (for example copy of Registration Notice)

To apply for a parking permit, please fill out the below form. Payment is required at the time of application and is non-refundable.

Note: A parking permit is non-transferable. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval. If approved, a permit will be issued. Council will notify the applicant of either outcome.

Current fees can be found in the Register of Fees and Charges.

Residential Parking Permit Application Form

All Other Parking Permits Application Form