Residential areas have parking rules in place to ensure parked or stopped vehicles do not affect local access or traffic flow. We have an obligation to enforce the NSW Road Rules to ensure the safety of everyone. Further information on safety and rules on NSW roads can be found via Transport for NSW.
Parallel parking is the usual way to park unless signs indicate otherwise. You must park in the same direction as the adjacent traffic, parallel and as close as possible to the kerb.
This information will help you understand where vehicles are and aren't allowed to park. More information on illegal parking, including how to report parking infringements can be found on our report an issue - illegal parking page.
Restricting traffic flow and waste collection
Motorists must leave at least 3m of clear roadway between their vehicle and parked vehicles on the other side of the road, dividing strips, traffic islands or double unbroken dividing lines. This allows large vehicles such as waste trucks to access local street.
Parking on nature strips or footpaths
We understand that people sometimes use the nature strip because they feel it is safer than parking on the road, especially in streets that are narrow. However, the reality is that parking fully or partially on nature strips and footpaths, regardless of the intention is illegal.
Heavy vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or more or long vehicles, 7.5m or longer, can only park in a built up area or where a 50kmh speed limit applies for one hour.
Continuous yellow line
Continuous or unbroken yellow lines on the side of roads indicates no stopping. A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow line and keep clear so that drivers and pedestrians have a clear view of each other and road safety is maintained.
Motorists must not park on or across a driveway or prevent access to a property. This restricts pedestrian access and can reduce visibility for other road users. This includes parking in your own driveway outside of the property boundary.
Motorists must not stop or park within 20m of an intersection with traffic lights or 10m from an intersection without traffic lights, unless otherwise signed. At a T-intersection, you can park along the continuous road, unless otherwise signed or indicated.
Caravans and trailers
Registered vehicles can be parked on a residential street provided it does not exceed the weight and length limit. Registered vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes in weight (GVM – Gross Vehicle Mass) or less than 7.5 metres in length can park on residential streets for an unlimited time. Vehicles larger than this can only park on a residential street for a maximum of 1 hour unless otherwise specified by a parking sign.
Kiss and ride zones around schools
These zones are designed for quick entry and exit and minimise congestion and risk when used properly by all parents and carers. These zones operate under the same conditions as no parking zones, which means you may stop to drop off or pick up children for a maximum of 2 minutes. You’re required to remain in, or within 3 metres of your vehicle.
You must not park on a road or in an area where there’s a ‘No parking’ sign. This may be all the time or at certain times, as shown on the sign. You can stop for less than two minutes if you stay within 3m of your vehicle, if you’re dropping off or picking up passengers or loading or unloading items. If you have a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit, you can stop for up to five minutes.
The ‘No stopping’ sign means you must not stop at any point on the road or kerb in the direction of the arrow, unless in an emergency. ‘No stopping’ areas are sometimes marked by an unbroken yellow edge line. Restrictions may apply at certain times only, as shown on the sign.