Parking options in the city include car park buildings and metered and unmetered car park spaces.
If you receive a parking ticket you have 28 days to pay or to submit a written explanation to the Council. The reverse side of the ticket lists your rights of appeal.
If you own a vehicle you are liable for any tickets it may receive, even if you were not driving the vehicle when the tickets were issued. If you own a vehicle and have a ticket sent to you but you were not the driver at the time of the offence and you choose to transfer liability for this offence, you must complete a Statutory Declaration (see below for the form).
If you park, or even stop, in a restricted area, you could be issued with a ticket. Restricted areas include broken yellow lines, bus stops and pedestrian crossings. Council’s compliance staff also issue tickets to vehicles failing to display current warrants of fitness and registration labels.
If you park on an access parking space or disabled parking space without a permit, you will be issued with an infringement ticket. If you park at a metered space you can only stay for the time limit stated on the meter and then you must move on.
- Ratepayers who have reached the age of 80 and still have a current driving licence receive free parking permits. A permit allows the holder free parking at on-street meters for the time stated on the meter.
- If you receive a parking ticket and it remains unpaid, it is lodged with the Ministry of Justice and a court cost is added to the infringement fee. If the fee remains unpaid and the Court is required to take action a further Court cost is added.
- Parking – Statutory Declaration Use this form for parking offences if you were not the driver and seek to transfer liability
- Parking statement – form Use this form if you have been ticketed and want to make a comment or provide an explanation.