Parking

Fines

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If you recently received a City of Darebin fine related to parking, local laws, littering, environmental health, planning or for your pet there are a number of options available to you.

 How to pay your fine

Payments via Phone

Payments via phone can be made by credit card (Master Card and Visa).

Call 1300 954 297 and follow the prompts. You will need the seven digit ticket number printed on the front of the notice.

 

Payments via the Internet

Payments via the Internet can be made by credit card (Master Card and Visa) only.

Visit Payments Online and follow the prompts. You will need the seven digit ticket number printed on the front of the notice.
 

Payments Online

Payments via Mail
Payment of the penalty may be made by money order or cheque marked “Not Negotiable” and payable to the City of Darebin. Penalty payments by cheque are not deemed to be paid until the cheque has been honoured.

 

City of Darebin
PO Box 91
PRESTON VIC 3072.

 

Payments in Person

Payments can be made in person by visiting any Darebin Customer Service Centre

 

Note:

Late fees may apply if payment is made after the due date printed on the Infringement Notice.

Infringements issued within the last 3 days may not be available for payment as yet. 

How to object to a Fine

If you believe you have grounds for special consideration you may apply for an internal review of your infringement prior to the due date of the notice.

 

For parking infringement please refer to "Parking fines where you were not the driver or owner" before submitting any applications.

 

By law, you are entitled to request one review of your fine, which means you need to give us all of the relevant details when applying to help us to make a decision.

Or download and complete the Application for Internal Review Form

 

All requests for internal review must be made in writing and will be considered by the Darebin Appeals Committee. It is our standard practice to investigate all appeals, including verification of evidence and witness statements. All decisions will be notified in writing. 

Please note: Under legislation the Mayor and Councillors are unable to have any involvement in City of Darebin's administrative functions, and are therefore unable to respond to letters about any fines.

Magistrates Court

If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may submit your case to the Magistrates Court. It will then be considered by an independent arbitrator.  You may elect to have your case heard in the Magistrates Court at any time. 

Parking fines where you are not the owner

If you have a parking fine, it’s important to understand that under Victorian law, the only people who can apply for a review are:

  • the registered owner
  • their authorised representative or
  • a person who has been formally nominated as the driver.

This is because parking fines are issued to ‘the owner’ of the vehicle. If the vehicle isn’t registered in your name, you must supply one of the following documents with your application:

  • to be formally nominated as the driver: a Known User Statement must be completed by the owner
  • to act as the owner’s authorised representative: a letter from the owner authorising you to act on their behalf.

The Road Rules allow for the following defences for parking fines only: 

  • when a driver stops to avoid a collision;
  • when a driver’s vehicle is broken down;
  • where there is a medical or other type of emergency;
  • when a driver stops in the interests of safety; or
  • when a driver stops to comply with another law

When using any of these defences the types of supporting evidence you should provide a full description of the situation including a sworn statement from any witnesses, a sketch or photograph of the scene, receipts from a towing company, mechanic or the RACV showing dates and times, or a doctor’s certificate.

Further Information

Customer Service

Ph: 8470 8888

Email:mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au





Parking Permits

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You require a permit to park in specifically marked permit areas.

Residential Parking Permits
People who have parking restrictions outside their home require a permit to park in the area to stay over the time limit. See the Conditions of issue Parking Permit Information Brochure for details. 

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the Residential Parking Permit Application Form. 
  2. Read the Conditions of issue and Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Return the form to any Customer Service Centre along with your payment.

Replacement Permits
If you require a replacement permit, you need to print, complete and submit the Replacement Residential Parking Permit Application Form. Please do not send cash in the mail. If sending an application in the mail with a  money order/cheque or alternatively attend a customer service branch for other payment options.

For all other questions, please read the Residential Parking Permit Frequently Asked Questions.

Temporary Parking Permits
You can have a temporary parking permit which will allow you to park in a residential permit zone for 4 weeks.

You are required to print, complete and submit the Temporary Parking Permit Application Form to obtain your permit. 

Paying your Parking Permit Renewal
You can make payments to us via the following methods:

  1. Online with Darebin Council at Payments Online
  2. Online with BPAY at your bank
  3. Telephone  payment  by calling 1300 954 297

Number of Permits
Each household can have a maximum of two permits.

Households with off-street parking (eg driveway), right of way (laneway between house blocks) or with a garage are entitled to one permit only.

Note: All resident parking permits expire on 28 February 2018.

Permit Costs
Permit One: $40.00
Permit Two: $60.00

Pension Permit One: $20.00
Pension Permit Two: $30.00

Parking using a Permit
The residential parking permit will allow you to park outside residential properties only in the area that it was issued.

These permits are not valid on a main road and do not exempt the holder from receiving penalties for Clearways, No Stopping, Loading Zones or other statutory offences.

  

Disabled Parking Permits
There are two types of Disabled Parking Permits:

Category One
Category One permit holders with significant intellectual or ambulatory disabilities must meet the eligibility criteria.

Category One permit holders are entitled to:

  • Park a vehicle in a bay reserved for disabled motorists only, for the specified time only or:
  • Park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable)

Category Two
Category Two permit holders who require rest breaks when walking may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable).  You are not permitted to park in disabled persons’ parking bays.

Disability Permit Applications
Individuals will need to complete and submit the Disability Parking Permit Application Form to be eligible for a permit. Organisations will need to complete the Disabled Parking Permits Application Form.

If you require a replacement permit, you need to print, complete and submit the Replacement Parking Permit Application Form

Travelling Interstate
Disabled Parking Permits are recognised throughout Australia. Parking concessions may be different in other States and Territories and you should check the conditions applying to the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme in the State or Territory you intend to visit.

Lost Permits
If your permit has been lost or stolen it should be reported immediately to Darebin Traffic Services.  You need to complete the Statutory Declaration Form to file the report.

Once the Declaration has been received the permit holder will be issued with a new permit.

 

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone: 8470 8888

Video: How to arrange a parking permit for your household.

Requesting changes

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You can request changes to parking on your street, including adding, removing or changing restrictions.
Managing demand in residential areas
We provide our residents with parking priority - although we do not guarantee parking – so we have a residential parking permit scheme in place.
  
Generally, one side of a street is time-restricted and the other is left unlimited to cater for all day parking in the area. Permits are available to residents from both sides of the street.

Requesting changes in your street
If you’d like us to investigate changes to parking in your street – including adding, removing or changing restrictions – you’ll need to make your request in writing and ensure at least half of the affected residents sign it. This is to ensure there is majority support. A template letter is available here and the postal address is below. 

Council Officers will then review existing conditions and if the findings support your proposed change, we will send a survey to all residents to independently confirm their support. 

If the survey receives more than 50% support, a notification letter will be sent to residents, and changes implemented as Council resources allow. 

You can find more information about Residential Parking Permits here

Parking Management in commercial areas
By restricting parking times to, in most cases, one hour parking (1P), we can provide high parking turnover and maximise the accessibility of visitors to Darebin businesses. 

Changes in commercial areas
Traders associations tend to be the primary contacts for parking changes in commercial areas. For centres without an association, a letter signed by at least half the affected businesses must be submitted before we investigate a request.

Petitions regarding residential or commercial parking changes can be sent to:

Transport Management
Darebin City Council
PO BOX 91
Preston VIC 3072

Parking Guidelines

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We are responsible for the smooth and safe flow of traffic through the municipality. Clearways, school crossings, no stopping and limited parking signs are patrolled on a daily basis.

Here are some guidelines when parking in Darebin:

No Stopping
A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no stopping sign applies.

No Stopping means no stopping at all – even if you are only letting someone out of the car, and regardless of whether you leave the engine running and stay in the car.

Stopping in a No Stopping zone is an offence, unless you are outside the times specified on the signs.

Rule 167 - No Stopping

No Parking
The driver of a vehicle must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver:
  •     is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods
  •     does not leave the vehicle unattended
  •     completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers or goods, and drives on, as soon as possible and, in any case, within the required time after stopping.
Rule 168 - No Parking

Stopping in or Near an Intersection
A driver must not stop in an intersection.

A driver must not stop on a road within 20 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules.

Rule 170 - Stopping Near or in an Intersection

Stopping in or Near a School Crossing
A driver must not stop on a children’s crossing, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place.

Rule 171 - Stopping in or Near a School Crossing

Stopping in or Near a Pedestrian Crossing
A driver must not stop on a pedestrian crossing that is not at an intersection, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing, unless the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules.

Rule 172 - Stopping in or Near a Pedestrian Crossing

Stopping on a Clearway
A driver must not stop on a length of road to which a clearway sign applies, unless the driver is driving a public bus, public minibus or taxi and is dropping off, or picking up, passengers.

Rule 176 - Stopping on a Clearway

Stopping in a Loading Zone
A driver must not stop in a loading zone unless the driver is driving:
  •     a public passenger vehicle or taxi that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers
  •     a truck that is dropping off, or picking up, goods
  •     a courier vehicle displaying a courier vehicle sign
  •     a delivery vehicle displaying a delivery vehicle sign.
Rule 177 - Stopping in a Loading Zone

Stopping in a Bus Zone
A driver must not stop in a bus zone unless the driver is driving a public bus (except a public bus of a kind that is not permitted to stop in the bus zone by information on or with the bus zone sign applying to the bus zone).

Rule 183 - Stopping in a Bus Zone

Stopping in a Permit Zone
A driver must not stop in a permit zone unless the driver’s vehicle displays a current permit issued by the person or body responsible for the care and management of the permit zone that permits the vehicle to stop in the zone.

Rule 185 - Stopping in a Permit Zone

Stopping on a Path, Dividing Strip or Naturestrip
A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless:
  •     the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under the Road Rules
  •     the driver’s vehicle is a motor cycle and the driver stops in a place where the motor cycle does not inconvenience, obstruct, hinder or prevent the free passage of any pedestrian or other vehicle
  •     the driver is using a vehicle for the purpose of the operation of a detection device prescribed for the purposes of section 66 of the Road Safety Act 1986.
Rule 197 - Stopping on a Path, Dividing Strip or Naturestrip

Obstructing a Footpath or Driveway
A driver must not stop on a road in a position that obstructs access by vehicles or pedestrians to or from a footpath ramp or a similar way of access to a footpath, or a bicycle path or passageway unless—
(a) the driver is driving a public bus that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers; or
(b) the driver stops in a parking bay and the driver is permitted to stop in the parking bay under the Road Rules.

Rule 198 - Obstructing a Footpath or Driveway

Stopping Heavy and Long Vehicles
A driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built up area, except on the shoulder of the road, unless the length of road is an emergency stopping lane and the driver is permitted to stop in it under rule 178.

Rule 200 - Stopping Heavy and Long Vehicles

Parallel Parking on a Road
The driver must position the vehicle to face in the direction of travel of vehicles in the marked lane or line of traffic on, or next to, the part of the road where the driver parks.

Rule 208 - Parallel Parking on a Road

Disability Parking
A driver must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless:
  •     the driver’s vehicle displays a current parking permit for people with disabilities
  •     the driver complies with the conditions of use of the permit.
Rule 203 - Disability Parking

Parking in Parking Bays
A driver must not park on a length of road, or in an area, to which a park in bays only sign applies, except in a parking bay.

A driver who parks in a parking bay must position the driver’s vehicle completely within the bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.

Rule 211 - Parking in Parking Bays

Parking for Longer than Indicated
A driver must not park continuously on a length of road, or in an area, to which a permissive parking sign applies for longer than the period indicated by information on or with the sign or, if rule 206 [time extension for people with disabilities] applies to the driver, the period allowed under that rule.

Rule 205 - Parking for longer than indicated

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

Parking for Construction

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Work Zones Parking Bays are allocated parking bays on the roadway that can be used if you are driving a vehicle used in construction work or can be used as parking by workers of the construction site.

The costs to apply for a Work Zone Parking Bay are:

First stage
 *   Initial assessment fee - $182.20

Second stage
 *   Installation and removal of signs - $608.10
 *   Road occupation fee - $182.20 per bay/per month

(All fees include GST)

You need to provide information for your application such as the day, time, duration, purpose and number of bays.

Note: we do not provide refunds for assessment fee if your application is unsuccessful.

Apply for Work Zone Parking Bays online by selecting Online Applications and Requests.