Parking options, permits and fees in Toowoomba CBD

Toowoomba and most of our towns have designated parking areas provided to assist local businesses and visitors. These are managed in various ways from on-street parks to off-street paid parking facilities.

 

Parking maps

Please view the maps to locate metered on-street parking, paid off-street parks and the free parking zone in the CBD. There is also a map indicating the 3P parking zone (green zone).

Please be aware that parking within the area shown on the 3P green zone parking map is designated three-hour (3P) parking, unless otherwise stated. The perimeter of the 3P central traffic area is signposted with entry and exit signage to help motorists identify the three-hour parking limits in the inner city and help drivers avoid being issued an infringement notice.

Where no parking signage exists, parking within that boundary automatically defaults to three-hour parking (3P) and will attract a $60 fine if exceeded, payable within 28 days.

 

 Off street parking fees

  • Clifford Street car park - $1.70 per hour to a maximum of $5 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Station Street car park – $1.70 per hour to a maximum of $6.50 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Julia Street car park – $1.70 per hour to a maximum of $6.50 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Chalk Drive – $1.70 per hour maximum $5 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Herries/Water Street – $1.70 per hour maximum $5 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Neil/Annand Street – $1.70 per hour maximum $8 per day. Coins or credit card.
  • Central car park – $1.70 per hour maximum 3 hour parking. Coins or credit card.
  • McCrum Lane - $1.70 per hour to a maximum of $5 per day (8 hour parking). Coins or credit card.
  • Toowoomba bus station:
    • 6am - 6pm Monday to Saturday $2.20 per hour to a maximum of $8 per day.
    • 6pm - 6am Monday to Saturday $2.20 per hour to a maximum of $3 per evening.

Payment options

The minimum credit card payment is $1.70 and minimum coin payment is $1. All credit card machines will accept incremental payments of $1.70 per hour up to the maximum time, therefore you can pay in hourly increments.

Credit card machines are available in the following car parks and some on street locations:

Car park off-street locations:

  • Central 
  • Chalk Drive 
  • Clifford
  • Herries/Water
  • Julia Street
  • McCrum Lane
  • Neil/Annand
  • Station Street
  • Toowoomba bus station

Car park on-street locations:

  • Burstow Street
  • Diagonal Street
  • Finchley Street
  • Herries Street
  • Hume Street
  • Kitchener Street
  • Langton Street
  • Nessbank Street
  • Phillip Street

 

On street parking fees

  • 1P meter (1 hour maximum)- $1.70 per hour. 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins or credit cards where available.
  • 2P meter (2 hours maximum) - $1.70 per hour. 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins or credit cards where available.
  • 3P meter (3 hours maximum) - $1.70 per hour. 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins or credit cards where available.
  • 4P meter (4 hours maximum) - $1.70 per hour. 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins or credit cards where available.
  • 8P metere (8 hours maximum) - $1.70 per hour. Maximum of $5 per day. 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins or credit cards where available.

 

Tips for parking

  • Park in an off-street car park to boost your chances of getting a park- all car parks are under a kilometre away and no longer than 10 minutes walk on average.
  • Walk with workmates or friends in the evening to catch up on the day's events.
  • Wear good shoes and pound the pavement for improved fitness and health- 600m is worth 780 steps on average. Doing this twice a day will be a great start on the 10,000 steps recommended for good health.
  • Central car park is great for meetings, longer appointments and casual browsing down at the shops (under 3 hours).
  • Herries/Water Street car park usually has a large number of parks available - and is only a short ten minute walk to the Ruthven/Margaret Street intersection.
  • Tuesdays seem to be a good day for parking at Station Street car park.

CBD parking map

Free parking in Toowoomba CBD

Ruthven and Margaret Streets within the CBD offer free one-hour parking curbside and free two-hour parking in the centre median strip. There are some 10 minute parking bays on Margaret Street, between Ruthven and Victoria Streets. Please observe street signage to understand the parking options within the CBD.

 

Disability parking

Only holders of the red or blue Disabled Person Parking Permit issued by Queensland Transport are permitted to park in disability parking spaces. The permit must be displayed on the windscreen or dashboard of a vehicle which is being used to transport disabled persons. Holders of these permits may also park in any metered space or in a Council off-street car park free of charge.

 

Commercial parking

In relation to standing in loading zones, the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act, 1995 defines a commercial vehicle as "any motor vehicle (excluding a motor car or motor cycle) constructed, fitted or equipped for the carriage of goods". This excludes station wagons and generally excludes all other vehicles under the weight of 4.5 tonnes. A vehicle not covered by the Act's definition may be approved by Council as a commercial vehicle (conditions apply). Please access the application form under Related Documents.

 

Loading zones

Most loading zones are reserved for use by commercial vehicles only. Other loading zones may be used by both commercial and other vehicles. If loading zones have a time limit of 20 minutes for commercial vehicles and 5 minutes for other vehicles, then carefully note the time limit that applies to your vehicle.

 

Other parking zones

A number of free parking spaces are available with a 10 minute limit. These spaces are indicated by a traffic sign which reads P10 minute. Additional parking zones have been set aside for exclusive uses. They are clearly marked with traffic signs.

  • Taxi ranks - reserved for taxis
  • Bus zones - reserved for buses
  • Armoured vehicles only - reserved for armoured security vehicles
  • No stopping any time - vehicles are not permitted to stop in these areas at any time
  • Two minute pick up and set down - There is one area in the city with this designation. It is located on Neil Street near Greyhound for the purpose of dropping off and picking up passengers.

 

Bus stops

It is an offence to park within 20 m on the approach side of a bus stop and 10 m on the departure side.

 

Footpaths and vehicle entrances

It is an offence to park a vehicle wholly or partially on any footpath or in a vehicle entrance. This behaviour will be monitored by us and the law enforced. Infringements for this offence have a penalty of $48. Parking on footpaths or near intersections may create the following safety hazards:

  • Reduce visibility, making it difficult for road users to clearly see and anticipate the intentions of other users.
  • Place pedestrians, especially children, in danger when forced onto the road. Some pedestrians need the assistance of mobility devices which also require a little extra room, making it difficult to manoeuvre around cars. 
  • Vehicles blocking or restricting access can delay emergency services from being able to access businesses or residents.
  • Cars parked on footpaths can seriously interfere with access or damage underground infrastructure and services. Fire hydrants, telecommunications, electricity and gas services may be underground and heavy and constant vehicle movements could cause serious damage. Footpaths are not designed for traffic and continual use can further damage to paths causing hazards.

 

Parking permits

Several different parking permits can be obtained on a needs basis. These are:

  • community service parking permit - permits may be available for community service organisations in order to park approved vehicles.
  • residential parking permit -  may be available for use to residents who reside within the Toowoomba central traffic area.
  • temporary parking permit - may be applied for if a vehicle is required for use within the Toowoomba central traffic area. May be used for temporary work where a building is requiring maintenance and a vehicle needs to be parked at location (i.e a specific bay that may be metered) or temporary events affecting the location
  • work zone parking permit - may be applied for if the applicant is completing lawful building or construction work on a certain section of road (that section may include time restricted parks).
  • commercial parking permit - may be applied for if a vehicle regarded as not 'commercial', is used primarily and daily for business purpose and the applicant requires regular use of loading zones.

Parking permit - commercial vehicle, community service organisation, residential, temporary, work zone (online)

Parking permit - commercial vehicle form (for print)

Parking permit - community service form (for print)

Parking permit - residential form (for print)

Parking permit - temporary form (for print)

Parking permit - works zone form (for print)

Community service organisation parking permit

Conditions for issuing this permit:

  • The applicant represents a community service organisation. Ie: an association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 which has as the main purpose of its objects, making financial gain for community service, charitable or similar purposes.
  • The use of the parking permit is for an activity which is consistent with the objects of the community service organisation.
  • The applicant will use the permit for parking on a section of road where parking is regulated by time.
  • The use of the parking permit would not unduly impede the flow of traffic either on the road or in the area.

The conditions of an approval require the approval holder to:

  1. Affix the approval to, or exhibit the approval on, a specified part of the vehicle identified in the approval facing outwards and as near as practicable to the registration label for the vehicle.
  2. If the approval holder requests the issue of a replacement approval they must complete a statutory declaration detailing the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original approval.
  3. Enter into an agreement with the local government to indemnify the local government against claims (including claims made against the approval holder by the local government) for personal injury (including death) and damage to property (including economic loss) arising by, through or in connection with the use of a vehicle under the approval.
  4. If the approval holder is a business they must take out and maintain insurance against personal injury and property damage resulting from the activities authorised by the approval.
  5. Take specified measures to reduce the impact of the activities authorised by the approval so that the activities do not:
    • Create a traffic nuisance.
    • Increase an existing traffic nuisance.
    • Detrimentally affect the efficiency of the road network in which the activity is undertaken.

Residential parking permit

Conditions for issuing this permit:

  • The applicant resides in a residence situated on a section of road and parking immediately adjacent to the residence is regulated by time.
  • The issue of the parking permit would not unduly impede the flow of traffic either on the road or in the area.
  • The residence does not have, and cannot reasonably be provided with, adequate off-street parking.
  • If the parking permit is granted there cannot be more than 2 resident parking permits for the same residence.

The conditions of an approval require the approval holder to:

  1. Affix the approval to, or exhibit the approval on, a specified part of the vehicle identified in the approval facing outwards and as near as practicable to the registration label for the vehicle.
  2. If the approval holder requests the issue of a replacement approval they must complete a statutory declaration detailing the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original approval.
  3. Enter into an agreement with the local government to indemnify the local government against claims (including claims made against the approval holder by the local government) for personal injury (including death) and damage to property (including economic loss) arising by, through or in connection with the use of a vehicle under the approval.
  4. If the approval holder is a business they must take out and maintain insurance against personal injury and property damage resulting from the activities authorised by the approval.
  5. Take specified measures to reduce the impact of the activities authorised by the approval so that the activities do not:
    • Create a traffic nuisance.
    • Increase an existing traffic nuisance.
    • Detrimentally affect the efficiency of the road network in which the activity is undertaken.
  6. Only use the permit in respect of the parking of a vehicle identified in the permit at the location identified in the permit which must be:
    • The road adjacent to the residence identified in the permit.
    • The one or more segments of road in close proximity to the residence identified in the permit.
  7. Only use the permit whilst the holder resides at the residence identified in the permit.

Temporary parking permit

Conditions for issuing this permit:

  • The applicant is engaged in some temporary activity affecting premises immediately adjacent to the designated parking space or spaces to which the application relates.
  • It is not reasonably practical for the applicant to carry out the activity unless the designated parking space or spaces to which the application relates are allocated to the applicant’s exclusive use for the duration of the activity.

Damage:

Any damage caused to any part of the carriageway or to any Council equipment or property shall be reinstated at the expense of the applicant.
 

Limitations:

A parking permit granted under this application, does not include works over roads or where scaffolding, trestles, ladders, hoardings or equipment are to be erected or material is to be deposited on pedestrian traffic areas. A separate permit may be necessary from Council infrastructure services in those cases.
 

The conditions of an approval require the approval holder to:

  1. Affix the approval to, or exhibit the approval on, a specified part of the vehicle identified in the approval facing outwards and as near as practicable to the registration label for the vehicle.
  2. If the approval holder requests the issue of a replacement approval they must complete a statutory declaration detailing the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original approval
  3. Enter into an agreement with the local government to indemnify the local government against claims (including claims made against the approval holder by the local government) for personal injury (including death) and damage to property (including economic loss) arising by, through or in connection with the use of a vehicle under the approval.
  4. If the approval holder is a business they must take out and maintain insurance against personal injury and property damage resulting from the activities authorised by the approval.
  5. Take specified measures to reduce the impact of the activities authorised by the approval so that the activities do not:
    • Create a traffic nuisance.
    • Increase an existing traffic nuisance.
    • Detrimentally affect the efficiency of the road network in which the activity is undertaken.

Work zone parking permit

Conditions for issuing this permit:

  • The part of the road to which the application relates is adjacent to the site at which the person is proposing to undertake building or construction work.
  • The carrying out of the building or construction work is lawful.
  • Having regard to the nature of the building or construction work and the characteristics of the site, it is not reasonably practical for all work activity involving vehicle loading and unloading and associated movements to be confined within the site.

Damage:

Any damage caused to any part of the carriageway or to any Council equipment or property shall be reinstated at the expense of the applicant.

Limitations:

A parking permit granted under this application, does not include works over roads or where scaffolding, trestles, ladders, hoardings or equipment are to be erected or material is to be deposited on pedestrian traffic areas. A separate permit is required for the declaration of the area as a works zone from Council's infrastructure services.

The conditions of an approval require the approval holder to:

  1. Affix the approval to, or exhibit the approval on, a specified part of the vehicle identified in the approval facing outwards and as near as practicable to the registration label for the vehicle.
  2. If the approval holder requests the issue of a replacement approval they must complete a statutory declaration detailing the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original approval.
  3. Enter into an agreement with the local government to indemnify the local government against claims (including claims made against the approval holder by the local government) for personal injury (including death) and damage to property (including economic loss) arising by, through or in connection with the use of a vehicle under the approval.
  4. If the approval holder is a business they must take out and maintain insurance against personal injury and property damage resulting from the activities authorised by the approval.
  5. Take specified measures to reduce the impact of the activities authorised by the approval so that the activities do not:
    • Create a traffic nuisance.
    • Increase an existing traffic nuisance.
    • Detrimentally affect the efficiency of the road network in which the activity is undertaken.
  6. Require the approval holder to pay a prescribed fee, as determined by the local government, for the installation of official traffic signs, or other signs and markings, as determined by the local government to be appropriate, to identify the boundaries of the works zone identified in the permit.
  7. Require that the approval holder not park a vehicle within the works zone except while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded in connection with the building or construction work to which the permit relates.
  8. Require that materials of any kind not be stacked, placed or otherwise left on the road or footpath (either within or outside of the works zone).
  9. Require that a vehicle not be parked, loaded or unloaded or that other operations be carried out, in a manner which obstructs pedestrian movement along a footpath within or adjacent to the works zone.
  10. Require that the approval holder pay to the local government a specified rental or prescribed fee at specified intervals in respect of the use by the approval holder of the part of the road to which the permit relates.

Commercial vehicle parking permit

Conditions for issuing this permit:

  • The vehicle is used primarily, and daily for carrying on a business.
  • In the carrying on of the business the applicant requires the regular use of loading zones
  • The vehicle is:
    • A horse drawn vehicle constructed, fitted or equipped for the carriage of goods.
    • A motor vehicle (excluding car or motorbike) constructed, fitted or equipped for the carriage of goods; (Subordinate Local Law 5 2011 section 8 subsection (3) conditions apply - see final of application)
    • A motor vehicle constructed fitted or equipped for the carriage of persons.

Time restriction:

A vehicle which displays a commercial vehicle label is permitted to park in any loading zone in the central traffic area for the maximum period indicated on the signs at each end of the loading zone whilst actively engaged in the loading and unloading of goods. Any driver parking in a loading zone otherwise than in accordance with the above commits an infringement and is liable to be issued with an infringement notice.

Display of label:

  1. The owner of the commercial vehicle should within 1 day after the issue of the commercial vehicle label, affix it securely to the inside of:
    1. The windscreen.
    2. The pivoted or hinged ventilation window as near as practical to and immediately above the registration label issued by the Department of Transport so that the commercial vehicle label faces outwards and is clearly visible to a person outside the commercial vehicle.
    3. If the commercial vehicle has no windscreen or is a motorcycle the commercial vehicle label should be displayed in a holder displaying the registration label issued by the Department of Transport and affixed to clear glass in the holder so that all particulars on the commercial vehicle label are clearly visible through the glass.
  2. The owner of the commercial vehicle must ensure the commercial vehicle label remains affixed at all times during the currency of the approval.

Sale of vehicle:

Upon the sale of a commercial vehicle, the approval shall expire and the owner who made the application for the original commercial vehicle label should, before delivering the Commercial Vehicle to the transferee, destroy the commercial vehicle label. Any unused portion of the annual fee is nonrefundable.

Expiry:

The owner of the commercial vehicle should destroy the Commercial Vehicle Label within 3 days after the expiration or revocation of the approval. The conditions of an approval require the approval holder to:

  1. Affix the approval to, or exhibit the approval on, a specified part of the vehicle identified in the approval facing outwards and as near as practicable to the registration label for the vehicle.
  2. If the approval holder requests the issue of a replacement approval they must complete a statutory declaration detailing the facts and circumstances of the loss, destruction or damage of the original approval.
  3. Enter into an agreement with the local government to indemnify the local government against claims (including claims made against the approval holder by the local government) for personal injury (including death) and damage to property (including economic loss) arising by, through or in connection with the use of a vehicle under the approval.
  4. If the approval holder is a business they must take out and maintain insurance against personal injury and property damage resulting from the activities authorised by the approval.
  5. Take specified measures to reduce the impact of the activities authorised by the approval so that the activities do not:
    • Create a traffic nuisance.
    • Increase an existing traffic nuisance.
    • Detrimentally affect the efficiency of the road network in which the activity is undertaken.
  6. The application must be signed by the owner or in the case of a partnership by one of the partners thereof, or in the cases of a company or an unincorporated association by an authorised officer.

Subordinate Local Law 5 2011 section 8 subsection 3 conditions:

  1. For the purposes of subsection (2)(c)(iii) - a motor vehicle is not constructed, fitted or equipped for the carriage of goods unless:
    • The motor vehicle has been modified to facilitate the carriage of goods.
    • The modification is permanent, for example, the removal of rear passenger seats from the motor vehicle, not merely the folding down of the rear seats of the motor vehicle.
    • As a consequence of the modification, not less than 50 percent of the internal space of the motor vehicle may only be used for the carriage of goods.
    • Certified copy of authorised vehicle modification approval required if subsection 3 conditions apply to your application.

Show cause:

The approval may be amended, suspended or cancelled by issue of a show cause notice outlining proposed action.

Permit renewals:

To assist in the maintenance of ongoing parking arrangements where existing permits are in place, this application needs to be submitted within 28 days of the expiry of previous permits.

Related documents

Parking permit - commercial vehicle form

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